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Weight Capacity of Celestron Alt-Azimuth Mounts

Following table lists the weight capacity of each of the Celestron computerized alt-azimuth mounts in production as of early 2018 as reported by Celestron.  Celestron occasionally changes their mind on a mount's capacity or provides additional mount capacities, to include the equatorial mounts, at their website.  Also, it is not uncommon to exceed these limits a bit which is fine as long as you keep things nearly balanced fore to aft and understand stability will suffer somewhat.

The most recent location of this information is:

Mount Capacity in Pounds Capacity in Kilograms
LCM 5 2.3
SLT and original NexStar GT 8 3.6
4SE/5SE 10 4.5
6SE/8SE and original NexStar 5/8/5i/8i 12 5.4
SkyProdigy 7 3.2
Evolution* 25 11.3
Astro Fi 8 3.6

* In my opinion the less substantial tripod shipped with the Evolution 6/8 does not provide ample stability up to this capacity; 18lb/8.2kg is more in line with the other figures here.

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