CG5-ASGT Camera tracker
Posted 22 July 2010 - 12:16 PM
Anyone using a cg5 as a portable camera tracking mount for wide angle shots? I just picked up a new cg5 asgt for visual and the eq head is so small it could easily be carried
on an airplane. Probably wouldnt need a counterweight with just a camera attached. Problem would be the heavy tripod. Anyone attached a cg5 head to a camera tripod? I'm sure an adapter could be made although you would need a pin to use for adjusting azimuth during polar alignment. Any ideas?
Posted 23 July 2010 - 05:41 AM
Posted 23 July 2010 - 06:43 AM
Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:02 AM
Mine is an older CG5 with dual 6V the stepper motors.
I've recently had a ShoestringAstronomy autoguider port added to the G5 module and plan when the clouds and night time rains finally go away and the nights are not as chilly start using it as a camera platform for wide angle patrol stuff and for the platform for the Ad2all 300mm f2.8 + 40D and I'll be autoguiding it via a converted 50mm finderscope and a SSAG (or maybe that old ST4 I bought recently).
It's nice easily portable arrangement that I can put in the back of the 4x4 for when I go on holidays or just head to a local fairly dark park that's only about 1 hr away.
Posted 23 July 2010 - 07:10 AM
If so it might be quite easy to find someone with one of these who will do a swap.
Otherwise it might be quite easy to make a plywood mount; a piece of thick ply with a hole cut in it will take the mount, with a plate with a bolt to hold it on. The azimuth peg could just be a bolt.
For use with a camera you may not even need the counterweight shaft, that would allow a really short tripod.
Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:08 AM
Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:40 AM
I think the CG5 head would make a great wide field imaging mount using 200mm and less focal length.
Posted 23 July 2010 - 09:34 AM
Will the HAL tripods fit the cg5 asgt without modification? I do have a vixen porta II but the celestron head wouldn't fit.
Posted 23 July 2010 - 10:53 AM
Will the HAL tripods fit the cg5 asgt without modification?
Yes, fully interchangeable. Been there, done that. Make sure the tripod is the one for the GP-GP2, not the Sphinx...I think that one is a little different.