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Old 21-07-2019, 11:10 AM
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Modifying a Meade giant field tripod to accept EQ6 head

Has anyone done this? I imagine it would be necessary to include a pier-type extension like the one Orion make - raises it by 8-9 inches to let the CWs clear the tripod legs. But mounting an EQ6 on a pier extension and still be able to do azimuth adjustments for polar alignment is what has me a bit stuck. Any thoughts - preferably with engineering drawings ?

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Old 21-07-2019, 06:06 PM
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Sounds like an interesting idea...
I use the SW 200mm pier extension on the top of my fixed pier. Uses a 12.5mm central bolt.
The top plate of the extension holds the original stop pin for the Az adjustment, so any ALT-AZ adjustments are carried out as per normal as they would with the original SW tripod.
Hope this helps.
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Old 21-07-2019, 06:27 PM
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I modified surveyor-type tripod to accept LXD75, by adding adapter.. .. EQ6 is a bit bigger, that's all the difference there is.
(the setup on the image was used for imaging total Sun eclipse in Cairns)

My pier adapter may give you the idea for your project
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Old 22-07-2019, 03:20 AM
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Thanks gents. I'll report back.

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