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Hi All!

 

Can i mount my scientific explorer ED80 direct to the HEQ5? or will i need another mounting plate and or tube rings?

 

Thanks in advance :)

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Yes, easily. Your scope is hardly 3kg and the HEQ5 takes a lot more weight than that. Change the dovetail (plate) only if your scope was noticeably heavy. Even then, the supplied dovetail should do just fine. A lot of us are just fussy and we tend to upgrade over the slightest concern. Wait until you get hit by aperture fever. 

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When you say 'direct' to the mount I'm not sure it's clear what you mean... What has your ED80 already got in the way of tube rings and dovetail? 

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4 minutes ago, adyj1 said:

When you say 'direct' to the mount I'm not sure it's clear what you mean... What has your ED80 already got in the way of tube rings and dovetail? 

Hi

I mean by using the dovetail on the scope and slot it onto the HEQ5. Have attached the image. It does fit, but im just checking :).

 

Cheers.

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Well, if it fits, you're OK ☺ 

Hopefully the balance point for the OTA with all equipment fitted will be somewhere within the range of the fixed dovetail... 

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The Explore Scientific ED80 is fitted with a Vixen/Skywatcher compatible dovetail bar, so it will fit an HEQ5.

 

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