Modifying a calton altz mount to become one of the best everHi

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To make this discussion complete......what of those innox alt mount. These are mount without slow motion control. Basically its a push to mount.lt works well when mounted in perfect balance,hence making afocal photography almost impossible. Thus l still prefer my carlton mount.
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superiorstream wrote: Sun Nov 27, 2022 6:05 pm Hi Akdwived
I got that L shaped bracket from aliexpress through koko.again.
Thank you, I will connect with Koko..
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Hi
As a final touch to the discussion
The other day bfd.....or Mr yeo.....came to my house and l show him how to modify the carlton mount without making the 2cm plus circular piece.
Basically just get 2 m6 approximately 5.3mm long screw and then a china made dovetail.......only that shown in the top 2 photos got EXACTLY the screw spacing needed......and just fix it at the side....see that 2 photos. SIMPLE.
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superiorstream wrote: Thu Dec 15, 2022 9:06 am Hi
As a final touch to the discussion
The other day bfd.....or Mr yeo.....came to my house and l show him how to modify the carlton mount without making the 2cm plus thick circular aluminium piece.
Basically just get 2 m6 approximately 5.3mm long screw and then a china made dovetail.......only that shown in the top 2 photos got EXACTLY the screw spacing needed......and just fix it at the side....see that 2 photos .....the 2nd and the third photo from the top. SIMPLE.
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And yes.....forgot the half hitch type of Az mount.
Again that type of mount works on the well balance principle. Thus adjustment is needed when you add in a camera. Although using sliding counterweight may do the trick ,but price wise ,this carlton is....in my opinion still better......
Hence ,to me this carlton modified is still the better choice.
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Hi,
I have made the modification to the carton mount by attaching a vixen saddle to the side, without any extra machined parts. What I am curious about is whether the base of the carton mount can be removed/modified to attach to a standard tripod like the celestron 2inch steel tripod. The current wooden tripod legs seem to be the weak point in stability rather than the mount itself.
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yes it can be removed, locking ring has 3 set screws. loosen set screws and unthread locking rings.
you need a custom machine plate to attach to any tripod
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Thanks for the info. Unfortunately the ring on mine seems to be stuck... Even after removing all 3 set screws it is almost impossible to unthread the locking ring.
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I see.. let me check my mount tonight if any attachment. I saw someone opened the base
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Probably due to dried stubborn grease? My mount locking ring can be removed but found that there are 3 small pins attached from tripod hub to mount, I think it needs to be removed to detach. But I am still not sure mount can be detached from tripod hub after remove these 3 pins.

There are 2 type of Carton TA mount, blue one with tripod hub and metallic color without hub, slight different at the base.
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