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James Cunningham
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Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new
      #4425018 - 03/03/11 10:38 PM

Does anyone make an illuminated polar scope for the CG-5 mount? If not, is there some type of method one person can use to illuminate the polar scope?

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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #4425021 - 03/03/11 10:39 PM

Anyone know of a small adjustable light flashlight?

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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #4425070 - 03/03/11 11:02 PM

Here's one from Donnie D that is easy and cheap. I used a mini Maglite I had lying around for the illuminator.

Stan

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=telescopes&Number=4137245&fpart=&PHPSESSID=


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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #4425309 - 03/04/11 02:33 AM

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/flashlights/orion-redbeam-mini-led-flashlight

This would probably work.


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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #4425527 - 03/04/11 08:08 AM

Wouldn't that be too bright? How could you see Polaris? How did you tone down the light intensity?

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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: James Cunningham]
      #4425699 - 03/04/11 12:19 PM

Jimmy,

It works just fine. I have new batteries in the Maglite and you can see Polaris with no problem. Other than the Maglite, which was a promotional hand out, this project cost me $1.28.

Stan


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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #4425734 - 03/04/11 12:30 PM

If you find the light is a little to bright use a bit of the wifes red nailpolish on the lens.

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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: Trev]
      #4425956 - 03/04/11 02:00 PM

I used a losmandy polar scope in mine. You can swap the stock internal barrel with the losmandy barrel so the polarscope fits fine although you have to remove the polar scope at teardown because it sticks out farther than the rear cap will allow.

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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: Jb32828]
      #4426007 - 03/04/11 02:20 PM

So, the losmandy scope is lighted and it screws into the celestron mount? I never tear down my scope since it is on wheels and in the garage.

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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 new [Re: Jb32828]
      #4426014 - 03/04/11 02:23 PM

I just looked. Those things are about $170.00 - wow.

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Re: Illuminated polar scope for CG-5 [Re: James Cunningham]
      #4428273 - 03/05/11 03:43 PM

Yeah they aint cheap. But they are lighted

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