Is There a Way to Prevent Z61 + SkyGuider from Hitting Tripod?

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Michael Kucinski New Member • Posts: 1
Is There a Way to Prevent Z61 + SkyGuider from Hitting Tripod?

Hey everyone,

I'm just getting into Astrophotography and I've been very happy with the RedCat 51 mounted to an iOptron SkyGuider Pro. I wanted something with a bit more reach, so I just got the Williams Optics Z61, which seems to be the largest scope you can mount on the SkyGuider.

After mounting the Z61 to the counter weight bracket, I find that I cannot fully rotate the tracker's chuck without having the camera/scope hit my tripod:

Z61 + Flattener + Canon 6D on SkyGuider Pro

Rotation causes camera to hit center column

Has anyone else encountered this issue before? I've seen many people post that they have this setup, and no one mentioned rotational issue, so I assume I'm missing something obvious. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Sittatunga Senior Member • Posts: 2,094
Re: Is There a Way to Prevent Z61 + SkyGuider from Hitting Tripod?

Michael Kucinski wrote:

Hey everyone,

I'm just getting into Astrophotography and I've been very happy with the RedCat 51 mounted to an iOptron SkyGuider Pro. I wanted something with a bit more reach, so I just got the Williams Optics Z61, which seems to be the largest scope you can mount on the SkyGuider.

After mounting the Z61 to the counter weight bracket, I find that I cannot fully rotate the tracker's chuck without having the camera/scope hit my tripod:

Z61 + Flattener + Canon 6D on SkyGuider Pro

Rotation causes camera to hit center column

Has anyone else encountered this issue before? I've seen many people post that they have this setup, and no one mentioned rotational issue, so I assume I'm missing something obvious. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Do your imaging sessions often last longer than 15 continuous hours? If not, I'd suggest you set up just clear of the tripod at the start of the run.

Mw74 Junior Member • Posts: 26
Re: Is There a Way to Prevent Z61 + SkyGuider from Hitting Tripod?

Not a SkyGuider owner, but I've the same scope and hit the same problem with my Star Adventurer.

Solution was to fabricate a long dovetail bar which sits the mount well clear of the tripod.

Works perfectly.

Aaron@Utah Senior Member • Posts: 1,595
Re: Is There a Way to Prevent Z61 + SkyGuider from Hitting Tripod?

I have this setup and the only way is to get the scope/camera more forward

I use the vixen mount on the SG and then use a vixen plate on the scope allowing it to move more forward   but who knows how this will effect your balance

Then again I have never imaged long enough to have to worry about what your running into

Plus I would never think of shooting with the center post of the tripod that far extended either but thats just me

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Aaron@Utah Senior Member • Posts: 1,595
Re: Is There a Way to Prevent Z61 + SkyGuider from Hitting Tripod?

I forgot to mention one important thing that may get you the clearance without doing anything else    turn the tripod collar on the telescope around 180 degrees so it moves your camera forward  that alone will get about 4 inches or more clearance than the setup pictured

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