Jump to content


Photo

Astro-5 German Equatorial Mount

  • Please log in to reply
9 replies to this topic

#1 m00nless

m00nless

    Messenger

  • -----
  • Posts: 468
  • Joined: 06 Aug 2008

Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:07 AM

Does anyone know the source of the Astro-5 German Equatorial Mount? Is this the same as the Celestron CG-5? Both mounts come with a 2" stainless steel tripod, but the Astro-5 also includes an illuminated polar alignment scope.

#2 Cyclop_si

Cyclop_si

    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 673
  • Joined: 13 Mar 2008
  • Loc: Slovenia

Posted 08 September 2008 - 05:36 PM

I think this mount is similar to LXD75 (without GoTO) or Astro Professional EQ5....

#3 m00nless

m00nless

    Messenger

  • -----
  • Posts: 468
  • Joined: 06 Aug 2008

Posted 15 September 2008 - 09:45 AM

Can anyone confirm that the Astro-5 is the same as the following mount?

http://www.hioptic.c...-mounts/EQ5.htm

#4 m00nless

m00nless

    Messenger

  • -----
  • Posts: 468
  • Joined: 06 Aug 2008

Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:15 PM

Is the EQ5 Astro Professional mount identical with the Meade LXD75?

EQ5 Astro Professional with stainless steel tripod

How do the two compare?

#5 rmollise

rmollise

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 15470
  • Joined: 06 Jul 2007

Posted 24 February 2009 - 11:20 AM

Is the EQ5 Astro Professional mount identical with the Meade LXD75?

EQ5 Astro Professional with stainless steel tripod

How do the two compare?


No. The EQ5 is made by Synta. Another firm does the LXD75. As far as your "astro" mount... a picture would help.

;)

#6 m00nless

m00nless

    Messenger

  • -----
  • Posts: 468
  • Joined: 06 Aug 2008

Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:17 AM

You can see photos of the mount if you click on the link in my previous post.

#7 rmollise

rmollise

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 15470
  • Joined: 06 Jul 2007

Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:22 AM

You can see photos of the mount if you click on the link in my previous post.


As has been said, this mount looks identical to the LXD75.

#8 m00nless

m00nless

    Messenger

  • -----
  • Posts: 468
  • Joined: 06 Aug 2008

Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:43 AM

What about the following mount?

Astro-5 Mount

#9 Canadian

Canadian

    Vendor

  • -----
  • Vendors
  • Posts: 660
  • Joined: 11 Jan 2005
  • Loc: Calgary, AB, Canada

Posted 25 February 2009 - 12:13 PM

The Astro 5 German Equatorial mount looks the same as the Sky-Watcher EQ5(EQ4) (tracking, no goto), made by Synta, except the Astro 5 has the stainless steel legs on the tripod.
This would make it completely different than the Celestron CG-5 (goto), other than the fact they are both Vixen GP clones.

The EQ5(EQ4) comes as a tracking mount with aluminum legs, but can be upgraded to goto (SynScan) just by purchasing the different hand controller. The EQ5 SynScan is a goto mount with stainless steel legs. These mounts comes in black, while the EQ5 PRO (goto) comes in white. The EQ 5 Astro Professional is the same as our EQ5 PRO.

To try and confuse things, on the page showing your EQ 5 Astro Professional is an HEQ6 Skyscan Astro Professional. To us that is an EQ6 Pro, the top of the line. Below that is an HEQ5 PRO,EQ5 PRO and EQ3 PRO.

EQ1, EQ2 - All manual.
EQ3, EQ5 - All manual. Can have motors added to make them trackers, or newer models SynScan added to make them goto
HEQ5, HEQ6 - Tracking only, now call HEQ5 SynTrek and EQ6 SynTrek. Newer models can be upgraded to goto by adding SynScan.
EQ3 PRO, EQ5 PRO, HEQ5 PRO, EQ6 PRO - Goto. Can also be called EQ_ PRO SynScan.

It used to be thought that the only difference between the PRO mounts and the non PRO mounts was the colour. There is supposed to some difference in the inner workings but I don't recall what they are.

You can get more info at the Sky-Watcher Canada website.

#10 rmollise

rmollise

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 15470
  • Joined: 06 Jul 2007

Posted 25 February 2009 - 01:08 PM

The Astro 5 German Equatorial mount looks the same as the Sky-Watcher EQ5(EQ4) (tracking, no goto), made by Synta, except the Astro 5 has the stainless steel legs on the tripod.


I guess. Looks more like the non-Synta LXD75 to me. The tripods on the Synta mounts I've used (CG5/EQ6) are steel.






Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics