Vibration Suppression Pads

A shaky scope is not much of a scope. What is the cure? A new mount might fix things, but that means spending more money. Some people do not like the idea of removing the tube from an otherwise-nice fork mount to place it on a GEM just to cure the shakes. Do not worry; Celestron, Meade, and Orion will sell the shaky-scope owner an accessory to cure the problem (it is a shame they cannot just upsize their tripods a wee bit): little pads that can be placed under the tips of tripod legs to reduce vibration. These vibration suppression pads feature a metal cup isolated from the rest of the pad by vibration-absorbing Sorbothane material. When tripod leg tips are placed in these cups, vibrations are greatly reduced. This is a simple but effective idea and can reduce a telescope's "settling time" from a bad 10 seconds to a good 2 seconds, which may be just as much of an improvement as would be gained by placing the OTA on a fairly hefty GEM. One thing is sure: These pads cost a lot less than a new mount. Expect to pay about $50 for a set of three.

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