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#1 Tim2723

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 12:25 AM

This question may have been asked before, and if so, sorry, but I can't find anything.

Would the Orion SkyView Pro mount support a Celestron 8" or 10" SCT? Thanks.

#2 jrcrilly

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 01:05 AM

The Celestron 8" would be no problem. Their 10" is extremely rare; I've never seen one and don't know how heavy they were. Their 9.25" is about the limit. Their 11" would be too heavy.

Meade's optical tubes are heavier than Celestron's but the 8" would still be OK; their 10" would be right at the edge.

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 01:08 AM

Thanks John. Yea, I meant to say the Celestron 8 or the Meade 10. I figured an 11 or greater would be too much. Thanks again.

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 01:26 AM

Fine, Tim.

I have used a 10" Meade on a similar mount and it worked but seemed a little heavy for it. The 8" is a nice match.

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Posted 28 March 2004 - 09:03 PM

I run my Tal 2 on my SVP with sucess (22lbs. with barlow eyepiece and Telrad). The 10" will probably not take it. Why would you want to put a 10" scope on this mount in the first place? :question:

The 8" should be ok for casual viewing and some short planetary webcam astro photography........But will still probably produce less than satisfacory results for a mount of this size. :crazy:

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#6 Peter Argenziano

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Posted 29 March 2004 - 01:24 AM

Tim,

I don't think I'd go beyond an 8" OTA on this mount. OK, maybe the 9¼ for visual use only. I would think you'd want something bigger for a 10" or larger OTA.

I use my MK66 on the SVP and this OTA is probably around 14 pounds with Telrad, diagonal and an eyepiece... slightly more when I get my Denkmeiers. :D

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