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Sigis
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Celestron Advanced VX
      #5790384 - 04/10/13 01:47 PM Attachment (36 downloads)

Does anyone know what the hole in the middle of the orange ring is used for? It goes all the way from left to right through the mount.

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zawijava
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: Sigis]
      #5790443 - 04/10/13 02:14 PM

possibly some mount design engineer's idea of "cool looking"

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Does anyone know what the hole in the middle of the orange ring is used for? It goes all the way from left to right through the mount.




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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: zawijava]
      #5790470 - 04/10/13 02:31 PM

for making the mount lighter ?

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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: bilgebay]
      #5790493 - 04/10/13 02:45 PM

If you image and have a lot of wires it's a nice place to string your loom.

Stan


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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5790497 - 04/10/13 02:47 PM

Good point!

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Joe Bergeron
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: Sigis]
      #5790765 - 04/10/13 05:17 PM

That's obviously the mount's altitude axis. My guess is it's hollow because anything they would put in there would be useless. Or maybe it's for mounting the "East-West Alignment Scope" they haven't developed yet. For now, spend time peering through the hole to make people wonder what's wrong with you.

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cn register 5
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5791100 - 04/10/13 07:20 PM

Quote:

If you image and have a lot of wires it's a nice place to string your loom.

Stan



I tried this and it didn't seem to help. My best guess is that it adds lightness.

Chris


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SkipW
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: cn register 5]
      #5791586 - 04/10/13 11:44 PM

If you use a compass to locate north (or south) for initial alignment, find a spot on the horizon that's due east or west instead and sight it thru the hole. Done!

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DuiA1
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: SkipW]
      #5791814 - 04/11/13 06:52 AM

Makes for a great cigar holder while observing.

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SteveSMS
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: Sigis]
      #5792296 - 04/11/13 12:44 PM

I put a rolled up piece of paper in it with the objects that I'd like to look at for the night, it hasn't blown away yet. I can never remember more than two SAO #'s.

Clear Skies,

Steve


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Re: Celestron Advanced VX new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5792321 - 04/11/13 12:55 PM

The CGEM has the same type of hole and I generally use it as a pass through for wiring. For me, it adds support so that the "connection" to the mount has less weight pulling on it (if the wire was just hanging straight down). I pull through just a little bit more wire to give it some slack.

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