LXD75 or CG5 GT which is easier to use?
Posted 12 June 2009 - 07:33 AM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:02 AM
Has anyone used both for a comparo? I'm looking at either a celestron C6 GT reflector or meade 6in. newtonian LXD75 N-6AT. Thanks!!!
Yes. I've used both, and, let's face it, both are very similar mounts. I find the CG5 slightly easier to use, though, and also somewhat more dependable. I also like the ability to use NexRemote with it (using a wireless gamepad as a hand controller is _cool_)...
Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:33 AM
I've used both and prefer the Celestron mainly because I like the NexStar hand controller better. As Rod noted, they're both fairly similar.
Which 'C6' were you thinking about? C6 SCT, C6 Newtonian, or C6 Refractor?
Posted 12 June 2009 - 08:59 AM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:01 AM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:19 AM
I think I am in the minority here, so take my 2 cents with a grain a salt.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 10:41 AM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 12:04 PM
I didn't see your post when I was typing. So it is a tie. Nice looking set-up.
I think if you get either you will be happy. This is my SN6 on the LXD 75 Mount.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:16 PM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:54 PM
Posted 13 June 2009 - 02:56 AM
Posted 13 June 2009 - 07:45 AM
I prefer the NexStar H/C with shortcuts, but the primary advantage of the Meade is that if you like to do a lot of manual slewing, the Meade lets you change the slew speed easily.
But like I say, I prefer the NexStar shortcut keys. If you have a go-to scope, you find yourself doing a LOT more objects in a session, and far less random slewing around.
It sounds like you were already pre-disposed to the Meade because it matches your telescope, so not sure it it would have made a difference in the end.. Most of us like what we like and will buy it regardless of what other's opinions are, yes??
Posted 13 June 2009 - 10:18 AM
If you have not used either Autostar or NexStar, most people would probably say that NexStar is easier - but it's a completely subjective thing and YMMV.
Posted 13 June 2009 - 01:09 PM
Hi Dan, Pat, and all. Thanks for the replies. Nice looking scopes. I am leaning toward the Meade, it will also match my AR5. I recently sold my LX200 10 and 12" because the AR5 gave me almost as good of views for many thousands less. Optics planet, here I come!! Hey Dan, how do you like your 20" obsession?
It's a wonderful telescope and I am very happy with it. Don't even mind climbing a ladder to get to the eyepiece!