A bit of back story.
This was my third attempt at a workable guide scope configuration.
It ended up being too heavy and way to hard to balance and align...I knew I was in trouble when I had to rig up an additional counter weight.
I went completely to the other end of the spectrum and tried the 30mm guide scope mounted in the hot-shoe of the camera. That turned out to be too unstable because the hot-shoe doesn't hold it tightly enough.
Two guide scopes and an expensive side-by-side bar later my final set up consists of this:
Standard Canon lens mount ring attached to:
iOptron Dove Tail plate:
Dove tail plate is attached to the center bar of the above side-by-side rig.
I initially thought it would be too long, but it turns out with all the cables and distances required its the right length. Any sufficiently long bar with holes in the right place would work. I can send you detailed pics if you need.
Several screws from Home Depot
It balances well, it's under the capacity and polar-alignment is good. Centering objects is still a challenge for me, but I'm working on it.
Canon T3i modified
ZWO-30mm guide scope
Altair Astro GPCAM130
SharpCap Pro, ATP, Starry Night, Photshop, PHD
Intel NUC NUC7I5BNK
Sent from Mail
for Windows 10