Something better than my SVP
Posted 13 September 2009 - 02:48 PM
Posted 13 September 2009 - 03:49 PM
Orion Atlas EQ-G/Skywatcher EQ6 Pro
Skywather HEQ5 Pro (less capacity than the first two)
Vixen GP-2 (less capacity than the previous three)
Since both the G11 and SVP are GEMs, I'm assuming you wish to stay with those.
In GEM world there really aren't any other choices at roughly the price mid-point you've specified.
T'were I you, I'd look at the CGEM before the others simply because I believe it's hand control software is more sophisiticated, and from personal experience I think it's quite easy to use.
You don't mention what types of equipment you want to mount, and that can make a difference. For example, the CGEM/Atlas mounts are quite heavy. If you do remote site observation, and you have a lightweight scope with no intentions of upgrading, I'd had for you to buy more capacity than you might need.
Posted 14 September 2009 - 07:16 AM
Posted 15 September 2009 - 10:29 AM
Bottom line: It kinda sorta depends upon the scope(s) you want to use with your mount that determines what's ideal (he writes as he states the massively obvious).
Posted 15 September 2009 - 06:16 PM
Posted 15 September 2009 - 06:35 PM
I was very pleased with the Eq-6 but it Heavy to setup every night More suited for a pier of scope buggy setup..
Sirius is quite good but I heard the tripod is not as rigid as the CG-5 but again depends on your load
I've had the CG-5GT for about 2 months now and I like it. I don't load it up much no more than 15 lbs...Heaviest Load C6 guide camera and lens Imaging camera and counter weights.
CG5 has a bit noise while slewing.....Also has the dec cord
outside and wraps at times but rarely an issue..For the money I think it's the best bang for the Buck Used around 350-450
Hope this helps
Posted 15 September 2009 - 07:23 PM
The Orion mount extension for the SVP mount works with the Sirius mount.
Makes sense. The HEQ5/Sirius tripod looks to be the same one that comes with the SVP. Those mounts probably deserve something a little more stout, really.