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    Default Oh... if only it wasn,t so heavy



    I have had my Celestron CPC 800 a few months now and wow... i love it. Can,t do as much viewing as i have to have help lifting my scope out. Recently bought a 2" eye piece. Any one have any tips on what i can use as a counter weight....can,t wait to see what i see with this.

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    ADM makes a counter weight kit for SCT tubes. SCT Counter Weight Kit I'm sure other companies make them as well, but I have had nothing but good luck with ADM products.

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    Congrats on your scope, great instrument, a real thrill for me was seeing M57 for the first time, my next target is M76, the Little Dumbbell planetary nebula and NGC 1499 California nebula, when the cold clear nights roll in.
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    With the CPC800 you honestly should not need any counterweights....at least not with just a 2 inch diagonal and a heavy grenade sized eyepiece..

    BUT if I though I really needed them I would first attempt to use a few magnets ... That said I do use the Starizona counterweights (both top and bottom) on my CPC1100 ..

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    Default Cpc 800

    Thanks for the information .
    When i put my 2" diaganol on with the huge eye piece, the OTA flipped up.
    Without any counterweight, once aligned and set to go, with the locking knobs locked would this cause drag on the drive causing damage to the drive?

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    what eyepiece did you buy ?

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    Hi. I bought the meade super wide angle 34mm 5000 series......must admit i have only had the chance to use it once and mmmmmm thought views would have different.

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    I use a 35 mm Panoptic at the house ...BUT purchased a Meade 5000 SWA (68 degree) eyepiece to use at star parties and especially out reach events..with my 4 inch refractor OR my 8 inch Sct (an 8i)

    I'm not going to kid you .... the Panoptic is better..(but only 20 or maybe even as much as 30 bucks better when used in my C8... AND I AM SERIOUS !!! in the f/6 refractor the difference is more like 40 or 45 dollars ..still not at all bad to use...even if you do not consider the price

    $100 new for the Meade 5000 SWA (on the discontinued fire sale a few years ago) vs almost $300 for the Panoptic when I purchased it maybe 7 or 8 years ago...

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