I finally found a quick release finder base which fits my classic C8 (no drilling required) and am now looking for a low profile finder bracket which looks similar to the original celestron 6x30mm finder bracket.
Something like this celestron low profile bracket would be PERFECT but I can't seem to find one anywhere.
Anyone know where I can find this little gem?
I came up with another solution.
This should work until I find something nicer, or maybe just forever.
I am very glad that you came up with the perfect solution for a low-profile quick release 30 mm finder bracket for your orange C8, I don’t think you will find a better match on the market for your nice, classic telescope! Smart thinking using the original finder bracket without doing any permanent modification, just in case you want the scope back as it was!
But to satisfy your curiosity, the finder bracket shown in your first post corresponds to a Celestron low-profile bracket (probably made for a C8) that I purchased in 2007 from Astronomics and then modified to use it on my TV-85 refractor. At the time there was no low-profile bracket available for 30mm finders, so I purchased the Celestron bracket, a Tele Vue QRD-1006 Dovetail for Quick Release Bracket and joined them using sharp tipped screws made for aluminum. In order to do that, I just drilled a couple of small holes at the foot of the bracket for the screws, removed the leftover “wings” from the foot with a fine-toothed hacksaw, sanded the sharp edges and applied black paint.
The Celestron low-profile bracket for 30mm finder scopes like the one that I used is still included with some of their optical tubes, like the 8-inch SCT OTA linked below –I got one with my Celestron 6-inch SCT made for the Advanced CG-5 mount, pictured here next to my modified Celestron bracket, both carrying 30mm finder scopes.
In the second picture here you can have a closer look at the bottom of my modified bracket (with Orion 6x30mm RACI finder scope) and see how the Tele Vue QRD-1006 dovetail is attached with screws to the bracket –the protruding small bolt is a safety stop to prevent the finder from slipping out of its base. Here is a link to the Tele Vue product: