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Where does your scope balance out?

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#1 Startex

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 03:59 AM

Mine (Nexstar 8SE)mounts so that there's only about a half inch of dove tail past the back side of the arm. Seems like it's mounted way far forward but the spot the scope balances on is a little over 5 inches from the back of the scope. I mount that spot at the middle of the arm right at the index marks. This would be correct right?



#2 Fomalhaut

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 04:31 AM

On a GEM, scope should be balanced very slightly "east-heavy" to fight possible looseness within worm-gear.

#3 Dynan

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 06:10 AM

If you're talking about an original 8SE Alt/Az mount, you are correct.



#4 deansjc

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 10:25 AM

In case you didn't see this topic previously, you can search for "Back Heavy" vis a vis GoTo Approach in the Nexstar forum.   

 

Since that discussion, I implemented a wedge design.  That means a second review of just "what balances where"....which remains to be done while I get proficient with the new alignment procedure :-)

 

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