Old Celestar 8 OTA on CG5?
Posted 18 May 2009 - 07:47 PM
I got a trusty Celestar 8 Deluxe, optically it has always been superb. However as I attach more and more accessories(those ones necessary for planetary imaging), it's prone to vibrations(RA motor vibrations).
I'd like to know if there is a way to attach my Celestar 8 OTA to a CG-5GT ... BTW, it's on "clearance sale" at OPT ( $ 590.00 )
Perhaps someone could tell me if there's a dovetail that fits my Celestar 8(or any other way). If so, where can I purchase what's necessary to mount it properly on it?
Thanks in advance!!
Posted 18 May 2009 - 08:27 PM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:01 PM
I did see OPT had such dovetails, but I didn't know the CG-5 was a Vixen style one
Now, would any vixen style dovetail do the job, or is there any recommended??
Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:04 PM
There is one thing though, my Nexstar8 I tried to remove it from the fork arm & put it on the newer SE mount & got a bar just like you are doing but that scope did not have maching holes to put a vixen bar.
So get OPT to look & see if your OTA has holes to put a vixen bar. because the oringinal Nexstar8 was meant for the none removeable fork arm they did not put match holes on the front to back of the ota there were a couple screws holes but it would have been on an angle.
Hope that helps
Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:32 PM
Posted 18 May 2009 - 10:42 PM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 06:25 AM
Posted 19 May 2009 - 06:31 AM
and these curved mounting blocks to make unnecessary drilling any hole on the OTA:
No drills used or any holes inflicted whereever; all stock off-the-shelf parts. Does the job and the 8 OTA is now securely perched atop my newly acquired CG-5 GT. Hope this helps.
Posted 19 May 2009 - 09:14 AM
Now I got more than enough info to ask a lot of questions to OPT... you all have helped me a lot, thanks!!!
Posted 20 May 2009 - 01:46 AM
Thanks a lot for your kind and valious input!
I will keep you informed once I do the purchase.