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fuzzystuff4ever
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Reged: 11/26/12

Loc: Micco, FL
Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount?
      #5541646 - 11/27/12 08:14 AM

First, hello to everyone as I have just joined. My question: does anyone sell a smaller (less than 11 lb.) counterweight which will fit the CG5 dec shaft? I have some smaller scopes (SV66, C90, etc.) which cannot balance with the 11 lb. weight. Orion has a 7.5 lb. weight advertised but I don't know if the hole diameter will fit. Thanks.

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RTLR 12
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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: fuzzystuff4ever]
      #5541762 - 11/27/12 10:04 AM

The Orion fit perfectly. I have 2 of them for use with my CG-5s. Also Celestron use to supply the C6N ASGT with a 7½ lb and a 4 lb counter weight. Celestron does not sell them, but I have found them used.

Stan


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tjay
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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5543964 - 11/28/12 02:15 PM

I bought the SkyWatcher 3.42&1.8 kg (7.5 and 4 lbs) set from here and they work fine with my CG5:

http://www.kwtelescope.com/SW_Mounts.htm


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Agatha
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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: fuzzystuff4ever]
      #5544061 - 11/28/12 03:17 PM

I have a couple of Vixen counterweights that are less weight. One is 6.2 pounds and the other is 4.2 pounds. They are very handy for lightweight scopes and I love the white color. Much easier to see. Good luck.

Best, Linda B.


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Agatha
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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: fuzzystuff4ever]
      #5544078 - 11/28/12 03:23 PM

Oops, forgot to mention that they both fit the CG-5 counterweight shaft beautifully.

Linda B.


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fuzzystuff4ever
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Reged: 11/26/12

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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: Agatha]
      #5547206 - 11/30/12 01:12 PM

Thanks everyone for the responses. The Skywatcher ones look like a good idea, but it seems I may have to get them from a Canadian vendor (if possible); none of the American Skywatcher dealers seem to carry them.

Brian


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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: fuzzystuff4ever]
      #5547214 - 11/30/12 01:16 PM

Orion has the 7½ lb counter weight.

http://www.telescope.com/Mounts-Tripods/Mount-Tripod-Accessories/Orion-Counte...

Stan


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fuzzystuff4ever
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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5547233 - 11/30/12 01:30 PM

Stan;

I saw those on their site just a couple of weeks ago, and I may have been hallucinating but I remember the ad stating that they fit the CG5 mount as well, but it doesn't say that anymore. Since it's Orion I can always return it if necessary if it doesn't fit. Thanks.

Brian


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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: fuzzystuff4ever]
      #5547276 - 11/30/12 01:55 PM Attachment (25 downloads)

Here's one on one of my CG-5s...

Stan


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fuzzystuff4ever
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Reged: 11/26/12

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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5547357 - 11/30/12 03:00 PM

Stan;

Looks like a winner. BTW, very pretty setup with the shiny black WO.

Brian


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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: fuzzystuff4ever]
      #5547390 - 11/30/12 03:23 PM

Thanks...It's actually a Celestron Onyx 80 EDF. I added a WO retro 2 speed focuser.

Stan


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Geo.
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Re: Smaller counterweight for CG5 mount? new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5550568 - 12/02/12 03:42 PM

For light counter weights you can use a length of 16mm all thread, a couple of nuts and as meny washers as you need. 1" washers are a nice weight but you'll have to find some 3/4" thin walled tube to fit over the all thread to center them on the all thread.

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