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#1 fuzzystuff4ever

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 08:14 AM

First, hello to everyone as I have just joined. My question: does anyone sell a smaller (less than 11 lb.) counterweight which will fit the CG5 dec shaft? I have some smaller scopes (SV66, C90, etc.) which cannot balance with the 11 lb. weight. Orion has a 7.5 lb. weight advertised but I don't know if the hole diameter will fit. Thanks.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:04 AM

The Orion fit perfectly. I have 2 of them for use with my CG-5s. Also Celestron use to supply the C6N ASGT with a 7½ lb and a 4 lb counter weight. Celestron does not sell them, but I have found them used.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:15 PM

I bought the SkyWatcher 3.42&1.8 kg (7.5 and 4 lbs) set from here and they work fine with my CG5:

http://www.kwtelesco...m/SW_Mounts.htm

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:17 PM

I have a couple of Vixen counterweights that are less weight. One is 6.2 pounds and the other is 4.2 pounds. They are very handy for lightweight scopes and I love the white color. Much easier to see. Good luck.

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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:23 PM

Oops, forgot to mention that they both fit the CG-5 counterweight shaft beautifully.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:12 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses. The Skywatcher ones look like a good idea, but it seems I may have to get them from a Canadian vendor (if possible); none of the American Skywatcher dealers seem to carry them.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:16 PM

Orion has the 7½ lb counter weight.

http://www.telescope...Orion-Counte...

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:30 PM

Stan;

I saw those on their site just a couple of weeks ago, and I may have been hallucinating but I remember the ad stating that they fit the CG5 mount as well, but it doesn't say that anymore. Since it's Orion I can always return it if necessary if it doesn't fit. Thanks.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

Here's one on one of my CG-5s...

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:00 PM

Stan;

Looks like a winner. BTW, very pretty setup with the shiny black WO.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 03:23 PM

Thanks...It's actually a Celestron Onyx 80 EDF. I added a WO retro 2 speed focuser.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

For light counter weights you can use a length of 16mm all thread, a couple of nuts and as meny washers as you need. 1" washers are a nice weight but you'll have to find some 3/4" thin walled tube to fit over the all thread to center them on the all thread.






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