Be careful not to cross-thread the tripod socket

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Be careful not to cross-thread the tripod socket

Post by alt-az-builder » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:10 pm

In order to make the Hitch Hiker as lightweight as possible, the axis shafts are machined from aluminum. Therefore, the threaded holes used to hold the saddle in place and to hold the mount onto a tripod stud are somewhat soft. Care should be exercised to avoid cross-threading these tapped holes.

When starting the tripod stud into the threaded "socket" on the bottom of the mount, it is best to loosen the azimuth friction-control and carefully rotate the shaft (rather than spinning the entire mount) so that one can feel that the stud is properly starting into the socket. If there is any doubt about proper engagement, back up and try again. When the stud is properly engaging the socket, there will be little resistance until the bottom of the mount contacts the flat top surface of the tripod. Never assume that force is needed to screw the mount down onto the stud. This will NEVER be the case!

In attaching the saddle to the hub of the altitude shaft, start all four (or in some cases two) screws before tightening any one screw fully. It will ALWAYS be the case that each screw will EASILY engage the tapped holes in the hub. If you do not feel a screw easily engaging one of the holes, then the screw is NOT PROPERLY ALIGNED to the hole. STOP IMMEDIATELY! Back the screw out of the hole. Make sure that all of the other screws are loose and that the saddle can be moved a little so that proper alignment of the screw and tapped hole can be achieved.

Always follow this general rule: NEVER FORCE ANYTHING!

Also, never over-tighten anything. Screws should only be made snug -- just tight enough to remain fixed in place. No screw should ever leave a pronounced score-mark in the bottom of a slot or a mating surface.

Charles

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