Atlas vs CGEM
Posted 10 February 2010 - 01:29 AM
I understand they are rated for the same load.
Posted 10 February 2010 - 02:16 AM
Posted 10 February 2010 - 11:18 AM
For tracking I would say either is a wash. The Atlas is quieter but slower slewing. The Atlas is EQMOD friendly and the CGEM is not. The CGEM has some updates that make it a more ergonomically friendly mount - namely superior altitude ajustment; the Atlas has a tendency to force you to bend the thin, painful adjustment screws but the CGEM has a thick, smooth, easier-to-handle knob.
I have an Atlas purchased before the CGEM was a gleam in C's eye. Were I to do it over again, likely I would opt for the more modern CGEM. That said, I've never had a hiccup with my Atlas and it has seen hard use in very tough environments (high elevation, extreme heat, high humidity, dew, etc). I've read about lots of growing pains on this forum with the CGEM, including what seem to me to be a too-large number of DOA or defective units out-of-the-box.
The database/feature set of the hand controller does matter to me, so once I feel the CGEM has its gremlins worked out I will likely switch. Until I feel warm and fuzzy toward the CGEM, however, I'll enjoy the Atlas.
Posted 10 February 2010 - 06:55 PM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:24 PM
Nevermind, found it. Like that better than the one on the CG-5.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:27 PM
Posted 11 February 2010 - 11:54 PM
Piece 'o cake. I have scopes with both dovetail requirements. Accordingly I have adapters going both ways (Vixen-to-Losmandy for the Atlas and Losmandy-to-Vixen for the CGE).
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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:13 PM
Posted 12 February 2010 - 06:46 PM
Posted 12 February 2010 - 11:09 PM
Posted 13 February 2010 - 12:12 AM
Posted 13 February 2010 - 08:54 AM
The CGEM uses the Losmandy type dove tail, doesn't it? I'd have to convert it to Vixen type.
Uhhh...what you want to do is change the dovetail on the _scope_. Losmandy D is considerably better than the Vixen dovetail.
Posted 14 February 2010 - 12:28 AM
BTW Rod, had both been out at the time you bought your Atlas, which would you have chosen, it or the CGEM?