upgrading mount/tripod for Celestron C8
Posted 19 November 2005 - 05:05 PM
My question: what are my options using my existing scope, how much will it cost, and where can I purchase what I need? Sorry if these are rather broad questions; I'm not sure where else to start.
Posted 19 November 2005 - 05:10 PM
Posted 19 November 2005 - 05:34 PM
Welcome to the club.
You'll need a dovetail mounted on the bottom of your ota and then consider which mount you want. The CG-5 goto would probably work for you. I did some checking awhile back and that was the only way. I bought the dovetail and plate but never mounted it. They cost around forty dollars and up. Check the stores for best price on both, then let Astronmics know the price and they will try and beat it. You may need a plate to adapt the dovetail bar with. The newer dovetail bar holes are closer together than the older ota screw holes. And they may not wide enough to redrill.
Hope this helps.
Posted 19 November 2005 - 05:42 PM
I have my older C8 on a LXD55 mount. This combo gives me the goto features in a compact package of ota, mount and tripod. You will really need a sturdy tripod to go with the mount. LXD55 mounts can be had for a cheap price and there're easy to work on. I've cleaned and re-grease the mount for a really smooth action.
Posted 19 November 2005 - 11:50 PM
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Posted 21 November 2005 - 04:31 PM
A little of topic but I have done something similar to what your doing. but now i'm waiting for the weather to turn sour before i send the OTA in for a cleaning or recoat. To refurbish it - How much, how long did it take? Did you ask about cleaning, or too old. Mine is also a '83.
About 1 year ago, I had the optics completely refurbished by Celestron.
Mount wise I stared with the original Polaris mount (very solid) and moved to a Celstar Mount, forks, wedge, tripod wiht DSC included, 10k objects, bought used from a good guy on AMart. Good price too under 400, I think there was one or two others who responded to my Want ad so I'd post first. Also online scopestuff has some used equipment which may help you.
What ever you do I did see GOTO GEM for about 500 so in some respects it may be worth it to just buy it new if you can afford it. Good luck and clear skies.
Posted 23 November 2005 - 09:53 AM
Hope this helps,