Deluxe Field Tripod has no micro adjustment.
#884 Deluxe Field Tripod is designed to be use
in two positions: Alt/Az position and Polar home position.
However, it is not easy to use this tripod in either one
of the positions precisely because there is no micro adjust
of any kind on this tripod. It is practically impossible
to perform a precision Polar alignment with the Meade
#884 Deluxe Field Tripod tripod. No
precision adjustment, no precsion alignment.
Precision Polar alignment
is now possible! Install this Micro Adjustment Kit
and you can have precision adjustment in your Meade
#884 Deluxe Field Tripod
for the Alt/Az and Polar positions. A small
screw driver is all you need to install the kit.
Altitude scale is anything but precision on the Meade
#884 Deluxe Field Tripod. This only allow
very rough, non-precision adjustment of the altitude setting.
You have to hold on to the telescope and move the altitude
rod up and down to change Latitude. You then tighten it
with the lock on the side. This is the altitude lock lever.
Micro Adjustment Modification kit, replaces the Latitude
Adjustment Rod on the Meade #884 tripod. All you
need is to use a screw driver to remove the original
Latitude Adjustment Rod and replace it with the Micro
Adjustment Rod. The entire upgrade would take less
than three minutes.
Micro adjustment kit allow precision leveling of the
tripod top platform in the Alt/Az home position. You
turn the adjustment nut to raise of lower the platform.
Micro adjustment kit allow precision altitude adjustment
Polar home position. The threaded rod allows
precision altitude adjustment. You turn the
adjustment nut to change the Latitude of the telescope.
Micro Adjustment Kit come with all the hardware needed and
instruction. NO drilling required. Only a small
straight blade screw drive is need to install the Micro
Tripod in pictures are for illustration only and is not
include in this sale.
1) The original latitude
adjustment rod can be removed with a small straight blade screw
driver from the side of the top plate of the tripod.
2) Refer to the pictures on this page for placement of the wing
nuts, washers and the plastic spacer.
3) Install the screw
rod in place of the latitude adjustment rod and secure it with the
same screw that was remove from the original rod. One of the wind
nut and washer is on the top, the other is at the bottom. The top
wing nut is to level the top plate. You turn the top wing nut until
the top plate is somewhat parallel to the bottom plate.
4) The bottom wing nut
is to adjust the latitude to the approximate Latitude of your location.
for example: Los Angeles is about 34 degree north. Exact degree
is not needed for the initial installation because you will use
the Polaris for polar alignment. You will djust the bottom wing
nut until Polaris is aligned.
5) Please refer to proper Polar
6) Please refer to this page for pre-aligment