CGEM or EQ6
Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:31 AM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 09:58 AM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:15 PM
I bought a 111EDT and will get a KWIQ guider plus some cheapie CCD camera...so, as much as I love to tinker with things and would have a fun time with the non-goto Atlas and EQMOD and save $200 over the CGEM, I keep thinking I'm still going to be able to tinker with the CCD, especially If I get a mono, and will have to tinker with the autoguiding...so how much tinkering do I really want?
This hobby never gives you easy choices...it's nice to have choices, but OIY.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 01:32 PM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 02:02 PM
Certainly different motors, but I don't know if they are better necessarily. Noisier by report, but I haven't seen anything thus far that would judge them as being better.
I suspect the shortfall of CGEMs will be history shortly. The demand is here so it would be totally unlike "China Inc." not to adjust production to meet that demand.
Though I will likely first add wither a CGE or G-11 to my mount collection I am also looking at adding a CGEM for travel/outreach work. I have an Atlas and it has been a very good mount, but it would be nice to have two similar capacity easily transportable mounts for road trips. It's also nice to have redundancy on such trips. Were I to drive two 18 hour days to an extremely remote dark site and then have the sole mount I brought experience a glitch, I would cry.
Posted 06 May 2009 - 03:20 PM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 06:59 PM
Posted 06 May 2009 - 10:56 PM
To add to the 'tinkering' comments above, I have the EQ-6 Pro (same as the Atlas but white) and it is a fantastic mount.
The best part of getting a mount that has been around a while is that you can upgrade it with new and much better parts (such as ceramic bearings).
If you never plan to modify it, then you will want something that you wont get tired of. On the other hand, if you like to tinker.......
Posted 07 May 2009 - 03:20 AM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 05:31 AM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 06:57 AM
Hi! IÂ´m new to this forum, at least writing in it. Today I have a Celestron CG-5 and a WO 80 Zenithstar, but I am thinking of upgrade and buy a new mount and a larger telescope, probably a Skywatcher Explorer 190 MN PRO or a larger refractor. But first comes the mount and there are for the moment two alternatives: Celestron CGEM or Skywatcher EQ6.
Difficult decision. I love the Celestron HC and firmware. But I am more than happy with my Atlas EQ-6. My vote? If you will be using a laptop regularly in the field, get the EQ-6 and run it with EQMOD. If not, think "CGEM."