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CG-5 or CG-5GT?

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#1 m00nless



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Posted 07 March 2009 - 04:18 AM

I am thinking to get the Celestron C80ED refractor and this is available either with the CG-5 or the CG-5GT mount. I was planning to get the CG-5 model, but I am wondering now if it will be a mistake not to get the CG-5GT. I know that if I need GOTO in the future, I could get the iOptron GOTONova equatorial kit. Any advice?

#2 gordianknot


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Posted 07 March 2009 - 04:21 AM

I'd get the goto. It's quite cheap right now on some retailers at $600.

#3 InterStellarGuy


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Posted 07 March 2009 - 05:24 AM

deiniftely go GT. the gotos are right on, and if you update to 4.15 you get celestrons all new All Star Polar Align feature.

#4 Doug76


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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:30 AM

Get the CG-5ASGT. As was said, the GOTO is very accurate. Even if you didn't want GOTO, the motor system is much better than the add on available for the basic CG-5.

#5 bdjeep



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Posted 07 March 2009 - 10:07 AM

Get it with GOTO now. The add-on kits will cost more in the long run, the mount will have better resale value should you upgrade, and tracking is really nice even if you don't want GOTO.

#6 Al Canarelli

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 11:06 AM

Who's selling the CG5? I've not seen this item in any of the catalogs and figured Celestron stopped making them. Nevertheless, get the GT! At $599 (was $549 a few weeks ago) it's one of the best buys in astronomy.

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