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Chris Jenkins
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Reged: 02/05/11

Loc: Chicago, IL
Modifying mount for bigger telescope
      #4435604 - 03/08/11 06:13 PM Attachment (51 downloads)

Hi, I am looking to upgrade from an 80mm Refractor to an 8" Reflector. If I were to just get the tube, I would prefer to use my current tripod. I am also assuming that I would need to replace the mounting plate. If it was necassary to replace them, how would I do so? Here is a pic of my mount.

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Ps191
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Re: Modifying mount for bigger telescope new [Re: Chris Jenkins]
      #4436300 - 03/08/11 10:41 PM

Hello Chris,
I do not think your mount will work with a bigger telescope; and if it is the size I think it is, it will defiantly not work with an 8" reflector, although it may hold a small CAT.

IF you were to use your mount you would need tube rings and a dovetail plate to fasten a telescope to it. (Note: links are to illustrate product - you will need to size the component to your application)

Although the focal lengths are not the same, buying this telescope as an OTA will only save you $20 over buying this telescope. I am not recommending any telescope brand or telescope size but simply pointing out if you don't mind a Dobsonian mount you will find the complete scope relatively inexpensive compared to the OTA. If you are trying to save money (always a wise idea) then consider buying used.

Best Regards,


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Eddgie
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Re: Modifying mount for bigger telescope new [Re: Chris Jenkins]
      #4437147 - 03/09/11 10:50 AM

I am going to be a bit more commital.

This WON'T work.

Get a bigger mount.


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Chris Jenkins
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Reged: 02/05/11

Loc: Chicago, IL
Re: Modifying mount for bigger telescope new [Re: Ps191]
      #4438827 - 03/09/11 11:37 PM

Thanks for your imput. I am fine looking for a Dob. I also was considering used to begin with.

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Mary B
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Reged: 05/21/10

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Re: Modifying mount for bigger telescope new [Re: Chris Jenkins]
      #4439026 - 03/10/11 02:32 AM

That looks like a skywatcher eq2. With a 5 inch reflector on it any touch would set up vibrations. Works but it takes patience.

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