Upgrade G11 with Gemini or buy a Atlas or CGEM???
Posted 03 June 2009 - 12:08 PM
The Gemini and the Atlas and CGEM mounts are about the same price.
With a new mount I could take wide field images or visual work when I am using the G11 with the other scopes. I bought my girlfriend a goto mount and it is so cool.
I plan on using a C8 or TEC 140 on the new mount if I get one.
So, give my G11 the ability to plate solve, and goto objects or keep my G11 simple and work with two mounts.
Posted 03 June 2009 - 01:21 PM
So, get the second mount. You'll be happy you did it!
Posted 03 June 2009 - 01:52 PM
If you THINK you can see yourself doing this, like during the summer when the sky offers a huge array of both kinds of targets (Heck, dufing the summer, I have THREE telescopes and mounts set up at the same time.. lol) then two mounts sees to be the way to go.
BUT... The G11 is a wonderful mount, and these other mounts will not be its equal. If you think that the majority of your time you would be dedicated to one mount and one telescope during a session, then updating the G11 makes more sense.
Me? I like having the right size mount for each telescope. Even the CGE isn't a great mount for my 6" refractor, and when I cheat and use it on the CGE instead of the LDX 750, I always know that I have given up some stability.. So having the right mount for each scope in my book is important.
Hard call though. I don't think there is a "Wrong" choice here really. Two mounts does seem to offer a lot of flexibility though.
Posted 03 June 2009 - 04:45 PM
Of course you can sell the Digital Drive system to recoup some of the cost of upgrading too.
I bought a like new G-11 on Amart for $2600 with accessories and case. Very nice and only 1 month old. But these deal come and go quickly, so you can not just count on one showing up when you want it to do so.
A new mount would also have the latest worms, which would be nice.
The Atlas is a nice mount for visual use, but not as good as the G-11 for photo. Same with the CGEM, visually adequate with some vibration with a long scope. The G-11 tipoid is so darned stiff and strong and I think that makes some diference.
Hard call really, hope you can reach a decision.
Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:33 PM
As long as you plan to keep the G-11, you are okay. You can buy any other mount for playing around - just don't get rid of the good one in your possession.
Me? I like the Gemini system and would be very tempted to upgrade the G-11... AND buy a second mount.
Posted 03 June 2009 - 09:29 PM
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