Can you help me ID this mount?
Posted 23 April 2009 - 11:46 PM
Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:27 AM
Posted 24 April 2009 - 02:17 AM
Posted 24 April 2009 - 08:52 AM
getting a scope with this mount attached. not sure what kind of mount it is. can yall help me id it. wont have it in my hands for another week or two.
Appears to me to be (or similar to) one of the (non-Synta) GP/EQ4/CG5 clones that have been sold by Konus in the last few years. It appears to be perched on a tripod that came from an LXD75, maybe.
Posted 24 April 2009 - 01:03 PM
Looks like a CG5 cloneto me; it's not an Orion SVP but sure is similar, especially the RA gearing and clutch! I also agree with Rod that the tripod looks LXD75-ish.
If not included you better get a counterweight on that shaft or you'll never achieve balance.
Posted 24 April 2009 - 05:03 PM
If you are the one who wond that on ebay, you should be o.k - looks like everything is there. However, I would call those folks at the pawn shop and give a very stern, "NO SKIMPING ON SHIPPING MATERIALS"
Posted 24 April 2009 - 07:20 PM
I don't have a clue as to who builds them but I do know that CG5 guts are the same as whats inside the clone.
Posted 25 April 2009 - 12:44 PM
PS did the mount come with any counter weight your pics dont show any?
IF it did not dont use the mount untill you get some as you will strip your gears & drives on the mount.
Posted 25 April 2009 - 06:28 PM
Posted 25 April 2009 - 08:48 PM
question for you guys, how do i calculate the amount of counterweight to use?
Start with 2/3 of the payload - then add or remove as required.
Posted 26 April 2009 - 01:53 AM
the tripod looks like Celestron Omni CG4 tripod not really a LXD-75 mount.
Yep, I'd have to agree that it's a CG4 tripod. I just sold my CG4 today and spent some time looking it over. Same feet and one extension. And, yes, it lacks a tripod spreader. You might want to advertise for one and get a proper sized wing nut to hold it in place. With that much weight, I would be most concerned about the whole setup's stability carrying a C6R and any finders, etc.
You absolutely need counterweights. For the C6R I've used 2 11 lbs counterweights.
Honestly, IMHO, I'd seriously think about dumping the mount rather than trying to get it up to speed. Counterweights, tripod spreader, mount extension (because extending those legs to get it up to where that long tube will work without adding even more weight to front heavy OTA will make it more wobbly) and you're talking some $$. Just keep the OTA and keep an eye out for a used CG5-GT mount to handle that OTA.
P.S.: OK, maybe pick up a good wooden tripod to replace the CG4 tripod. Try Hands On Optics. You'll still need the c/weights and--perhaps--a mount extension, but those CG4 legs will simply never satisfactorily support the OTA.
Posted 26 April 2009 - 08:36 AM
Yep Synta EQ5 mount
I'd say "clone" of a Synta mount. Few years ago Synta apparently got too expensive for Konus.
Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:35 AM
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 10:27 AM