The ultimate CGEM topic ...
Posted 08 March 2009 - 01:22 PM
So far I know:
40,000 elements in NexStar database against 13,400 in Synscan EQ-6
Easier setup for GoTo enabled observation (e.g. daylight solar system)
Better servo motors
Two years warranty
Overall plastic look & feel of outside?
Handset cord way too short?
Saddle knobs too smooth?
Posted 08 March 2009 - 02:19 PM
Other CGEM pros ... Larger Alt and Az ajustment knobs, more mature software.
Other cons ... hardware not as well proven.
Posted 08 March 2009 - 03:07 PM
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Posted 08 March 2009 - 07:01 PM
The counterweight shaft must be unscrewed from the mount head, as it does not retract into the mount (as with the HEQ5/Sirius and EQ6/Atlas).
Posted 09 March 2009 - 02:30 PM
Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:46 PM
Just trying to throw another consideration into the mix.
Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:07 PM
Don't know about the NEQ-6 but would a CGEM also require this overhaul/maintenance:
No...and neither does the EQ6/Atlas. Most of the overhauls were done on the early (non-go-to) EQ6, and the mount has come a long, long way since then. Sure, some people take their mounts apart, but some people immediately take their Porches apart to "make them better" too. The Atlas almost always works just find right outa the box.
Frankly, the CGEM and Atlas are sisters and are more alike than different.
Posted 09 March 2009 - 06:25 PM
Still getting used to it 1st GEM I have owned so I haven't determined the positive/ negatives. Does seem a tad noisy when slewing. However, it holds my TMB 130, 2 inch star Diag. a 31mm Nagler, and a heavy Williams optics view finder with no problem
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 01:37 PM
Here is what the top of the tripod looks like:
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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:20 PM
I sure hope so.
Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:36 PM