Mounting C8 on a Skywatcher EQ5 Pro with Synscan
Posted 13 January 2010 - 08:17 AM
Posted 13 January 2010 - 01:29 PM
To do this, you only need to purchase the dovetail.
The correct dovetail is the Losmanday V series VSCT13. It is VERY hard to find the actual Celetron C8 dovetails on the used market, so buying the Losmandy is about the only guarenteed way to go.
This dovetail will mount on MOST C8s and Meade 203SCs (the meade 8" SCT).
It won't mount on ALL of them though. In order to mount with the standard dovetail, there has to be a pair of screw holes at the 6" oclock position of the mirror housing about 1" or so apart. If the scope does not have this pair of holes, the situation may be a bit difference.
Some of the later scopes do not have the right hole spacing in the rear cell to mount the standerd skinny dovetail. These scope may have a pair of holes 1.75" apart at the bottom of the rear housing. For these, you can still use the VSCT13 dovetail, but in addition, you also need the correct bracket. This is Losmandy VCB8. This bracket set has a brackt with 1.75" holes that is used in the rear. You screw the VCB8 brackets to the scope, then screw the dovetail to the VCB8 brackets.
Now if you don't have ANY holes back there, then you will need rings, but the VAST VAST majority of C8s have one or the other (or perhaps both) sets of holes.
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