The Celestron Piggyback Mount - for 5, 6, & 8 SE is a great accessory for all observers interested in deep-sky astrophotography. This mount allows you to attach your camera, with its lens, to the top of the telescope. Its unique design also allows you to fit your NexStar telescope's Star Pointer on top of the Piggyback so that you can accurately navigate your telescope and conduct astrophotography at the same time.
The Piggyback adapter mounts to the rear cell of the 5, 6, and 8 SE NexStar telescopes.
Celestron Piggyback Mount - for 5, 6, & 8 SE Features
- Attach your camera and lens to the telescope
- Allows you to fit the NexStar Star Pointer on it as well
- Accurately navigate your telescope and conduct astrophotography at the same time
- Mounts to rear cell of the 5, 6, and 8 SE NexStar telescopes
- Excellent for deep-sky astrophotography
- This mount is compatible with any Celestron SCT
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It was most satisfactory, and I intend to use it for short exposures, and mounting small accessories. (Posted on Jan 17, 2016)
It is suggested to use specific threaded screw points on the base plate for the C11 and for the C14. Since my CPC is alt-az I was delighted that the fitting was specificallly designed so it could be easily adjusted so that it was totally horizontal. (I put a level on it when I was fitting it.) Not only are there generous slots on the base plate for adjustment, but the unit itself has a short slots on the mounting. The only extra adjustment in this process was the need to do a few tweaks after tensioning the unit, because this resulted in a slight shift of the angle. - no problem.
For a more complete description of the unit, please refer my previous post.
And yes, for those sages who ask why install the mount because I will have a rotating field on a tracking alt-az telescope, I just mention that the fitting will be very handy for short exposures, either wide angle or telephoto, (when such rotation does not become evident) and the mounting of small accessories.
(Posted on Jan 15, 2016)
Pros: light, price, portability
Instructions were excellent and fitting was a breeze.
The unit is larger and more solid than I thought from the illustration. Also it is larger than it would appear from the side-on illustration. It provides a rubberised pad 6 X 7.5cm to mount the camera. On the C9.25 there is just under 3cm clear to operate the tightening screw underneath - quite okay, but I noticed that when unscrewed the head of this screw rests on the rounded head of one of the screws at the back of the scope. No problem and it does not interfere with its operation or require any padding to the mount so as to clear it.
Whether the unit is a heavy plastic or metallic is a bit uncertain but it is lightweight and solid. On scopes up to the C9.25 the mounting uses the screwing points that you would use if you mounted your finder on the other side. C11 and C14 requires the supplied the special base plate to which the unit is in turn mounted.
Clearly the unit is designed for a camera and I dare say it would comfortably take all the DSLR's with up to medium telephotos. It would probably also accommodate reasonably lightweight accessories. (Posted on Dec 15, 2015)
Pros: light, easy to carry, price, portability
My only qualm is that being all-plastic construction, it may not be strong and stiff enough for a DSLR with a long / heavy telephoto, or a moderately sized auxiliary telescope (such as a 90 mm Mak or similar). (Posted on Jun 04, 2015)
good quality genuine celestron product. (Posted on May 14, 2015)
Pros: price, Accurate, user friendly, Good price, Cheap
Simple Piggyback Mount screws included.
Can be adapted to other scopes. Curved so you can use on several scopes.
(Posted on Feb 11, 2012)
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