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illuminated polar scope for advanced vx?

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#1 mspk7305

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 04:19 PM

So I have the polar align scope but I find it difficult to match up dark spots against a dark sky... Is it possible to illuminate the reticle on this thing? Or does anyone know of an illuminated reticue polar align scope that would fit?

#2 WarmWeatherGuy

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 07:49 PM

I use a flashlight to shine light in through the back. My head tends to get in the way but I put the light next to my eye and as I'm looking through the eyepiece I move the light around and it will illuminate the constellation cartoons.

This YouTube video
Polar Scope Modification for Celestron CGEM DX Mount
shows how to modify a CGEM and what you learn in the video may help you to make a similar mod to your mount.

#3 GeneralT001

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:03 PM

Hi,

Someone had a post describing how he made his own light...which I kinda copied.

All you need is a 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/2 in PVC "T" a small flashlight, a roll of felt with adhesive backing (avail at any hardware store) and some tape. I got the flashlight from a dollar store and painted the lens with red nail polish (a couple of coats to taste).

The "T" with the felt around it fits perfectly in the hole on my CGEM, which is probably the same dimension as your mount.

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#4 GeneralT001

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Posted 25 June 2014 - 09:07 PM

Another angle.

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#5 T1R2

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:23 PM

its easier if you put the red flashlight at the front of the polar scope and angle it in or slightly out to vary to intensity of the light

#6 loudupe

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 03:59 PM

The clever guy that originally posted this idea awhile back used the illuminator portion from his illuminated crosshair reticle eyepiece instead of a flashlight. The illuminator unscrews from the crosshair reticle EP and (more or less) screws right into the threaded 1/2" part of the PVC Tee and has adjustable intensity. I copied his idea (using the illuminator) and it works great!

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#7 mspk7305

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 10:24 PM

This looks like it will work just perfectly, I will give it a shot!


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