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#1 pleavy

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 10:04 AM

I picked up a classic Celestron C8 with a Byers drive, and all I got was the OTA and forks, was wondering if I could mount the scope on a Meade tripod with a Meade wedge? Sorry if it is a lame question, but I already have a Meade tripod and a LX90 and would like to get a basic manual search OTA for my son interested in astronomy. Thanks.


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Posted 26 June 2019 - 11:25 AM

It's possible, but the hole spacings for the various meade/celestron wedges have changed some over the years.



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Posted 26 June 2019 - 11:28 AM

Even if it's not a direct fit, there may be an adapter plate that can join the two.



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Posted 26 June 2019 - 11:34 AM

Please add it to the C8 Registry here: https://www.cloudyni...on-c8-registry/

 

Is it an orange or black tube?


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Posted 26 June 2019 - 11:58 AM

Please add it to the C8 Registry here: https://www.cloudyni...on-c8-registry/

 

Is it an orange or black tube?

Yes, please do. I'm hoping to update the C8 Registry this weekend - an update is long overdue!



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Posted 26 June 2019 - 12:00 PM

It is a black tube, mirror is perfect, glass is clean also, focus is smooth.



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Posted 26 June 2019 - 12:21 PM

I posted it on the C8 registry with a few photographs of the tube. It is marked special coatings, and the person I bought it from may still get the original tripod from his ex-wife, but he doubts it. Here it is again.

 
 

 

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Posted 26 June 2019 - 02:23 PM

No question is lame, that's how we learn.   Nice find by the way, enjoy.


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Posted 26 June 2019 - 03:21 PM

If one knew how much I paid for the OTA & forks, 2 EP, Diagonal and the Polaris finder they would cry. Now all I need is the wedge.



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Posted 26 June 2019 - 03:45 PM

I got a box of Kleenex next to me bawling.gif


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Posted 26 June 2019 - 05:51 PM

I posted it on the C8 registry with a few photographs of the tube. It is marked special coatings, and the person I bought it from may still get the original tripod from his ex-wife, but he doubts it. Here it is again.

Maybe made around 1985.



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Posted 27 June 2019 - 11:47 AM

I picked up a classic Celestron C8 with a Byers drive, and all I got was the OTA and forks, was wondering if I could mount the scope on a Meade tripod with a Meade wedge? Sorry if it is a lame question, but I already have a Meade tripod and a LX90 and would like to get a basic manual search OTA for my son interested in astronomy. Thanks.

Original Celestron tripods are not hard to find cheaply.  Sadly, there has been a "de-forking" movement going on for the past 20 years, so there are lots of them available.  

 

I think the model you show might be one of the more rigid and stable of the forks.

 

There was a discussion about improving the wedge here and my humble attempts here.... 


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