Tag : eq6

Adapting a sturdy wooden tripod from a to an EQ-6 mount

The TL-110 is a sturdy wooden tripod formerly sold by Astromeccanica. It closely resembles the Baader AHT, or others found in precision measurement instruments such as theodolites. It comes with two kinds of leg ends: a set of felt pads for use on hard surfaces (e.g. pavement), and a set of sharp points for use on soft grounds like grass. Furthermore, the package includes a standard mounting plate that attaches to the tripod by means of three hex-headed screws and […]

Tuning the Synta EQ6: a “Technical Nightmare!”

In fall 2004 my beefiest mount was a Losmandy GM8, which I still happily own. The most obvious upgrade would have been the G11, but back then, I simply could not afford it. The Synta EQ6 was a very cheap option, widely known for its very good price/performance ratio but also for its poor mechanical quality. I ran into a (like new) used one, which I paid about 750, or almost 1/4 of a new G11. In december 2004, I […]