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#1 SanjeevJoshi

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 11:39 AM

Hi all, the backend of my C8 Evo HD is getting heavy.   Starsense + Celestron lighted reticule 9 x 50 finder + motorfocus + 2 inch diagonal + heavier eye piece.   I am waiting for custom foam so i can make something to store this OTA correctly (even if I pull out Starsense and diagonal).    

 

Whats the best way to keep this OTA at home?   I would like it as assembled as possible so i dont have to spend time attaching and then calibrating accessories.   Because the CG is to the back, I cant just plunk it down on foam, it tends to lean / tip.  I am being extra cautious to make sure the accessories dont end up bearing any load - eg. accidentally putting pressure on the motor focus for example.

 

Simplest option is to park it on the AVX mount but I am worried about the continued ongoing stress on the mount itself.

 

Suggestions please!   Thanks for your help in advance.

 

Sanjeev


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 12:42 PM

The way I do mine is this (I have an Evolution mount):  I put another vixen dovetail bar on the OTA opposite the side that attaches to the fork-arm mount and mounted a handle on that.  These are available from High Point. 

 

To take it apart, I loosen the OTA clamp on the mount and slide the OTA out backwards, holding both of the handles.  I carry the OTA inside using the handle I installed.  Then I take the mount off  the tripod and carry it inside.  I don't remove any of the accessories.   I set both of these on the carpet.  I plug the charger into the mount.

 

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 01:21 PM

The way I do mine is this (I have an Evolution mount):  I put another vixen dovetail bar on the OTA opposite the side that attaches to the fork-arm mount and mounted a handle on that.  These are available from High Point. 

 

To take it apart, I loosen the OTA clamp on the mount and slide the OTA out backwards, holding both of the handles.  I carry the OTA inside using the handle I installed.  Then I take the mount off  the tripod and carry it inside.  I don't remove any of the accessories.   I set both of these on the carpet.  I plug the charger into the mount.

 

Steve

 

Thank you.   The issue in my case -- even with 2 handles and an additional dovetail, it will not rest evenly.   I think what i really need is a storage mount of some kind - if there is such a thing.   Something i can attach with the dovetail, and has a base big enough and firm enough to balance it.   Does not have to be fancy.



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Posted 23 September 2020 - 02:05 PM

I like the idea of adding the additional dovetail bar and attaching a handle. It wouldn't add that much more weight than it has now.  What I do is I slide my 9.25" off and using the handle and cradle it in my other arm.  I store it on the Lens Cap and have had no trouble with it sitting there on the carpet. All the attachments are still on it [star sense, focus motor, finder scope].    I also don't remove the mount  from the tripod and carry the tripod and mount as one unit into the house also.

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 03:01 PM

thanks all,

 

This from Celestron's site -- seems to suggest while horizontal or vertical are fine, pointed up with mirror all the way back (clockwise) minimizes a couple of risks:

 

"Your scope can be stored either horizontally or vertically.

Here are some points to keep in mind that may dictate your storage preference:

Orienting the tube vertically upwards puts the least long-term stress on the focusing mechanism from the mirror’s weight.
Racking the mirror all the way to the back of the tube (clockwise or near-focus) puts the least stress on the baffle-spindle that supports the mirror's weight."

 

also read that especially with a motor focus (like i have) safest to not have the motor on top (chances of grease going down).

 

I am a newbie, trying to learn all this,



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Posted 23 September 2020 - 03:47 PM

Any news on your mount repairs?



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Posted 23 September 2020 - 04:05 PM

Any news on your mount repairs?

Taking it in stride because I am having so much fun with the AVX.

 

What happened is this:

 

1.  I contacted dealer and Celestron (to understand warranty)

2.  Dealer offered immediate exchange

3.  Celestron offered a RMA

4.  I opted for an immediate exchange, and shipped mount to dealer

5.  Dealer was not able to exchange, and is waiting on RMA from Celestron for nearly a week.   Finally today i mentioned i was going to connect with Celestron again

6.  Just now, i got in touch with Celestron support, and they are going to send me a shipping label in the name of the dealer, which I can forward to the dealer

 

So the process just starts, roughly two weeks after I got the mount and noticed the issue.

 

In the meantime, I have learnt so much and having so much fun with the AVX.  Going back to an Alt Az will feel strange :)    Will keep that Alt Az as my convenience option for short sessions, and AVX for the longer sessions.



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Posted 23 September 2020 - 04:17 PM

Oh my God....



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Posted 23 September 2020 - 04:30 PM

Honestly, once I got my AVX, i stopped worrying about it.  I am eager to get back into the hobby after so many years, and the AVX represents learning opportunity with equatorial and all the tools / gadgets available 18 years later -- so been really enjoying it.  Just counting my blessing that in these challenging times, i am having fun.    My mount will come - whether it takes a 4 or 7 weeks with 2 step transport back.




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