Mount replacement for classic C8
Posted 24 April 2010 - 11:54 AM
My name is Roberto and I like a lot astronomy. I found this website and now it's my favorite.
At the beggining of this year I bought a classic Celestron C8 telescope that comes with a fork and a really heavy tripod. I want to buy computerized mount like the CG-5GT, and I want to know if it is possible.
Is is to dangerous removing the fork ? Where can I buy the dovetails bars ?
Thanks in advance.
Posted 24 April 2010 - 12:45 PM
I remounted an old '81 Orange-Tube C8 about two years ago on a CG-5GT mount and it works very well.
You'll need to get a Vixen style dovetail bar and mount it to the C8. If your C8 is old like mine, you'll need radius blocks to get the dovetail centered on the tube. Both Losmandy and ADM have a kit for the C8; our CN sponsor, Astronomics, sells the Losmandy parts as #VSCT13 ($61.75) for the dovetail and #VCB8 ($25) for the radius blocks. Call Astronomics to make sure this will work for you.
If you don't have the mount, shop around. You should be able to get it for less than $600.
Removing the fork is not very hard, but you'll want to put short bolts in the resulting holes that do not get inside the tube and possibly interfere with the mirror movement during focusing.
My new mount made the old C8 a pleasure to use. You will love the result!
Posted 24 April 2010 - 09:03 PM
Posted 03 May 2010 - 11:58 PM