Super polaris/ CG4/ CG5 comparison?
Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:34 AM
I know the CG5 is computerized but I do not need the computer. I will need the availability of a clock drive.
I see some of these with no tripod . How hard will it be to find a tripod for the Super Polaris and other older mounts?
Any other ideas? Thanks; Don T.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:14 AM
The Super Polaris is a very nice mount, but they were often shipped on the AL 110 tripod. This isn' the beefiest tripod on the planet. Fine for visual use, but I don't think you will get a great deal of stability from it for imaging.
The OLDER CG4 likewise had a shakey aluminum tripod. I would say that this tripod would not be sufficient for imaging with the Genesis.
The NEWER ones use a steel tube leg tripod, and that would be a better choice, but the CG4 head is probaly not as good as the Vixen SP head, so you trade one evil for another.
The newer Go-to CG5s with big steel legs I think are your best choice. Even if you don't "Need" the computer, you still need to power the mount (Some of the SPs would run off of a 9 Vdc battery!) but for LESS than these other mounts will cost when you put a decent tripod and motor drive on them, you can get a COMPLETE CG5 Go-To.
If you don't want to use it in Go-To mode, you don't have to, but you will still need some power source.
As for finding tripods for these older mounts, it is easy to do. They all basically use the same tripod.
Again, you will pay dearly for a heavy duty tripod, so again, I think you will come out ahead going for the CG5 with Go-to.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:58 AM
I regret the omission of the "NOT" in the sentence.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 10:59 AM
If I bought a CG4 it would be a new one. I can get a new CG4 and clock drive at the moment for abought $350 including shipping.
I do have a 8SE so I am familiar with the Celestron system.
I have seen Super Polaris used for $175 without tripod and drive. I did see a new CG5 for $500 but it is gone and most of the time I see them for $600 to %650.
Thanks; Don T.
Posted 03 March 2011 - 11:36 AM
Posted 03 March 2011 - 03:59 PM
The Super Polaris has a good reputation for build quality but as already said by the time you get a drive (and tripod) your price is going to be high, and for an auto-guide capable drive system....
Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:25 PM
Posted 04 March 2011 - 03:24 PM
Posted 04 March 2011 - 04:05 PM
I'm putting my toes in the water of Astro-photography. If I get into it serious I may need to upgrade. Thanks; Don t.
Posted 05 March 2011 - 09:49 AM
Couple more options:
1. Meade sells refurbed LXD75 for $475
2. Used LXD75 and CG5 are regularly popping up in S&S for around $300-350
What kind of clock drive your mount has? Is it batter powered? If yes, then it could be modded for autoguiding, like described here:
Posted 05 March 2011 - 11:12 AM
It is made by Carton. I do not have a schematic. It does have slow and fast, fwd and rev buttons. Don T.
Posted 05 March 2011 - 12:32 PM