Losmandy D-Series Dovetail Plate for Celestron 8-inch SCT
Losmandy Dovetail Plates set the standard in strength and rigidity for mounting telescopes and telescopes accessories, which added greatly to the reduction of flexure of the instruments on telescope mounts. The DC8 Dovetail Plate is designed specifically for 8-inch Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain optical tubes. It attaches with bolts to the existing threaded holes in either the top or bottom of the tube with the supplied doveplate mounting blocks that match the radius of the optical tubes curved front and rear cells. Laser engraved scales on the side of the plate allow for faster balance adjustment when mounting the scope or the accessory is attached.
The plate has a dovetail that slides into the 75mm wide dovetail slot of a Losmandy D-series equatorial mount saddle plate that is standard on Losmandy GM-8, G-11, or Titan mount. It can also work on other D-Series equipped other manufacture mounts, such as the Celestron CI-700 and CGE equatorial mount.
All of Losmandy's products are characterized by precision all-machined surfaces to last a lifetime (or longer). The sharp corners of the dovetail are removed and beveled with a radius curvature, to prevent the dovetail from hanging up in the mounts saddle plate and to make it easier to mount the optical tube to the mount, or to attach accessories designed for the D-Series Dovetail Plate. In addition, the plate is hollowed out for reducing weight without reducing strength
Many astronomers will use two of these plates, one mounted on either side of the optical tube, for mounting Losmandy D-series accessories °ÛÒ piggyback adapters, photoguide rings, or counterweight system. This can be done with either a German equatorial mount or a fork mount scope.
Dimensions of the DC8 plate are 0.7" thick x 4" wide x 14" in length, with 12.7" hole spacing. Height from top of tube assembly to top of the dovetail bar is 1.2". Weight is 3.5 lbs.