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#1 Mike4242

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 05:14 PM

This part came with my CG-5 mount today and I have no idea what it is. Anybody have any idea? :question:

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#2 simpleisbetter

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 05:22 PM

Nothing much, it's the cheesy little dovetail plate Celestron sends with all their mounts. Not good quality, would hold a small lightweight scope. I only keep mine in case I were to ever decide to put a 1/4"x20 screw in the center hole and use for DSLR photography.

#3 Cliff Hipsher

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 05:42 PM

Yep, its a dove tail plate all rightie. You're supposed to bolt a set of rings to the plate, put an OTA in the rings, and then put the whole she-bang on the mount.

Because it fits into the "saddle", some call it a saddle plate.

If you want a better plate, try here: Scope Stuff

#4 Mike4242

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:06 PM

Thanks! I thought it might be a dovetail plate. Definitely don't need it -- my scopes already have dovetail plates and rings.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:33 PM

I think they sell for a fortune. I hear folks looking for them frequently. Toss it on astromart if your not gonna use it.
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#6 Mike4242

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:27 PM

I guess I should go fish it out of the trash then. :shocked:

#7 oldstargazer

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:11 PM

If you still have it mine didn't come with that and I sure could use it for my old 60mm so I could put it on my mount. So if you have and would like to part with it let me know and maybe we can make a deal.

#8 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:22 AM

Nothing much, it's the cheesy little dovetail plate Celestron sends with all their mounts. Not good quality, would hold a small light weight scope. I only keep mine in case I were to ever decide to put a 1/4"x20 screw in the center hole and use for DSLR photography.


There's plenty of metal there to handle a 10 pound scope... It's short so it is plenty stiff.

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#9 Mike4242

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:53 AM

Ralph -- PM me your address and it is yours. I'll just mail it to you.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:33 PM

I used mine to make a DSLR lens mount
with autoguider.

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