Celestron do a range of mounting plates and dovetail bars to fit their SCT/EdgeHD telescopes/optical tube assemblies and mounts in both the narrow CG-5 / Vixen style as well as wide-CGE style formats.
The first in the range is Celestron’s Universal Mounting Plates. There is a CG-5/Vixen style model to fit e.g. Celestron AVX mount which is 250mm/10″ in length, and a CGE version for e.g. CGX or CGX-L, which is 355mm/14″ in length. Both models have been pre-drilled with a number of the most common hole patterns and sizes including 3/8”-16, 5/16”-18, and 1/4”-20 for attaching mounting rings, spotting scopes, cameras, ball-head sockets etc. These mounting plates are made of aluminium and are anodised matt black with the Celestron name and logo at the end of the bar.
Next there are the Celestron dovetail bar mounting rails – all of which are anodised in “Celestron orange”. These dovetails are made to fit specific models of the Celestron SCT/EdgeHD OTAs. The following are available:
- Vixen/CG-5/AVX bar for fitting onto 8″, 9.25″ or 11″ SCT and EdgeHD OTA’s to allow these to be used on mounts with the narrower dovetail clamps (e.g. Celestron AVX mount)
- CGE style dovetail bar for attaching to 8″, 9.25″, 11″ and 14″ SCT and EdgeHD OTAs to accept CGE-style clamps and accessories.
- A specific version is also available for the popular RASA 8″ telescope – see below. There is no CGE accessory bar available for the RASA 11″ as that telescope OTA comes with one already.
These dovetail bars come with all the necessary mounting hardware and are available from ourselves or your local/favourite Celestron astronomy dealer.