#8947 Mar 2, 2002
I don't have a gemini but have the following to offer:
1. Observing on a rug is good on asphalt, protects dropped eyepieces
and gives the mount something to dig into. It can actually increase
2. Putting the same system on the grass is a disaster. The rug is
like a snowshoe lifting the mount above the grass and the rocking
will destroy accuracy.
3. I thought myself a clever lad to have gotten hand-knobbed bolts
to connect the head to the tripod base but last night was able to
confirm that no matter how much I tried I couldn't get them to be
tight enough to prevent some rocking of the equatorial head. I had
to go back to the old screws. I just couldn't apply enough torque to
the handles to get the thing to stay put. I think the C14 puts
considerably more stress on the mount than the 9.25 in this respect.