Balancing 5se scope on cg5
Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:42 PM
I had a brilliant idea.
On the Celestron 5se, there is a 'nameplate' on the back side of the rail, towards the eyepiece end. I found that I could forcefully remove that (it's toast now, wouldn't slide out) and rotate the rail 180 degrees. This put a thicker part that has two 1/4" threaded holes towards the front of the scope.
Now I can find or make some counterweights to screw into said holes, and suddenly.... my scope is in balance! So much for paying 70 dollars for a rail mounted counterweight.
I don't know about the nexstar 6/8se scopes, but I would imagine this may be possible there too.
I'll post some photos later. Now, if I can find some camera thread counterweights for cheap, I'll buy a couple to play with. If not, I'll take a long screw, and put a bunch of washers on it.
Maybe something like this? http://www.adorama.com/RPSCWFP.html
Just don't know if I would need more than 8 oz..
Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:27 AM
Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:18 PM