Posted on: October 11, 2009 /
Since getting my guiding telescope on top of my Meade LX200, I have run out of space to put other items around the telescope.
When you first get an LX200 telescope, you think there are lots of screws to use to add extras, but they soon get all used.
I currently have the Meade finder on the left hand side of the scope, the guiding scope in the middle on a rail and rings, on the right I have my Telrad.
The Telrad was originally stuck to the tube with some sticky padding although I wish I had never done this, so instead I drilled some holes into the Telrad base and screwed this into the tube. Because of all these items on the top of the scope, I then required weights on the underneath of the scope.
So, this means there is no space left for my DSLR camera, a bit of a pain if I want to do some normal widefield photography using my camera lenses. To get around this I decided to build a camera mount that would slot into the finder slot on the guiding telescope, which I was not using.
To do this I got myself a small piece of (1.5″ x 2″) wood which was about 2.5″ long.
I began by using a chisel to take out a line of wood where the finder mount would slide on, you could also do this with a screwdriver. The wood block will stay in place by using the screw on the finder mount on the telescope.
I then used the current metal camera mount I had and screwed this to the block of wood, between the metal camera mount and the piece of wood I did also add two rubber washers.
And that’s it, a simple way to add your camera onto your guiding scope.