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#1 DCS357

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 10:38 AM

I am thinking of buying a CG-5 mount. I found one that is said to be a CG-5GT and another that is CG-5ASGT. What if any is the difference between the two?

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 10:49 AM

They are the same mount. The AS just means that the CG-5GT is part of the Advanced Series.

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Posted 08 March 2009 - 10:49 AM

No difference what so ever.

CG-5 is the non motorized version, CG5-GT and CG5-ASGT is the same mount with go-to installed.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 08:35 AM

I recommend the ASGT version right off. Very accurate GOTO and tracking. Plus it has high speed slew. You won't get that on the non-GOTO mount, even if you later add the motor option. It's not the same motor system.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 09:29 AM

Whichever one you get, if you ever intend to install a Polar Axis Scope (PAS), you should make inquires of your dealer, before purchase, if the CG5 mount they are selling you will accept the new PAS. The older CG5, of which there still seem to be a number in stock at various dealers at reduced prices, has a smaller bore hole for the PAS and the new PAS will not fit. The older version of the PAS (that has 3 very visible set screws and a narrower tube) is no longer available, except maybe on the used market.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 01:30 PM

Whichever one you get, if you ever intend to install a Polar Axis Scope (PAS), you should make inquires of your dealer, before purchase, if the CG5 mount they are selling you will accept the new PAS. The older CG5, of which there still seem to be a number in stock at various dealers at reduced prices, has a smaller bore hole for the PAS and the new PAS will not fit.


Let me take that a step further and say "don't get the polar alignment scope." The new All Star polar alignment routine is both more accurate and easier to use.

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#7 DCS357

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:34 PM

Thanks for the responces. I wasn't clear on my question.

Are the Electronics the same on the two mounts. The CG-5GT comes with a GPS unit so I would assume :-) that the CG-5GT can also do the new "All Polar alignment routine.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 05:22 PM

As said above ... they are the same mount only one is sold under the Advanced Systems umbrella.

Neither comes with a GPS unit from Celestron, although a dealer could certainly though one in. No sw features on the mount require GPS so the All Polar Alignment Routine works fine either way.

All GPS will do for you is save you a minute or so setup time. An accurate GPS fix from Google Earth and a time fix from your cell phone or PC (NIST or Time.gov for example) will be just as accurate ... and a whole lot cheaper.

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Posted 13 March 2009 - 09:28 PM

Thanks for the help. I got a CG-5ASGT and it is GREAT.






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