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#1 RodgerHouTex

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 01:27 PM

So I just bought a CG5 and I was assembling it. There is a cylindrical projection sticking down from the bottom of the mount head that is supposed to fit in the hole in the tripod. So I sat the mount head on the tripod and there is like 1/8 to 1/4 in. play side to side all around. In other words the cylindrical part on the mount head is that much smaller than the hole in the tripod. Is that what others have noted? It's almost like there should be a sleeve to take up the play. Or have other folks just tightened the screw that threads up into the mount head and went about their merry way with no problems.

I did some looking on the internet and some of the photos of the mount look like they have something like a sleeve there, while photos of the (newer?) mounts (the one with the big C sticker on them, like mine) don't. It also looks like Celestron replaced that particular section of the mount manual with a picture of the (newer?) mount.

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#2 Robert Fink

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 01:35 PM

No, I've had both a CG-5 and a CGEM and in both cases the whole fit. Have you loosened the polar alignment knobs? The can prevent you from seating it.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 07:22 PM

Mine has some play, no sleeve there. Probably a diameter difference of about 1/8 inch. It doesn't seem to hurt anything.

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Posted 19 March 2011 - 08:31 PM

Very little play in mine either, and none when the bottom screw gets tightened.
And yes, then I went my merry way with it! :lol:

#5 RodgerHouTex

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:15 AM

No Robert it's properly seated. It's almost like Celestron put this mount head on a tripod they were using for another scope without redesigning it for a proper fit. Is this another example of poor quality from China?

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 08:26 AM

No Robert it's properly seated. It's almost like Celestron put this mount head on a tripod they were using for another scope without redesigning it for a proper fit. Is this another example of poor quality from China?


Nope. This works perfectly well when fully assembled and everything reasonaly tightened down.

#7 RodgerHouTex

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:56 AM

Thanks Uncle Rod. I'm going to give it a shot. Hope the electronics cooperate.






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