Posted 24 February 2009 - 10:29 PM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 01:01 AM
Posted 25 February 2009 - 09:14 AM
I'm sorry if I didn't respond to previous posts about my Prototype kits. It is sometimes difficult for me to find the time to read and respond to all the different user groups. I have several prototypes completed and wanted to update you on the progress. Please check out the link below for a write up on my replacement DUAL-SADDLE for the CGEM. This replacement saddle will accept both V-Series dovetails as well as D-Series dovetails.
As luck would have it the EQG "hockey puck" adapter works with the CGEM. If you are looking for a less expensive alternative you can purchase the DUAL-SAD-EQG. One other
option for using V-Series dovetails is the LOS-VIX adapter. I am now shipping all the LOS-VIX adapters with longer knobs. The previous knobs were too short and hit the CGEM saddle.
If you scroll to the bottom you will also see the replacement rosette knobs that I am working on. Unfortunately the Winter Star Party is going to get in the way of my timeline. I am hoping to have both the DUAL-SAD-CGEM and the knob replacement kits ready for
shipping early next month.
I will do my best to keep all of you up to date as I continue to move forward.
Posted 26 February 2009 - 01:56 PM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 02:16 PM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 02:32 PM
You'll be even more disappointed in the Celstron rail. They are made of aluminum extrusions and are quite flimsy compared to the Losmandy rails. In fact, Astro-Physics warns against using Celestron rails with their saddles. Whether or not the Losmandy rail touches the bottom of the CGEM saddle won't effect how secure it is. Much ado about nuttin, IMO.
Personal preference. The rail that comes with the OTA that actually comes with a CGEM in the kit is different from the d style. It is indeed a little deeper and fits better.
Posted 26 February 2009 - 02:33 PM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 02:42 PM
Are you currently using a d-style with the CGEM carrying a C11?
Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:19 PM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:37 PM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 03:45 PM
Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:12 PM
No problem. I just thought you would like to know the Celestron rails are a bit flimsy.
I can't argue with that. The Celestron rail is arguably prettier, and looks lighter - but if I'd been at all serious about imaging with my C11 I'd have swapped the rail out for a Losmandy.
Posted 04 March 2009 - 04:13 PM