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#1 Taylor

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 07:31 PM

I currently have a Nexstar 8SE with the stock tripod that comes with the 8SE.

 

Is the 8SE tripod compatible with the Evolution 9.25 mount? 

 

Reason I ask is I have an opportunity to buy the mount only from an evo 9.25 and keep my 8SE OTA and 8SE tripod. 



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 07:35 PM

Hi Taylor,

 

Yes, the Evolution mount (the mount that comes with all sizes of optical tubes is the same) will physically work on top of the NexStar 8SE tripod.

 

But you probably don't want to do it.

 

That tripod is barely adequate for the weight of the 8SE.  It will be quite unstable with the much heavier Evolution mount.  But it would get you started until you upgrade the tripod.

 

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 07:58 PM

Makes sense.

 

The 9.25 Evo tripod is is certainly heavy duty, but it weighs 28 lbs. Defeats the purpose of having a quick setup 8" Nexstar for me.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:14 PM

Even the 6/8 Evolution tripod is more stable than the 8SE tripod.

 

When considering this specific Evolution mount, if wireless connectivity from your smartphone/tablet is important to you, a main consideration might be whether it has the older, somewhat troublesome WiFi module.  One dead giveaway is the name of the WiFi network you see with your phone.  If the mount is providing a WiFi network named SkyQLink-XX, it is definitely the older WiFi module.  If it is displaying Celestron-XX, it is almost certainly the newer module.

 

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:20 PM

From the ad, the guy selling it said he bought it late 2018. So I would assume that doesn't have the troublesome module? 

 

I can eventually upgrade the tripod to the Evo 8 tripod, but the main point of my 8" Nexstar is to carry it out one handed to the driveway. 



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 08:29 PM

Most likely it is the newer module but you might ask him to power it up and send you the WiFi network name.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:40 PM

The wifi module is: 

 

"Celestron-8C"



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:40 PM

Good - should be the latest version of WiFi module.

 

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 09:43 PM

By the way, the "8C" in this example is the last 2 octets of the "MAC" (layer 2 network) address of the WiFi radio.  If you are unfamiliar with MAC addresses:

https://en.wikipedia...iki/MAC_address

 

Point being it is not a version number.



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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:35 PM

Michael, thanks for all of your help. 

 

I have an old Oberwerk wood tripod laying around, and an old Nexstar 8 tripod plate w/o the legs. 

 

I bet I can adapt the tripod plate to the Oberwerk tripod and use that for a super stable setup at home, and use my 8SE legs if I ever want to take the rig camping. 


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 10:38 PM

MacGyver would be proud ;-)

 

Seriously - sounds like a good solution.



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Posted 23 February 2019 - 03:06 PM

Mission accomplished. 

 

Used 3/4" thick HDPE that I bought off eBay. Used a circular drill 4.5" hole cutter to make a template out of soft pine wood, then screwed that to the HDPE and cut it out with a jig saw. Used a 5" orbital sander to smooth the edges.

 

I purchased an old (probably first gen, it looks like it is just a plate that is screwed onto a CG5 hub) Nexstar tripod hub and top plate, unscrewed the plate from the hub. Centered the plate on the HDPE and screwed it on. 

 

Works perfectly. Very solid. Once the horrible midwest weather gets better, I can get it out there and test it out. I haven't weighed the tripod, but it feels pretty light to me. 

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