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    Default Alternative, manual, portable mount?



    I currently have a C6-SGT. I was wondering if Celestron or any other manufacturer makes a portable/manual mount or any kind of dovetail mount/head that may attach to a camera tripod, etc.

    There are times where I may want to take the scope for some informal viewing or use it as a terrestial scope and don't want to drag along the CG-5.

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    Hmmm, I have/used a Manfrotto tripod with a QR plate on the head. The QR can be attached to a dovetailed (small) bar that has scope rings for fitting my C80mmED. Works/ed ok.

    That said I ended up getting a EQ5 Pro for widefield field work.

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    I have the Manfrotto system for my Nikon. Do you know if they make such rings for the C6/Nexstar 6SE? And where can I get them? Thanks!

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    I usually put the small refractor on the Manfrotto not using the rings, but with the rings on the dovetail and then screwing the plate to the tripod. Only thing is the refractor is quite light, and the C6 may be too big/heavy for the tripod.

    I would look into barndoor tracking with a camera, and/or using your tripod with a camera. If you are willing to spend at least $500 I am sure there are used or even new mounts that can have decent short-exposure astrophotography.
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    Just a clarification. I only want this mount for "manual" viewing, no AP. My tripod should be able to handle the C6 and my D300 with a "big a$$ lens" is pretty heavy.

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    Hi, I have an Advanced Series C6S (XLT) manual CG5 mount, not the goto version. I too wanted a lightweight portable mount for the C6S OTA. I am using a SkyWatcher SynScan AZ goto mount which is essentially the same as the Celestron NexStar SLT mount but with different software. The SkyWatcher handles the C6S with no problem and I suspect that the SLT mount also will perform just as well even though the mounts are rated for only 8 pounds. The downside of the SLT/SkyWatcher AZ mount is their shaky tripod which would make your photography not possible.

    Celestron sells their NexStar SLT, 4/5 SE, and 6/8 SE mounts and tripods. Any of the SE series mounts and tripods ought to do what you want with the 6/8 SE mount being the most robust. The 4/5 SE mount has a built-in wedge which may be great for a camera only mounting and photography.

    Here is a photograph of my C6S on a Skywatcher mount and tripod. As you can tell, the scope is rotated 90 degrees from normal which puts the focus knob at the 12 o'clock position and the finder scope also in a weird position. I removed the finder scope and installed a telrad.


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    Thanks for the pictures. They give me some ideas. I don't need a GoTo portable mount. Just a plain portable mount that will accomodate the C6's dovetail. I want to mainly use it as a terrestial spotting scope.

 

 

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