celestron cg-5 or clone
Posted 28 April 2009 - 10:11 PM
Ive had one of the konus made cg-5 clones before and it was ok but tripod legs were a bit small.But I can buy one of these new for $180 and then buy a nice wooden tripod or 2" diameter legged tripod and have a decent cheapsettup with dual tracking motors.
Or I could just go for the celestron goto cg-5. Never seen one or used one so dont know if they function any better than the clone cg-5 I had. Goto is not important but would be nice I guess to have. Do these perform better than the konus cg-5 clones? Can they handle more weight?
And can they be laptop controlled?
So I could have the clone setup for around $300
Or about double that and go with the celestron
Anyone have experience with both
Posted 28 April 2009 - 10:19 PM
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 07:48 PM
However Luigi i think he meant by slow motion from what i understand is the manual hand slow motion controls for manual motion. I dont think he was saying can the the hand control box move in differnt speeds.
Here is what i think he was asking in the link these kind of controls
Posted 30 April 2009 - 03:31 AM
Posted 30 April 2009 - 06:05 AM
If you want better than that for AP, then you'll have to pony up for a beefier mount like a CGEM or Atlas at a minimum IMO.
Posted 30 April 2009 - 06:27 AM
Posted 30 April 2009 - 10:23 AM
It will be hard for me to sell mine on it's return from Celestron, but I'm funding an AT8RC....
Posted 30 April 2009 - 08:43 PM
If I buy the SV102D (possibly a SV110ED), I'll need something to put it on.
When is your CG-5 coming back from Celestron? What was the reason it had to go there? (If ya don't mind my askin'.)
Gotta sell my Hasselblad first. It's on AM, but nobody's buyin it so far. Next, I have to pay for my eye surgery.
Then I'll be hot to trot. Couple weeks.
Posted 01 May 2009 - 02:26 PM
I have a SV102ED, and have used it on a Orion SkyView Pro mount (Eq-4), which has tubular steel legs a little thinner than on the CG-5 (1.75" on the SVP and 2" on the CG-5) for visual only and it was fine. Should be better if anything on the CG-5. However I do visual only, and defer to others on its fitness for Astro Photography with a SV102ED. However the SV102ED is about 13 pounds with standard accessories so a CG-5 should do fine.
(NOTE: A friend of mine once got a Celetron CG-5 that was not a goto and said it was defective and too shaky. These do exist, and they have slo mo manual controls unlike the goto model)
Posted 05 May 2009 - 10:09 AM