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Can a Nexstar 8SE be mounted on a CGEM

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#1 Tulnic


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

And if yes, any recommended CGEM?

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

When you say CGEM do you mean any EQ style mount or specifically the Celestron CGEM EQ mount? The OTA from an 8SE will fit on a CGEM mount, but you need to add a "D" style dovetail. The 8SE OTA will mount on a CG-5 EQ mount without any modification.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:51 PM


Welcome to Cloudy Nights.

If you get the CGEM you may eventually want to replace the saddle with this one:


which allows you to attach both the CGE/D/Losmandy (wide) and the CG-5/V/Vixen (skinny) dovetails. That way you can attach most any OTA (optical tube assembly) to your mount. Otherwise you would need to get the larger dovetail and attach it to the OTA, like this:


CGEM is Celestron's Computerized German Equatorial Mount. They have two of them, the standard CGEM and the CGEM-DX. Either one can easily handle the 8SE OTA. The tripod that comes with the CGEM-DX is way heavier than the one that comes with the standard CGEM.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:02 PM

Hi Tulnic and welcome to Cloudy Nights!

Like Stan says, it sounds like you might be using "CGEM" generically to mean an equatorial mount? A CGEM is a specific mount made by celestron. "GEM" is the generic term to mean a German equatorial Mount.

Your 8SE OTA (optical tube assembly) can be mounted on any GEM that has a vixen style dovetail seat ... and most of them do.

Before recommending a specific mount, it would be helpful to know if you want to use it for visual or astrophotography.


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Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

If you can swing the CGEM and the weight (40#+/-) isn't an issue, go for one. Used about 2X the price of a CG-5, but worth it IMO.

ADM also makes an adapter that fits the "D" (3" wide) and then accepts the Vixen format 1.7" wide dovetail that is fitted to your SE C8. Adapter runs about $100. A Celestron D spec dovetail for the SE C8 can be had for $30 on eBay, but then you lose the ease of use on the SE mount.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 02:56 PM

Yes, a Nexstar 8 SE tube can be placed on a CGEM :).

To make it work 'out of the box' you'll need one or the other item listed by WarmWeatherGuy above. My choice would be a dual-saddle.

Check out AM for some good deals; just saw a hypertuned model for 1 grand!

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

Yes a nexstar 8 OTA can be placed on a CGEM. I have put my 8 inch OTA on CG5 and on a CGEM once and out of despiration on a vixen porta 2 mount. I would really not recommend the latter. It took a long time to settle down or did it?

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