Need an inexpensive mount for Meade DS-2000 series
Posted 27 August 2013 - 01:43 PM
I have a Meade DS2000 series refractor scope that my 5yr old daughter uses. The single-arm mount that holds it is completely stripped and is very difficult to move around. She doesn't need the GoTo features or anything. She already knows a few of the planets and some stars by sight and just wants to be able to swing the scope around and look at things. Is there a cheap mount that would work to hold a 2.5 - 3.5 " OTA? The tripod is fine, but if a new mount/tripod isn't too much, I can do that also.
I'm not going to spend too much since this was a free scope and as she gets older I'll be upgrading anyway.
Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:05 PM
Celestron 93610 alt/az 60usd. 67 at adorama.
You will need tube rings and maybe an adapter plate for the mount.
Edit: from Celestron site:
The most common dovetail bar size in the telescope market is the Vixen-style bar, which is 1-3/4” wide. This is the size used with the dovetail clamp on the Advanced GT (CG-5) mount. It is also used with the LCM, SLT, SE and Allview mounts, with the AstroMaster and SkyProdigy series telescopes and the AstroMaster tripod.
Hope this info may help...
Posted 27 August 2013 - 03:23 PM
That looks perfect, but I'm finding tube rings to be very expensive unless I'm just not looking in the right places ...
Posted 27 August 2013 - 04:15 PM
Dovetail bar example: part EQBC 19usd
also check meridian 13in EQ5DTB
Tube rings ex:
Shop around the internet warehouses...
Posted 27 August 2013 - 05:09 PM