Mounting new rings on Sky Watcher 180

The SkyMax 180 came with a Vixen mounting bar which I have found difficult to use at night due to the the large bulk of the tube. Therefore, I thought it would be useful to change it to a Losmandy bar. I also wanted to add a handle to make the scope easier to handle in the dark.

I have been drilling and bolting my new Orion telescope rings to create a cradle with Losmandy bar and handle for my SkyMax 180 scope this New Year’s morning!

Below = finished product. When I removed Vixen bar there was big crunch as inside the student a nut and holding bar fell off thankfully not onto mirror or corrector plate. So I had to remove the corrector plate and cell to get them out of tube and remove second nut from other bolt golding Vixen bar – needed to get it off to give room for the rings. Then 4 old belts required to pad out the rings bit big for tube. I had bought an aluminium bar for top of rings which I drilled this morning for the rings and to create mounting holes for the handle I purchased from Germany. I bought that one particularly because it has a slot in the middle of the handle – convenient for mounting another mounting bracket onto which I can place a guidescope held centrally so it does not imbalance the scope in use.

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