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Old 16-05-2018, 04:00 PM
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Alex i made a sketch of the cube, i think when i get the money i will be able to make it!
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You can make something using mainly cement.
I made a mold from thin ply and put in a fair bit of steel and mesh...but if you use the top of your tripod unbolted from the legs you can pour the cement and stick in some brackets to bolt the top of the tripod and mount.
Having your mount set up you can cover it easier than making a cube...any ways you will think of something.
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Alex i made a sketch of the cube, i think when i get the money i will be able to make it!
Of course you can do it ..it is very simple really. And when you know the stuff you need and put the story around folk sometime come forward..."well I have a sheet of ply you could have" well thats one down.

And honestly if you keep your eyes open stuff comes along. ..I have seen materials on Council clean ups that you build many.
Those ancient bed frames for example can replace the pine frame work...you may find other timber a bit at a time.
But you probably need to do your pier...you could even make the mold out of cardboard just paint it to keep the moisture of the cement away until it sets.
Work out how short you need a pier and the job wont seem as big☺and you only need a pier so dont worry about a cement surround that can come later...probably the best thing is to get a stable pier ready for when you will be doing narrow band as the dark site will be less important.
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Funny...
I just recalled the first pier I made ..it was a plastic bucket for the mold and I cast the brackets in cement with a bit of wire in there for strength...and that was for my lxd 55 Meade 150 mm reflector and its goto mount...did it the way I suggested..it only has to be tall enough so the scope clears the ground...its not as though you are observing thru the scope ...
I made the molds for the mount brackets (3)out of cardboard and didnt even paint them to water proof them but it turned out great...ots still up in the bush somewhere.
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Cut the bottom out of the bucket and turned it up with small end up and open.
Made cardboard molds with sticky tape and a corn flake box ..made little cardboard cylinders where the bolt would take the end of the tripod with out legs...ran some wire so some stuck out and gently packed each bracket with concrete and the while wet filled the bucket and stuck the brackets in...I recall I used a template ti make sure they were in position.

Hope that helps...not tall enough use two buckets and make the piet barrel like...form follows function but can provide interesting results.
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