Question about Celestron CGE German Equatorial Computerized Mount with Tripod - 91524 w/FREE UPS Telescope

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CGE mount sizes. (not inc. tripod)

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I'm about to order a CGE mount. This will go onto my custom pier which currently suports a 14 inch wedge mounted LX200. I need to have a look at a technical drawing, with dimensions, of the mount to work out the size of the pier extension I will have to make, and also need to see how the base of the mount will connect to the pier.

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Nice mount! --- I would suggest calling OPT as they sell these and should be able to help you--

Here is their web site--
http://www.optcorp.com/

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Hello I need to know if my AR-6 refractor for my LXD55 mount is a direct replacement for mounting on an LDX75 mount and tripod? Also would a CG-5 GEM hold an AR-6?


No-- you need a CG6 to accurately hold that 6 inch refractor.

Recommend that you look at the Celestron 6 inch SCT-- or the Astro-Tech RC6, which can be mounted on that CG5.




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Aug 17, 2011 | Meade LXD75AR-6 Telescope

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How to make a DEPARTMENT STORE telescope better.


Even though we warned you NOT to buy a "department store" toy telescope, you went and bought one anyway!

Here are a few things you can do to upgrade the telescope. Unfortunately some of the upgrades may cost almost as much as you paid for the scope! That's why you should not buy one in the first place! Anyway here are some ways to improve your "toy" telescope:

Stabilize that SHAKY Tripod!

Tie a heavy weight underneath the tripod, hanging from the central bolt. A bucket of sand will help stabilize the shaky tripod. You can also open up the legs and fill them with concrete, or sand -- anything that will tamp-out vibrations which will help your view tiny objects through the eyepiece.

Tighten up all the bolts on the tripod and mount. DO NOT extend the legs on the tripod to their fullest extent. Try to use the scope with the legs 1/2 way extended if at all possible. A shorter tripod will be more stable.


Buy a better finder scope!

The one that came with your scope is probably almost unusable. Buy a 50mm Right Angle finder scope, or mount a red dot finder. See the two links below:
http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-finder-scopes/orion-ez-finder-deluxe-telescope-reflex-sight

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-finder-scopes/9x50-orion-right-angle-correct-image-finder-scopes


Replace those cheap eyepieces with better quality.

Even the low cost Plossl design eyepieces will be better than what came with the scope. Here are two retailers that sell eyepieces. Measure the hole so you know what size to buy. They come in .965, 1.25 and 2 inch sizes. The 1.25 inch is the most popular. However some "department store" toy telescopes have .965 inch eyepieces. These .965 eyepieces are largely obsolete, hard to find, and hard to see through.

http://www.telescope.com/control/telescope-eyepieces

http://www.agenaastro.com/


Get a better diagonal.

If your scope is a refractor it probably came with a very cheap low cost diagonal. A better one will improve light throughput, and probably yield sharper images. Here are some diagonals for sale:

http://www.agenaastro.com/Telescope-Diagonal-1-25-inch-s/100.htm

http://www.telescope.com/control/telescope-diagonals


Clean those dirty eyepieces!

Keep your hands away from the glass! In case you did not, then you will need these Never take the glass elements OUT of the eyepiece! Only the outside surfaces need to be cleaned.

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-tune-up/orion-lenspen-mini-pro-cleaning-tool

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-tune-up/orion-deluxe-6-piece-optics-cleaning-kit

It goes without saying that you should check all the bolts and nuts on the telescope and the tripod and make sure they are tight.

Use LOWER magnification-

Put the eyepiece with the largest number written on it into the telescope. DO NOT use the 2x barlow if you have one.
Your small aperture telescope was NOT meant to have 525 power magnification! With a 70mm telescope your maximum usable magnification will be about 140 power.

Buy a better METAL focuser and replace the plastic focuser that came on your telescope.
http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/telescope-focusers/1*25-inch-orion-basic-rack-and-pinion-focuser

The problem with several of these "fixes" is that they will cost a significant portion of what you spent on your shaky low cost department store telescope. You would have been better off buying a better scope and junking the toy scope on Craigslist.com. Stop buying these toy $89 telescopes, join an astronomy club and get good advice on what to buy!

Remember, all things being equal -- the bigger the hole in the telescope - we call that aperture-- the more you can see. Most objects in the sky are VERY tiny and dim, except for the moon, several of the brighter planets, and a handful of other deep sky objects. Your scope must be pointed directly at the object in order to see it. Telescopes have very small fields of view.


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on Jan 05, 2010 | Telescopes

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Where can I get parts for 40114675? I've had to return it twice each time it is missing the bracket that holds the tube to the tripod. Would rather order one than keep taking apart etc..


First thing you should do is STOP BUYING Tasco telescopes! This is considered a "department store" telescope and is not very well made. It is also on a shaky EQ mount that you must polar align in order to use.

Return it and buy a 6 inch DOB-- like this one.

http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=classicdobs/~pcategory=dobsonians/~product_id=08942

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Hi, I have a meade lxd55 tripod (with 8" discovery newtonian mounted on it). 2 of the 3 leg braces at the bottom that also hold the eye piece tray have broken. I need to replace 2 or all 3. Can I get...


Sometimes you can find these for sale at these web sites--

Sometimes--

http://shop.telescope-warehouse.com/

and here:
http://astronomy-mall.com/astro.parts.outlet/

You might try calling Meade directly:
http://www.meade.com/support/index.html

Mar 14, 2011 | Meade Telescopes

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I need the complete 50-inch Hardwood Tripod for my SKN-891002 Edu-Science 240 Power 60 MM Terrestrial-Astronomical Refractor Telescope Where can I find it and how much is the cost?


You can buy a PHOTO tripod from any camera shop or on-line.

Here are two places:

http://www.stellarvue.com/Accessories/Mounts/Tripods/tripods.html

http://www.telescope.com/control/mounts-and-tripods

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I am looking for a telescope and I saw the JASON MERCURY 420 telescope on craigs list. I have never owned a telescope, I am a ameture photographer and I watch every science show on tv. I am not a 8 year...


Do NOT buy that telescope.

Second, to take long exposure (several minute) astro-photos you must use a GEM mount like one of these:

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/mounts-and-tripods/orion-sirius-eq-g-goto-telescope-mount

http://www.telescope.com/control/accessories/mounts-and-tripods/orion-atlas-eq-g-computerized-goto-telescope-mount

Then you need to decide on the scope to use. Something like this would work:

http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~product_id=07338

or this:

http://www.astronomics.com/main/product.asp/catalog_name/astronomics/category_name/U5QNWB3RKWWL8N3EL99F9DX9A0/product_id/AT6RC

Additionally you will need some accessories to mount the camera onto the back of the telescope, and you will need to learn how to polar align the mount so it will accurately track the sky.

Read these articles:
http://www.astropix.com/HTML/I_ASTROP/TOC_AP.HTM

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I would like some information on balancing a


Is this mounted Alt-AZ or is it on a wedge.

If Alt Az probably all you need is a rail and weights. If mounted on a wedge you may need a 3D weight arrangement.

See these web sites-

http://sctscopes.net/SCT_Tips/Balancing_an_SCT/balancing_an_sct.html

http://jan.eaglecreekobservatory.org/balance.html

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Need dimensions for CG-5 cinch-down bolt


Don, if you mean the handscrew that retains the mount in the hub, I believe that it's a common 10mm. Should be able to get one a big box hardware. I have seen CG-5s with the hole bored out and retreaded to 1/2NC to mount on a Meade HD Field Tripod. HTH, Geo.

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Mounting bracket


added a spacer made from a truck inner tube. the screw from the tripod still has 2 full threads threading into the bracket on the telescope.

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Meade LX200 10" - RA Gears slip when mounted on wedge (Milburn)


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