Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

What's the name of that old Celestron C8 tripod?

  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 Sleestax

Sleestax

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 20
  • Joined: 23 Jun 2019

Posted 06 July 2019 - 05:50 PM

Trying to start the search for the original tripod for the old 1970s-era C8 Celestron 8" SCT -- the scope with the smooth orange tube and the actual holes in the fork arms. Anyone know the name and/or catalog number that I can use for a search?  Or are the current Celestron tripods backward-compatible with original wedge?



#2 rolo

rolo

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8963
  • Joined: 14 Jan 2007
  • Loc: GA

Posted 06 July 2019 - 05:58 PM

Locking Triangle if its the chrome one


  • Don W, Augustus, Rustler46 and 1 other like this

#3 Sleestax

Sleestax

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 20
  • Joined: 23 Jun 2019

Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:07 PM

Locking Triangle if its the chrome one

Really?  That doesn't ring a bell but I'll take a look!  Yes, the chrome one.

 

Trying to get my brother back in the game after a 40-year hiatus...!  Thank you!


  • bbqediguana likes this

#4 rolo

rolo

    Cosmos

  • *****
  • Posts: 8963
  • Joined: 14 Jan 2007
  • Loc: GA

Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:44 PM

https://www.cloudyni...riangle-tripod/


  • bbqediguana and Sleestax like this

#5 Sleestax

Sleestax

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 20
  • Joined: 23 Jun 2019

Posted 06 July 2019 - 06:59 PM

Looks like the one -- thank you!



#6 fcathell

fcathell

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1173
  • Joined: 30 Jul 2017
  • Loc: Tucson, AZ

Posted 06 July 2019 - 10:58 PM

One of the sturdiest and lightweight ones made IMO.

 

FC


  • Don W, NMBob and Sleestax like this

#7 Geo.

Geo.

    Vendor - Nexstar Parts

  • *****
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 5068
  • Joined: 01 Oct 2008
  • Loc: Upstate NY

Posted 10 July 2019 - 11:27 AM

These were sold until 1983 when the Super C8 tripod was introduced. They are subject to deterioration of the chrome, but not as bad as Chevy truck bumpers!


  • NMBob and Sleestax like this

#8 luxo II

luxo II

    Apollo

  • -----
  • Posts: 1078
  • Joined: 13 Jan 2017
  • Loc: Sydney, Australia

Posted 10 July 2019 - 02:28 PM

Ah the bagpipe octopus, as I recall...

The “locking triangle” was the three thin bars at the bottom which hooked together to pull the ends of the legs in, tensioning the tripod.
  • Don W likes this

#9 Sleestax

Sleestax

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • topic starter
  • Posts: 20
  • Joined: 23 Jun 2019

Posted 10 July 2019 - 07:08 PM

...when the Super C8 tripod was introduced...

Any idea if that 1980s-era Super C8 tripod is backward-compatible with the old 1970s-era C8 scope and wedge...? I could broaden my search :)



#10 Rustler46

Rustler46

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 959
  • Joined: 10 Feb 2018
  • Loc: Coos Bay, Oregon

Posted 11 July 2019 - 11:58 PM

One of the sturdiest and lightweight ones made IMO.

I second that thought. My example came with a 1973 orange-tube Celesttron-5 on sand-cast dual fork mount. When I sold that telescope I kept the tripod and wedge for my Celestron Super Plus 8.

 

Celestron Tripod ca. 1973-01763.jpg

 

It is definitely sturdy. Here it is holding my 180 lb weight without a complaint.

 

Celestron Tripod ca. 1973-01766.jpg

 

I still have the original rubber cups that cushion the points of the legs. I can't count the times I've bumped one of these loose and retrieved the missing piece from where it landed. Yeah, the chrome surface of the legs became pitted from long exposure to damp air. But a coating of galvanizing spray has kept rust under control.




CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics