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Balancing 5se scope on cg5

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#1 Jmel


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:42 PM

I posted this tonight on another forum...

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..

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 10:27 AM

Most dovetails have 1/4-20 holes in them for installing emergency stops. I have several small weights from ScopeStuff that have the same thread and I frequently just screw a one-pounder into the front hole in order to be able to slide the SCT further back into the saddle and make balancing easier.

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:18 PM

Good to know. I think 1 pound will be good. I'm going to try to build something I think, as weights seem very expensive for what you get.

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