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orion61

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Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new
      #5839083 - 05/03/13 09:21 PM

I have had my 127 SLT NexStar for about a year and a half, I found myself not using it. It wasn't because of the optics, they are 1st rate.
The darn tripod was so shaky it took about 7 seconds to settle down making fine focus nearly impossible.
I had a friend give me his old tripod from a Meade 90mm Refractor EQ mount. I used the head from the SLT tripod and took the plastic parts off the original legs, then took the leg caps off the new tripod.
I epoxied the old legs inside the new ones after I drove them in leaving about 14" sticking out, I also left the inner legs there so there is plenty height adjustment..
The results are a system that I use nearly every night.
The image settles down after only a couple seconds, and it will
reach a height that is comfortable for a guy 6' tall.
I think the tube will be a Classic.
They are built like a tank. Mine gives refractor like images.
I really dont think I have ever been as happy with a scope before!
If anybody has any questions about the computer be assured
it is as accurate as one would want.
even the Solar System align, Start by pointing level and North, choose whatever Planet is up and BINGO tracks great. I have even used it to find DSO's with the GO-TO while on the Solar System align!!
I even put my old Celestron/Vixen F11.4 80mm Refractor on the SLT mount!
In my opinion it is an A+ A best buy at about $400.00


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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: orion61]
      #5839745 - 05/04/13 09:07 AM

Hi orion61:

Glad to hear you were able to put together a system that works for you! And you're in good company. There have been others here who have pointed out that the weak point of the SLT scopes is the jiggly tripod. Upgrading that can indeed make a nice system. Congrats!

-Dan


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orion61

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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5840003 - 05/04/13 12:04 PM

Thanks Dan, It has become my most used scope, I have a C8, C14, Dynamax 6" (don't laugh it has very good optics)
An LXD-75 mount with a 5" Refractor and SN-8 tube, multiple pea shooters ETX90 etc.
The 127 is just so darn handy. and with the beefier mount rock solid but moves in and out with ease.
I just cant figure out why they have gone to the feeble tripods?
The 8Se is another, the 6se is ok.


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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! [Re: orion61]
      #5841317 - 05/05/13 09:14 AM

We've had our SLT for 5 months now. It's been great, but our experience has been exactly the same. This is our first scope and we are still learning our way around the sky. We have done a few suggested things to mitigate the vibration, pads, lower the tripod, tighten everything. Now the majority of vibration we experience is the after focus vibration. THAT is maddening. The tube and the optics are better than we both expected, as you said. But now, we are both beginning to feel the effects of aperture fever recently, so the SLT might take a backseat as we look to larger scopes and different designs. But I think we will keep the SLT just for the convenience.

BTW...I am Irish, English AND German...lol

Chaz & Beth


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Michael Miles
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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Chaz659]
      #6010799 - 08/07/13 02:48 AM

I'm looking at the Nexstar 127 for a friend, and your posts made me realize that I've got my Nexstar mounted on a Meade 884 tripod (like the ETX125 used), and it's super stable. scopehead had them on sale on his ebay site (love that guy). Michael

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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Michael Miles]
      #6013494 - 08/08/13 11:51 AM

Well then, I hadn't explored, or even considered that as an option. What other mounts would the 127 SLT fit on and how would I go about doing that?

Sorry, total newbie here and not incredibly mechanically gifted. Thanks in advance.


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Michael Miles
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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Chaz659]
      #6014661 - 08/08/13 09:53 PM

Islip! A friend of mine just moved back to Islip...

Small planet.

I'll try to post a picture of the mount soon. It's a thousand percent more stable than the toy tripod from before.

Michael


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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Michael Miles]
      #6014747 - 08/08/13 10:34 PM

Any idea what a used Meade 884 goes for????

You know someone from Islip? That's crazy...lol


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Michael Miles
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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Chaz659]
      #6015064 - 08/09/13 02:54 AM Attachment (44 downloads)

Hi Chaz:

Here's a picture of my Nexstar mounted on the Meade 884 tripod. Sorry it's such a bad photo, but my smart phone is limited (but easy to email the photos from). The scope is a Stelarvue 102mm, so this is at the limits of what the drive can handle, but careful balancing makes it work ok. This is my grab-n-goto computer drive, and it works great for planetary visual viewing.

So, I think the screw hole in the bottom of the nexstar drive is a 1/4"x20, so I just got a screw long enough to fit through the hole in the center of the 884 meade mount. Then I added some bushing material (I think they have these nylon sleeves at home depot) so the screw wouldn't wiggle in the hole. That's all it took.

Whoops! I found this link for the tripod on ebay:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/meade-884-delux-field-tripod-for-etx-90-etx-125-/2212...

and I noticed that there isn't a hole in the center. I drilled a 3/8" hole to mount my Orion alt-az motor drive, but you could just drill a 1/4" hole for the Nexstar drive. I think if you look around, you could get a better price. For this price, you could use a surveyor's tripod that lots of scope guys use. For example:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nedo-Surveyors-Grade-Tripod-/200948633641?pt=LH_Defau...

Michael


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Michael Miles
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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Chaz659]
      #6015075 - 08/09/13 03:11 AM

They cost $200 when they were new, and I got mine for $65 from telescope warehouse. Such a good deal I bought 2 and gave one to a friend of mine...

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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Michael Miles]
      #6015334 - 08/09/13 08:57 AM

Thanks! I never even thought of doing something like that. I will keep my eyes open for any good deals.

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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Chaz659]
      #6015422 - 08/09/13 09:49 AM

Just ping Bill directly. He's very accessible. There's always a chance he has stuff that's not listed.

http://www.telescope-warehouse.com/

-austingonzo


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Michael Miles
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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Chaz659]
      #6016910 - 08/10/13 12:27 AM

Ha! I couldn't find the Meade tripod, but here's the Celestron equivalent (and cheaper at $155):

http://www.celestron.com/astronomy/celestron-tripod-nexstar-8i.html

You may not even have to drill any holes with this one.

Michael


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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: orion61]
      #6024322 - 08/14/13 12:51 AM




Interesting tripod tip!!


However what if you were to hang a 10 pound weight from the center of the tripod.

The extra 10 pound weight would have dampened the vibrations.


Thoughts??


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Michael Miles
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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Chaz659]
      #6131516 - 10/11/13 04:23 PM

He's got an equivalent tripod for $80:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Meade-LS6-Lightswitch-Adjustable-metal-Telescope-Trip...

Michael


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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: Michael Miles]
      #6138847 - 10/15/13 11:39 AM

These are great finds. Thanks!

I too feel the legs are the weak part of my slt mount. I've seriously thought about replacing them with these wooded replacement legs from hands on optics:


http://handsonoptics.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_74&...

Has anyone tried these legs?


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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: derelicte]
      #6138882 - 10/15/13 11:57 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

I took my NexStar GT mount and placed it on a homemade wedge on a CST/Berger Surveyor tripod. It works great with my C102GT refractor ... very stable even when the legs are fully extended. The Berger tripod is available on Amazon for around $55.00 dollars.

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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: *skyguy*]
      #6139020 - 10/15/13 01:01 PM

That is the same scope I have. Do you know the model # of that tripod? Amazon has a few different ones that look like that.

Thanks!


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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: derelicte]
      #6139183 - 10/15/13 02:25 PM

Does anybody have the length measurement of the 127 mak OTA from front cap to rear dust cap ?
The nexstar SLT manual says 12 inches but orion apex manual list it as 14.5 inches.

My concern is about storage space and I would want to avoid keeping the OTA fully vertical as the dust inside might settle on the front lens.
Thank you.


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Re: Celestron 127 SLT Great BUT! new [Re: hardwarezone]
      #6141018 - 10/16/13 02:16 PM

Quote:

Does anybody have the length measurement of the 127 mak OTA from front cap to rear dust cap ?
The nexstar SLT manual says 12 inches but orion apex manual list it as 14.5 inches.

My concern is about storage space and I would want to avoid keeping the OTA fully vertical as the dust inside might settle on the front lens.
Thank you.



If you store it with the front cap down and Diagonal/eyepiece in it, the tube is sealed, there's no way for dust to get in it.


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