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Can I park a C14 like this?

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#1 dobsoscope

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 05:34 PM

Any harm done to the G11 if a C14 is left in this position?
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This is to gain some more tripod height in the observatory.
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#2 rolo

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 05:44 PM

No harm at all...

#3 Raginar

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:19 PM

If its balanced, it won't know the difference.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 08:10 PM

I'm doing the same thing with my AT12RC, for the same reasons. Works fine, and I'm not replacing the dust cap each time..

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 10:30 PM

While parking the mount like that may be safe, would you possibly be putting the OTA at risk of damage if the roof of the observatory were closed inadvertently without parking the mount? Would the gain of a couple of feet in height be worth that risk if it exists?

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 12:05 AM

If you are operating the mount remote or via internet you might want to use a camera or at least a switch to make sure the scope is in the correct position before opening or closing the roof.

#7 dobsoscope

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 06:47 AM

Thanks every one for the feedback, I do not have the roof closure issue etc. This would be the final 'park' position actually.

#8 dobsoscope

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:57 AM

I did it but whilst looking at the setup I realised that actually all the stress is borne by the dovetail attaching the telescope to the mount.

Hopefully it will make it... the C14 *is* heavy!

http://www.celestron...8eab33525d08...

TBH I have been looking into getting rings to replace it.. but hey, $$$...

#9 Dan McConaughy

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Posted 18 August 2013 - 08:28 PM

I park my scope that way, too - otherwise I can't reach it to cover it. Hopefully, keeping it horizontal means less dust on the mirrors, too. I doubt that the stress from a 100 pound scope matters to the Losmandy dovetail.

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Posted 19 August 2013 - 03:02 AM

I can see any problem with parking like that and I have never heard of a dovetail or saddle failure. I think that it is relatively common to park a scope like that when using a roll-off observatory. Probably the only way not to park it is with the corrector facing down since you can get some grease run off from the baffle tube occasionally.






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