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#1 Rumbleripper

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 06:47 PM

Hi Everyone:

Just recently acquired a CPC HD 925 and am looking to get a wedge for the scope. I have read there are a few aftermarket companies that make very good although pricey wedges. Also read that Celestron's previous HD wedge was not very good. However their new wedge from what I gather seems to be better and is less money than the aftermarket ones.
My question is, is the new Celestron HD wedge as good as the others or is it worth spending a little more for the other brands, and if so which of the aftermarket wedges is the best/easiest to use?

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#2 dragonslayer1

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 09:21 PM

I have a CPC 9.25 that I put on the Celestron HD. wedge last year and really like it. I have not tried any other but can only attest to the Celes one and really like it. It is built like a tank as they say
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Posted 11 March 2013 - 10:43 PM

Someone a while back said they put the heavy in the duty when Celestron built it and they weren't kidding. I get spot on polar alignments with mine.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:30 AM

I have the APT wedge on a steel pier for my CPC800 and highly recommend it. Rock solid and simple to use.

#5 Rumbleripper

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:57 AM

Thanks everyone.

Seems like the new Celestron wedge is good enough here, and the cost a bit better then the aftermarket ones. I will probably be ordering one in the next few weeks and report back.

Thanks again.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:54 PM

I have a cpc 1100 on the new wedge. It is solid but there is a need for dampening time. If going visual, get an electronic focuser, even the slightest touch and the scope bounces a little.

I have had the scope on the wedge for many, many months now, I hibernate it after every use, to this day, the gotos are spot on in 10mm eyepiece.

#7 Rumbleripper

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:52 PM

Hey Telescopemullet:

Do you think the dampening is due to the wedge?
Would any of the other wedges have this issue?

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#8 Rumbleripper

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:57 PM

Hi Karen:

Where did you get your APT wedge? Does it need time to settle down after focusing?

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:20 PM

Ordered it from APT Astro. It's permanently mounted on a steel pier in my observatory. It's really a beast, I would think that there really wouldn't be any issues with it in terms of thermal stability or movement due to "settling". I can tap on it while observing/imaging w/o issues.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:24 PM

It seems they are out of business, their link goes to somewhere in the orient.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 11:25 PM

It is 100% due to the wedge.

#12 Rumbleripper

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:30 PM

Thanks again everyone. May look at the Mitty wedge as it is the only aftermarket one easily available.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:58 PM

I had a Mitty Proline wedge for my old CPC0800 and it was an AWESOME wedge. It weighs a whopping 35lbs and built like a tank.

http://www.optcorp.c...telescopes.html

See images of my old CPC0800 equipment in "Peter's Galleries" in my signature and then click on "Old Equipment".

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 05:09 PM

I use a Milburn deluxe wedge, which is tank-heavy but works great. I got mine off Amart, but I think Ken still sells them.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:36 PM

Hi Everyone:

So I found an excellent deal on a new un used Celestron HD wedge so I made the purchase. Should have it within a week and will give my impressions when it arrives.

Thanks to all for your input.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:32 AM

Hi Everyone:

So I found an excellent deal on a new un used Celestron HD wedge so I made the purchase. Should have it within a week and will give my impressions when it arrives.

Thanks to all for your input.


Hopefully that's the newHD Pro wedge and not the HD wedge. The new version is very nice. I had absolutely no complaints. The old one was worthless for imaging.

#17 Rumbleripper

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 06:33 AM

Hi Adam:

Yes it is the new version.






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