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#1 JimmyK

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 10:20 AM

Greetings,

I am in the final stages of either upgrading my Sky View Pro Mount by adding the Go To application, 500 bucks.

Or

Purchasing a iOptron Mini Tower, 800 bucks.

What I don't know is how the two systems compare. Any help, observations and opinions are appreciated.

Have a great day!

#2 Luigi

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 03:18 PM

IMO, a third and best option, CG5ASGT, 600 bucks.

#3 PAW

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 03:33 PM

I have a SVP mount with the Intelliscope option. If you have Intelliscope all you need to do is add the dual axis motors which are only ~$145 and you almost have a GoTo.

#4 wsuriano

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 04:08 PM

I agree with Luigi. I have both a MiniTower and a CG5-ASGT. For me, the MiniTower is a compact, grab and go mount that tracks well. The CG5 is just about as compact and portable as the MT (although it doesn't fit nicely in an "included in the price" metal case like the MT), every bit as good as the MT in its go-tos and tracking when properly aligned and calibrated, but has the benefit of being a capable imaging platform out of the box. And the CG5 is cheaper, has a sturdier tri-pod and is easy to polar align with the All-Star Polar Alignment routine. The MT can be polar mounted and used for long exposure astrophotography if you upgrade the bearings (about $300) and purchase a wedge ($379). I would at least put the CG5 in the mix.

#5 JimmyK

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 05:06 PM

Hi guys,

I have been reading a lot today and one post mentioned this one....

https://www.highpoin...p?idProduct=362

I compared the pricing and it beat the "normal" competition by about $100. I even called customer service at the one site that has best buy guarantee and they said they could not touch it for this price.

With shipping Order total: $638.40

Can someone confirm this is the same CG5? If this is the one Luigi mentioned then I think I am sold.

I appreciate everyones help. I am going to use the Orion Mak/Cas 150mm for this mount. I was thinking of upgrading my SVP mount but this seems a bit too good to pass up if it is the same unit.

Thanks guys!

Jimmy

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 06:43 PM

Yes that's the same CG5 Luigi posted about. It's much more capable than both SVP and Minitower.

#7 JimmyK

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:01 PM

Well, you guys sold me. $638.40 delivered. I guess it is time for me to get acquainted with the CG5 discussions here and read up on as much as I can.

I really appreciate your help. Your input led to my pushing the button on this mount and I also feel like I saved quite a bit of money using High Point Scientific.

Regards
Jimmy

#8 Luigi

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 08:07 AM

Perfect storage/transport bag for your new CG5. Strong, well padded and holds the head assembled to the tripod, CW and everything else.

$25 from Guitar Center.
http://www.guitarcen...649-i1152579.gc

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#9 JimmyK

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 11:29 AM

Sweet! Thank you!

Jimmy

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 12:21 PM

Deleted - posted in wrong thread. Sorry






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