The CPC Heavy Duty Wedge- HD Pro by Celestron is designed to support their fork-mounted Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes (up to 11-inches). For optimal performance in astronomical observing that involves setting circles or motorized tracking, Celestron's telescopes with a fork mount and motor drive must be mounted on an Equatorial Wedge.
The wedge allows you to tilt the telescope so that its polar axis (R.A. axis) is parallel to the Earth's axis. It provides a heavy-duty, stable platform that is perfect for astro-imaging and guarantees minimal vibration.
The angle of tilt will depend on your latitude when the telescope is level. The angle between the horizon level and the polar axis will equal your latitude when the telescope's axis is parallel with that of the Earth's. A low latitude range of 0 to 90 degrees makes this wedge functional for use at the equator. Once properly mounted and adjusted on the wedge, the telescope is said to be equatorially mounted and its setting circles and included slow-motion controls can be used to locate deep-sky objects.
CPC Heavy Duty Wedge Built-in Features
Altitude-Azimuth adjustment controls with over-sized knobs attached for easy polar alignment.
Hand Control holder that provides the option of placing it on the wedge or the fork arm, (holds the control in place - even when the fork is angled towards the ground).
A Tilt Plate for easier mounting of the telescope by simply rotating the scope onto the wedge.
Heavy Duty Side Plates provide even more dampening of vibrations during imaging.
Large 14 mm Diameter Latitude Adjustment screw to add strength and stability while supplying less vibration and easier rotation with a heavy telescope.
- A Bubble Level.
Celestron Product Number: 93664