Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:36 PM
Wondering if anyone has knowledge of working load of CG5 , mostly for imaging. Reason I ask is that I have a SW 200 f5 Newt. Beast of a scope and requires additional CW on shaft. Also I have a C80 , would like to use it side by side but unsure if its actually possible with out stressing the mount.
Seems to be a bit of conflicting advice re weight limit around the net , hence asking here if any one has personal experience.
Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:37 PM
Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:55 PM
I have a side by side plate coming which should keep things a little closer to center and should allow me to raise up the counterweights a little bit.
I think that if you can stay under or around 15lbs then that's probably best with this mount for AP. More weight is possible but if you want to avoid some headache keep it lighter! I believe the mount is rated at 28lbs. General rule is to half that for AP.
Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:38 PM
Jared , can I ask what length of exposure you're getting , maximum without bloating/trailing with that set up ?
One of the problems ( IMHO ) is the sheer length of the 200mm Newt OTA I have. Quivers at the slightest touch , tho' using a lappy to view / image away from mount does help.
Posted 22 June 2009 - 03:10 PM
If you already have the CG-5 you might as well give it a shot. You might want to make a cheapo guidescope out of a 9x50 finder though...that would weigh a lot less than a C80.
When fully loaded my setup is pretty shakey, which is why I can only image when it's calm.
Posted 22 June 2009 - 05:18 PM
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