Most Read Articles
Moon Phase
CURRENT MOON Waning Gibbous
The Sun Now
Time Zones
9:29 pm
6:29 pm
11:29 pm
New York
5:29 am
11:29 am
10:29 am

Go Back   IceInSpace > Equipment > ATM and DIY Projects

Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 21-10-2018, 06:13 PM
GC - South Aus's Avatar
GC - South Aus
Registered User

GC - South Aus is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 160
Skywatcher/Takahashi Sky Patrol III - Tripod Solution

Hi Everyone

This weekend I was interested in getting my Takahashi (Skywatcher Adventurer (SA) Hybrid) Sky Patrol III Mount out of hibernation to use with my Takahashi FS-60Q. I have really been neglecting this little mount, which can be used in both ALT-AZ or EQ mount designs (images below show the EQ setup). I bought the mount to use as a quick grab and go/travel mount for a Tak FS-60Q, Tak Sky 90II and for camera and lens combinations.

As can be seen in the images I am using a SA base for the Sky Patrol III with a dovetail, instead of the Tak base. The SA base also allows me to make elevation adjustments more easily.

The primary reason I have been neglecting this little beauty is due to the fact that I didn't have a tripod for it. I was originally thinking about getting a Berlebach Tripod, but on eBay they start at a minimum of $300 with most being overseas incurring an extra $100 in shipping. I then looked at my Manfrotto camera tripod, which is a fairly decent version, but even that didn't seem too sturdy for the purpose (especially for the Sky 90II!). Although it will probably be ok for travel with the FS-60Q and camera/lenses. The other issue I had was that I also didn't have a 3/8" screw plate for the tripod, which I needed for the SA base (another purchase!).

So I looked at the SA purpose built tripod, currently sold at Bintel for $139. But, I am also not too convinced by that either and for the price I am not too sure how sturdy it is by looking at the images.

So I turned my attention to my CGEM tripod, and with a visit to Bunnings and expenditure of approx $10 - $12 (on 3/8" steel thread rod, 3/8" nuts, 3/8" washers and 3/8" butterfly nuts). I have now managed to setup up the SA/Tak hybrid mount on the CGEM tripod. It is absolutely rock solid and such a simple solution.

So for anybody needing a rock solid tripod for the either the SA or the TAK TGM, consider using an exisiting tripod for a cheap and quick (approx 5 mins) solution. It is perfect and can still move it around so easily with one hand.

Only problem now is that I can't attach my Tak FS-60Q clamp to the mount as I don't have any of the right length M8 bolts. Bugger, looks like another trip to Bunnings!

Attached Thumbnails
Click for full-size image (IMG_1835.JPG)
115.8 KB20 views
Click for full-size image (IMG_1833.JPG)
71.4 KB20 views
Click for full-size image (IMG_1834.JPG)
88.5 KB20 views

Last edited by GC - South Aus; 21-10-2018 at 06:27 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 21-10-2018, 06:28 PM
Wilso (Darren)
Registered User

Wilso is offline
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Gawler
Posts: 227
Looks good!

I still recommend you sell it to me though
Reply With Quote
Old 21-10-2018, 06:36 PM
GC - South Aus's Avatar
GC - South Aus
Registered User

GC - South Aus is offline
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 160
Originally Posted by Wilso View Post
Looks good!

I still recommend you sell it to me though
Hey Wilso

Sorry mate, after eventually pulling it out of its box and setting it up I have decided to keep it! I guess I have to thank you for getting me motivated with it again!

But, if I do decide to sell I will keep you in mind first!

Also a thanks to Matt (aka Kunama) who sold it to me last year.

Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +10. The time is now 08:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.8.7 | Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SkyWatcher 2018 Catalogue
NexDome Observatories
Interest Free Finance
FLI Cameras and Imaging Accessories
OzScopes Authorised Dealer
Lunatico Astronomical
SkyWatcher WiFi Adaptor
Astronomy and Electronics Centre