Lunt dovetail

In my research for a way to mount the Lunt LS50THA to the Meade LX70, I found out Lunt sells dovetail plates so I order one. 

It came with screws which was nice.  I moved them to the inner position and they aligned correctly with the Lunt.  I did need an Allen wrench so decided to get a new one to go with my astronomy tools.

The dovetail fit fine in the LX70 and secured with the main screw.  The only drawback was the second screw didn’t work in the locking position as it would have with the included dovetail.

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Small Dovetail

When doing my research for dovetail bolts, I found a dovetail from Orion that look like it was designed exactly for a camera since it had single bolt.

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Dovetail Bolts

The Meade LX70 Mount I recently purchased came with a dovetail mounting plate but nothing to attach to a telescope.  So, I did some research.  It appears the bolt is a 1/4” bolt that is the same used on cameras.  This made sense since I was able to mount the Lunt telescope to a standard camera tripod.  I looked for some on Amazon and found two types.

One was a male-to-male which I thought would work for my Canon T3i.  I was thinking I could put it on the LX70 Mount and try some astrophotography shots.

The second bolt I selected seemed like it might work for the dovetail and thought the retractable handle would make it easier to unscrew by hand.

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