I decided that with the nearly full load of the OTA's I wanted a dovetail adapter made from something other than cast aluminum. I elected to build my own dovetail fixture based on the Losmandy-D dovetail bar and clamp.
Here's a couple of shots of the finished adapter.
The partially completed adapter. The two 3/8" 303 Stainless pins guide the moveable jaw and help keep the flex to a minimum.
Finished adapter installed on the mounting.
Scope on the bar and fastened to the mounting.
Adapter with the bar. The series of holes are a scale for balancing purposes. The zero index is the three holes, balance point for the scope with all accessories installed and an average eyepiece.
Detail of scale.
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