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Defork a C8?

Started by redjmp, 06/23/2010 11:02AM
Posted 06/23/2010 11:02AM Opening Post
I have a C8 with the byers worm gear but no tripod.

I am debating whether or not to spend money to get the tripod and wedge or if I should mount the scope on an eq mount.

I see a few used C8 mounts from deforked units for sale so I can only surmise that people have been deforking these.

But why?

I have seen a cg-5 and I find it hard to believe that its tiny gear sets perform better than the byers drive.

Even on bigger eq mounts, the gears are smaller.
How can they track more accurately with smaller gears?

Or do people defork them because they are too unstable with the stock tripod?
Posted 06/23/2010 04:26PM #1
paul martins said:

I have a C8 with the byers worm gear but no tripod.

I am debating whether or not to spend money to get the tripod and wedge or if I should mount the scope on an eq mount.

I see a few used C8 mounts from deforked units for sale so I can only surmise that people have been deforking these.

But why?

I have seen a cg-5 and I find it hard to believe that its tiny gear sets perform better than the byers drive.

Even on bigger eq mounts, the gears are smaller.
How can they track more accurately with smaller gears?

Or do people defork them because they are too unstable with the stock tripod?

Why? The CG5 has go-to, and the gears onboard perform similarly to what you get with the Celestron Byers (half) worm sets.

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Posted 06/23/2010 08:15PM #2
In addition to Rod's points, many who want to perform astrophotography find the AP gear unable to clear the fork mount. GEQs resolve this issue.

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