Posted 18 August 2010 - 01:27 AM
Also unrelated question... Mine only has an RA motor and a hand paddle that does forward and backwards. Is there a way by purchasing a kit or DIYing something that I can mod it to add Dec control too? I could probably mod the electronics myself if I could get a stepper & gearing to bolt on nicely.
Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:17 AM
The CG-5 mount should handle your OTA, the important issue is the tripod, the new CG-5 AS mounts with their 2 inch Stainless steel legs were a serious improvement, what tripod are you going to be using?
As far as adding a DEC control, to do that you need a new controller and a paddle. But I would advice against it. The slop in the drives and relatively slow top speed of the motor means that moving the scope using the hand controller is a slow process, I much prefer the slow motion control, it's quicker and more accurate.
Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:19 AM
I have a CG-5 running a C-11/ST-80 combo. As long as it is balanced really well, I think you are good to go with this.
Yes, Motors and GoTo electronics can be added, but if it were me I would just pick up a second hand mount with it already on and sell what you have.
Good luck and clear skies,