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Hand Control Mounting Bracket
Celestron
NexStar



BRKTHUNEX
$49

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Hand Control Mounting Bracket for Celestron NexStar

Celestron NexStar 4 / 4GT / 4 SE / 5 / 5i / 5 SE / 6 / 6 SE / 8 / 8 GPS / 8 SE / 8i / 8i SE / 9 GPS / 11

A snap-in bracket that holds the NexStar hand control where you can see it while using the scope.  It mounts on either the left or right side of the scope depending on which side the fork is on (some early NexStar 4GT scopes have the fork arm on the right/opposite side).  The bracket can be swiveled to change the viewing angle.

 
Counterweight
Celestron
NexStar 5/6/8 SE



CWNEX
$69

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Counterweight for Celestron NexStar SE

Celestron NexStar 5 SE / 6 SE / 8 SE

This counterweight system helps counterbalance heavy equipment at the visual back.  The mounting bracket attaches to the side rail with a thumbscrew and slides along the rail for best positioning.  Two stainless-steel weights (approx. 1 lb ea) are included.  You can use a single weight or stack the two weights together (as shown).

This picture shows a single-weight counterweight clip attached to a NexStar SE

 

 
Counterweights
Meade
Lightbridge 10" / 12" / 16"



CWLB
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Counterweights for Meade Lightbridge

Meade Lightbridge 10" / 12" / 16"

This product has moved to the Accessories for Meade Lightbrige Telescopes page (click here).

 
Transporter Kit
Meade
Lightbridge 8" / 10" / 12" / 16"



TKLBDLX
TKLBSTD
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Transporter Kit for Meade Lightbridge

Meade Lightbridge 8" / 10" / 12" / 16"

This product has moved to the Accessories for Meade Lightbrige Telescopes page (click here).

 
Finder Bracket with Quick Release
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BRKTFQR
$59

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Finder Bracket with Quick Release for SCTs

Celestron 5" to 11" SCTs and newer 14" SCTs (Standard Finder Scope); Meade LX90 (LNT Module with SmartFinder)

A three-point quick-release automatic-repositioning design allows for quick removal and reinstallation with automatic realignment.  It will, in most cases, attach with the screws that are already present in the telescope's optical tube.  Additional hardware is provided for mounting the finder on the bracket.

NOTE The latest version of the three-point automatic-repositioning Finder Bracket with Quick Release has two hole patterns.  The picture at left shows the Meade LX90 LNT module attached to the upper piece of the bracket.  The two unused holes on the upper piece are for the Celestron 5" through 8" SCT finder scope.  The lower piece attaches to the scope.  The upper and lower pieces are held together at three points.
The three-point automatic-repositioning Finder Bracket with Quick Release allows the removal of a Celestron 5" through 8" SCT finder scope (shown) without loosing positioning.  Simply reinstall the finder with a single thumbscrew and you are ready to go.  The current version is zinc plated (see inset) rather than black-wrinkle painted.
The three-point automatic-repositioning Finder Bracket with Quick Release allows the removal of a Meade LX90 LNT with SmartFinder (shown), without loosing positioning.  Simply reinstall the finder with a single thumbscrew and you are ready to go.
 
Meade
8 x 50 Finder
Mounting Bracket
Meade LS / LT



BRKTLS8X50
$39

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Orion
Finder Scopes
Mounting Bracket
Meade LS / LT



BRKTLSORION
$39

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Finder Brackets for Meade LS

Meade ETX-LS 6, ETX-LS 8, LS-6, LS-8, LT-6, LT-8

Meade 8 x 50 Finder Scope
This adapter allows the mounting of Meade's 8 x 50 Viewfinder on a Meade LS scope in place of the standard red-dot viewfinder.  The bracket is attached to the telescope using the same holes used for mounting the red-dot viewfinder.  The 8 x 50 Viewfinder dovetail is held by the bracket.  All hex wrenches required for the conversion are includedv

Orion Finder Scopes and EZ Finder II
This adapter allows the mounting of any Orion Finder Scope or EZ Finder II on a Meade LS scope in place of the standard red-dot viewfinder.  The bracket is attached to the telescope using the same holes used for mounting the red-dot viewfinder.  The finder dovetail is held by the bracket.  All hex wrenches required for the conversion are included.

The BRKTLS8X50 bracket easily attaches to the dovetail portion of the Meade 8 x 50 viewfinder with the large thumbscrew included in the bracket.
The BRKTLSORION bracket easily attaches to the dovetail portion any Orion Finder Scope or EZ Finder II with the large thumbscrew included in the bracket.
These brackets allow mounting a standard Meade 8 x 50 viewfinder or Orion finder scope in place of the standard Meade red-dot viewfinder (shown).
 
LNT Stabilizer
Bracket
Meade ETX-125 PE



BRKT125LNT
$39

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LNT Stabilizer Bracket for Meade ETX-125

Meade ETX-125 PE

This metal stabilizer will help prevent the SmartFinder/LNT module from being broken or damaged.  One necessary mounting screw is included. 

LNT Stabalizer Bracket with Supplied Hex Wrench and Screw
 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount with Quick Release
8 to 11" SCTs



BRKTPIGQR
$59

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount with Quick Release for 8" to 11" SCTs

A three-point quick-release design allows for quick removal and reinstallation with automatic realignment.  It will, in most cases, attach with the screws that are already present in the telescope's optical tube.

NOTE Simply reinstall the bracket with a single thumbscrew and you are ready to go.  The image at left shows four different views of the same product.
 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount (without Quick Release)
8 to 11" SCTs



BRKTPIGMNT
$49

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount for 8" to 11" SCTs

Will, in most cases, attach with the screws that are already present in the telescope's optical tube.  If not, some drilling and tapping will be required, in which case you will need to supply the screws.

Piggy-back Camera Mount Mounted on an SCT
 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount
Celestron
NexStar 4



BRKTPIG4
$79

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount for Celestron NexStar 4

Celestron NexStar 4 / 4GT / 4 SE

Wraps around the optical tube assembly.  Does not include a counterweight.

 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount
Celestron
NexStar 5



BRKTPIG5
$79

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount for Celestron NexStar 5

Celestron Early C5 (dual fork arm), C5 / C5+ (single fork arm), C5-S, C5-SGT, CG-5, G-5, NexStar 5 / 5i

Wraps around the optical tube assembly.  Does not include a counterweight.

This Piggy-Back Camera Mount is designed for 5" telescopes.

 

 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount
Celestron
NexStar 5 SE / 6 SE



BRKTPIG6
$69

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount for Celestron NexStar 6 SE

Celestron NexStar 5 SE / 6 SE

This bracket attaches to the side rail with a thumbscrew.

Piggy-Back Camera Mount (end view)
Piggy-Back Camera Mount and Hand Control Mounting Bracket

 

 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount
Celestron
NexStar 8 SE



BRKTPIG8
$69

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount for Celestron NexStar 8 SE

Celestron NexStar 8 SE

This bracket attaches to the side rail with a thumbscrew.

 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount
Meade
ETX-90, ETX-90EC, ETX-90PE


BRKTPIGETX
$99.00

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount for Meade ETX-90

Meade ETX-90, ETX-90EC, ETX-90PE; Questar 3.5" 

Wraps around the optical tube assembly.  Includes a balancing counterweight that attaches to the telescope.

 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount
Meade
ETX-105EC, ETX-105PE



BRKTPIG4+
$99

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount for Meade ETX-105

Meade ETX-105EC, ETX-105PE

Wraps around the optical tube assembly.  Includes a balancing counterweight that attaches to the telescope.

 
Piggy-Back Camera Mount
Meade
ETX-125EC, ETX-125PE



BRKTPIG5+
$99

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Piggy-Back Camera Mount for Meade ETX-125

Meade ETX-125EC, ETX-125PE

Wraps around the optical tube assembly.  Includes a balancing counterweight that attaches to the telescope.


What is a Piggy-Back Camera Mount?

When taking photographs of celestial objects the camera must be able to track the movement of the stars.  To accomplish this, a Piggy-Back Camera Mount allows you to attach the camera, piggy-back style, to a polar-aligned equatorial telescope.


Customer Comments

"...thank you for being concerned about sending me an item I may no have been able to fit properly.  This is the first time for me that anyone has taken the time to be concerned about what I ordered.  You are a Gentleman and a Scholar!"  (B. P.  04/18/2014)

"Very good quality product.  Excellent case, and the finder mount seems better than the ... original.  (T. P.  01/2013)

"Your counterbalance for the Celestron Nexstar 8SE is a very elegant design using a stock mounting point thus no modification required.  This is truly a bolt-on upgrade.  Thanks!"  (E. U.)

"Thanks.  I know [shipping the wrong product] can happen.  I appreciate your quick resolution. It's unusual today.  Thanks again."  (D. J.)

"It's rare (and nice) to have a 'real person' (assuming that you are) read and answer questions.  I'll keep your website in my favorites corner and looking forward to receiving my bracket and doing business with you in the future."  (J. E. S. Jr.)

"The hand control for the NexStar is very useful.  It is nice to be able to view the control from the eyepiece."  (P. A.)

"I recently purchased and received one of your NexStar series hand control bracket and holder assemblies, and I just wanted to tell you what a great piece of equipment that is and what an enhancement it has made to my overall viewing experience.  It is a pleasure to have the hand control mounted in such a way that I can still stand behind the scope and do what I need to do without having to worry about cord wrap, etc.  The simplicity in design is also a real treat and the universal fit makes it that much better.  Great job!!!  And I look forward to purchasing more of your new and innovative products!"  (E. R. Z.)

"You guys had what I needed, made it available via the 'net, got it  to me fast and it works perfectly!  What else can I say....  Thanks!"  (E. P. H.)

"I purchased your product because of the reputation you have for the best and most thorough support."  (G. W.)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q. Can I use one of your Piggy-Back Camera Mounts on a telescope other than the ones you list?
A. Yes.  For the wrap-around type mount (BRKTPIG4, BRKTPIG5, BRKTPIGETX, BRKTPIG4+, BRKTPIG5+) and the outside diameter of your optical tube assembly is approximately the same size as the telescopes listed.  For the type of camera mount that attaches with screws (BRKTPIGMNT), you can bend the base (using a vice or similar device) to match the curvature of the telescope to allow use on any size telescope.  For Sonotube use, you will need some kind of reinforcement on the inside and outside of the tube.
   
Q. Why do some of your Piggy-Back Camera Mounts have counterweights and some don't?
A. We include counterweights based on the particular telescope for which the camera mount is designed.   In order to maintain smooth movement in right ascension a telescope must be in balance.  Depending on the equipment on your telescope you may need to make adjustments.