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#1 cruling

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:27 PM

Hi everyone

I got my CG-5 mount today, but I have a little problem with the counter weight, it is too heavy to balance my 80mmED OTA, i need a lighter one, maybe a 5lb, any advice?
I have been looking online to find one, but seems there is not many options? what's the good place to find stuff like that?
Thanks, Y.Fan

#2 SeattleScott

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:35 PM

I have a 7.5lb that I got from Orion. I don't know of anything lighter off-hand.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:51 PM

7.5lb, it might work, I just did a rough calculation, any thing less than 10lb should work well.

#4 orlyandico

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 01:15 AM

there is a (damnable pricey) Vixen counterweight that's 4.2lb

http://telescopes.ne...-9kg-4-2lb.html

this would fit the shaft of a CG5.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:59 AM

I have 2 of the Orion 7.5 lb weights and they fit perfectly and match the Celestron finish too. The Orion counterweights are slightly smaller outside diameter than the standard Celestron 11 lb weight.

#6 lakeorion

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 07:30 AM

ScopeStuff has counterweights that screw into the end of the shaft where the 'toe saver' bolt goes. Look for those.

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 12:26 PM

If you can't find one used, I can make you one for much cheaper than a new one would cost. I think I could do it for maybe $20 shipped, depending on where you live.

(don't everyone come asking me for counterweights now, this is not a repeat offer! haha)

#8 cruling

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:40 PM

Thank you jbalsam for the offer, I think I will just buy one from orion, the 7.5lb will work for me. thank you again.

#9 Tom and Beth

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 11:21 PM

An old sock with marbles?

I have lost too many marbles to offer to build you one :lol:

#10 RTLR 12

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:40 AM

I use the Orion 7.5 CW with my 80mm refractor. Works just fine. Mounts just about have way up on the shaft.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

How about a ScopeStuff shaft extension? One of those. along with a 1lbs toe saver, also from ScopeStuff, allowed me to go back to one CW.


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