Astrotrac Adapter Plate and 3/8" Large Photo Screw for EQ3 Aluminium Tripod
Adapter plate and bolt with 3/8" Large Photo thread for EQ3 Aluminium Tripod to attach Astrotrac wedge or possibly other photo/video heads via the supplied 3/8"x16 central bolt
Depending on how you want to setup your Astrotrac mount, e.g. via the Astrotrac TW3100 mounting wedge or a Manfrotto 410 geared head or something else, you will need an additional adapter to connect it to the EQ3 tripod that is now available as a separate upgrade kit.
It is compatible with the EQ3 tripod and possibly other similar tripods as well (e.g. our Fornax Aluminium Tripod or Astrotrac AT1 Aluminium tripod)
Please check out the description of our Astrotrac AT1 Aluminium Tripod as well for further information and ideas...
Please note, both the Astrotrac wedge TW3100 and Manfrotto 410 geared head come with a 3/8" standard photo thread, whilst the EQ3 tripod comes originally with an M10 threaded central fixing screw.
This kit with a 3/8" threaded screw and adapter plate is now available to make your EQ3 tripod compatible with the Astrotrac wedge TW3100 and Manfrotto 410 geared head. See image below:
Diameter of inner "platform": 60mm (this is the part that sticks out at the bottom and gets into the hole on the tripod's top...)
Diamter of central hole: 10.5mm
Overall thickness: 5mm
Thickness of top part: 3mm (this is the part that has a diameter of 70mm)
Thickness of bottom part: 2mm (this is the part that has a diameter of 60mm)
On this tripod that is available separately note that the azimuth adjustment spike has been cut back so that its height is 7mm, in this way the Astrotrac wedge can be placed on top of the tripod (The Astrotrac wedge has got its own azimuth adjustment system...). There are cut-off sections/deepenings underneath of the wedge, so we didn't have to cut the spike fully back. In this way the azimuth spike can keep its function when used with a Fornax-10 mount.
The Astrotrac wedge mounted on top of the tripod. WEDGE AND TRIPOD ARE NOT INCLUDED! Note the four washers used to achieve the necessary length of the screw. (One washer was supplied with the M10 screw with the tripod and we included the other three with the 3/8" large photo screw in this kit. Due to the minor difference between M10 and 3/8" , the washers are compatible both ways...)