Posted By David Simons
[/COLOR]Stu Lieberman said:
1> The pipe mount with 2 axis balancing is a very stable, low for comfortable viewing, smooth, and portable.
2> The finders are in a great position and I was very lucky to find an extremely lost cost (Home Depot $15.00) 'setting circle' finderscope aimer.
3> I was able to create primary adjustment 'knobs' for under $1.00. Just buy 40mm long metric Hex cap screws and fabricate a 3/8" spacer. Replace 1 screw at a time. It takes 3 minutes to exchange them. No tools needed to turn the 'knobs', fingers will do it. (Remove 1 screw and bring it to your harware store for a match). I cut a piece of aluminum tubing for the spacers.
The EP moves only about 10" from horizon to zenith and I can be in one sitting position for all elevations.
Nice way to solve the collimation problem on the little four and a half. I will have to look for the settng circle finderscope aimer at HD. I like the offset counterweight to get the ep. of the scope near the axis. It think something like this was done for GE mounts a long time ago, but it put the counterweight next to your head. (Springfield mount?)