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Celestron Polar Finder for CG-5 and CGEM Mount

Item# CELE164
 
4.0

(17 Ratings)

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  • For use with Celestron CG-5 and CGEM EQ Mounts
  • Reticle for both North and South Hemispheres
  • Eyepiece focus adjustment
  • Simple to install
  • Greatly assists in accurate polar alignment
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Description

Speed alignments!


The polar-axis finderscope is a particularly useful accessory. It speeds accurate polar alignment by providing precise, easy means of visually aligning your Celestron CG-5 or CGEM German equatorial mount with Polaris and true north. As a result, you can spend more time observing and less time setting up. The finderscope has an easy-to-use crosshair reticle for precision.

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94224
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Available for shipment to the USA and Canada only.

Dimensions & Specifications

Brand

Celestron

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Celestron Polar Finder for CG-5 and CGEM Mount
 
3.9

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Strong construction (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (10)
    • Astrophotography (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (10), Avid adventurer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good but could be a bit more precise

    In theory this is a useful piece of equipment. After using it, my polar alignment was better and I could do 2 or 3 minute astrophotographs without guiding.

    Enclosed...Read complete review

    In theory this is a useful piece of equipment. After using it, my polar alignment was better and I could do 2 or 3 minute astrophotographs without guiding.

    Enclosed is a pic as seen through the scope (during the day, pointing at clouds) and a pic of the small screws mentioned in other posts.

    It's true that my scope has a computer alignment routine you can go through; my goal getting this product was to do a very good initial alignment before the scope is on the mount, because it's pretty heavy to adjust and move when fully assembled, not to mention worrying about damage.

    The alignment could be even better if the little map you see looking through the scope contained some of the many fainter stars one sees around polaris with the polar scope. If you can see Polaris with the naked eye, the polar scope will certainly pick a bunch of other stars, including delta, which is often used to help orient scopes like this. If the scope had even just one of those stars it would make it much easier to orient the scope to the rotation of the earth. As it is now, you just get the big dipper and Cassiopeia (and Octans, a Southern constellation you should ignore if you're in the North). Since you can't actually see any of the stars in either of these constellation through the polar scope, basing the rotation of the axis on these constellations is based on imprecise guesses / estimations.

    Several people have pointed out that the scope diagram lacks illumination. even some glow in the dark ink for the diagram would work well! I am able to shine a light into the scope to light it up a bit, but it can temporarily blind me.

    The directions are not good. It spends a long time, much more time, talking about aligning the polar scope to the main scope's polar axis, but doesn't spend any time talking about why this is necessary. Given that the polar scope threads directly and tightly into the axis of the scope, one wonders why it's not automatically aligned to the polar axis upon installation? I didn't even bother with that part yet, as I figure the inaccuracy of guessing the rotation counteracts any additional precision I would get with fiddling with allen bolts, not to mention the scope shifting each time you reattach it to the dovetail? I know my finder scope needs tom be re-aligned constantly.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Could be more precise

    In theory this is a useful piece of equipment. After using it, my polar alignment was better and I could do 2 or 3 minute astrophotographs without guiding.

    Enclosed...Read complete review

    In theory this is a useful piece of equipment. After using it, my polar alignment was better and I could do 2 or 3 minute astrophotographs without guiding.

    Enclosed is a pic as seen through the scope (during the day, pointing at clouds) and a pic of the small screws mentioned in other posts.

    It's true that my scope has a computer alignment routine you can go through; my goal getting this scope was to do a very good initial alignment before the scope is on the mount, because it's pretty heavy to adjust and move when fully assembled, not to mention worrying about damage.

    The alignment could be even better if the little map you see looking through the scope contained some of the many fainter stars one sees around polaris with the polar scope. If you can see Polaris with the naked eye, the polar scope will certainly pick a bunch of other stars, including delta, which is often used to help orient scopes like this. If the scope had even just one of those stars it would make it much easier to orient the scope to the rotation of the earth. As it is now, you just get the big dipper and Cassiopeia (and Octans, a Southern constellation you should ignore if you're in the North). Since you can't actually see any of the stars in either of these constellation through the scope, basing the rotation of the axis on these constellations is based on imprecise guesses / estimations.

    Several people have pointed out that the scope diagram lacks illumination. even some glow in the dark ink for the diagram would work well! I am able to shine a light into the scope to light it up a bit, but it can temporarily blind me to polaris if I don't do it just right.

    The directions are not good. It spends a long time, much more time, talking about aligning the polar scope to the main scope's polar axis, but doesn't spend any time talking about why this is necessary. Given that the polar scope threads directly and tightly into the axis of the scope, one wonders why it's not automatically aligned to the polar axis upon installation? I didn't even bother with that part yet, as I figure the inaccuracy of guessing the rotation counteracts any additional precision I would get with fiddling with allen bolts. Also, if the main scope is used to align the polar scope, doesn't that rely on the dovetail connection between the mount and scope to be exactly the same each time? It seems to me that the scope could shift very slightly depending on how you tighten the dovetail?

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    5.0

    worth every penny

    By Mark

    from TORRINGTON,CT

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about Celestron Polar Finder for CG-5 and CGEM Mount:

      I have a CGEM DX mount. fits perfectly. Manual states you don't need it but with it you get so close to exact polar align that it only takes me a couple minutes to run polar align routine and i am up and taking pictures- saving at least 1/2 hour. Have even taking pics without doing align routine on mount and has still tracked very well.

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      • No
       
      4.0

      Cool accessory

      By Cara

      from LAMAR,AR

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography

          Comments about Celestron Polar Finder for CG-5 and CGEM Mount:

          This is a nice accessory to have but the directions leave plenty to be desired. I'll figure it out I guess.

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          • No

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly as described

          By Robert

          from DENVER,CO

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy

            Comments about Celestron Polar Finder for CG-5 and CGEM Mount:

            Fits my CGEM DX to a T. Still got to try it out due to snow and clouds!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Polar Alignment made easy

            By Antonio

            from ALBUQUERQUE,NM

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy
              • Astrophotography

              Comments about Celestron Polar Finder for CG-5 and CGEM Mount:

              Nice polar scope for the CG-5 mount. Makes polar alignment easy.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              This works perfect for this mount!

              By Benjamin

              from OMAHA,NE

              About Me Professional Guide

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astrophotography

                Comments about Celestron Polar Finder for CG-5 and CGEM Mount:

                This is what you need if you want to do long exposure with the CG-5 mount.

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                Customer Q & A

                Q1: Hello, Would you please have the exact dimensons for this polar scope? Thank you Sebastian

                A: 3.5" L x .81" W

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