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#26 Greg K.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 10:16 AM

Haven't noticed/checked tracking speed noise, but then again I only had the mount powered up for about 5 minutes last night to make sure it was all working.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 11:24 AM

I have played around with mine where I store it in my bedroom, and it was so quiet tracking that I forgot it was on till I noticed the scope had swept through 20 degrees. The clock ticking in the room is MUCH louder than tracking on the CGEM.

#28 Carl M

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:19 PM

My mount is the one the AT130 was riding on for most of the show. I did mount the 111 to get a picture first though:

Congrats! You got the one we helped you pack up? That's great! It was sure great seeing you and Mandy again! Tell Mandy that Tatiana said HI!

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:27 PM

Yep, I was packing it up to take it home - thanks for the assistance!

Mandy had a great time hanging out with your (and the Horstman's) kids and helping Alan! And thanks again for the scope they gave her. :)

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Posted 22 April 2009 - 06:06 AM

Yep, I was packing it up to take it home - thanks for the assistance!

Mandy had a great time hanging out with your (and the Horstman's) kids and helping Alan! And thanks again for the scope they gave her. :)

Thanks! I'll pass the word on to Zhenya (Evgeniy)! Let us know if you head this way for the Stellafane Convention in August.

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 06:41 AM

I snagged the CGEM that the 10" RC was sitting on. :grin:

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 08:25 AM

Didn't you win a prize as well Scott?

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:02 AM

I've had my CGEM out the past two nights and I'm loving this mount. Once I figured out how to get a good alignment (two star alignment w/ a calibration star is good) the goto's are spot on. You can add calibration stars to improve the goto model as well. In the field it's not too loud, it sounds a lot like an ASGT to me, actually. The mount accelerates and decelerates smooth as silk - nothing like the full-speed or nothing LXD motors/controller. Backlash is minimal to nonexistent. Tosses the 111 around like it's nothing, there won't be any issue at all adding another scope for guiding or whatever. :) I think Celestron has a real winner here.






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