My New Not So CGEM
Posted 12 March 2011 - 06:52 PM
So far I am not happy
Posted 12 March 2011 - 07:06 PM
I was looking at the picture of the CGEM mount that showed the mount head and a warning to make sure that the clutch is tightened. In that picture it shows the CGEM with setting circles.
Am I an idiot or what?
Now to figure out the fleeting hand controller holder haha
Posted 12 March 2011 - 07:15 PM
I am curious about the HC holder, mine has a serious grip on the tripod leg once snapped into place!
Posted 12 March 2011 - 07:18 PM
What tiny screw are you referring? The one on the setting circle as shown in the picture?
Posted 12 March 2011 - 07:38 PM
Soak the HC holder in very hot water (not quite boiling) for a few minutes. Then pinch the ears on the holder together long enough for the the plastic to cool. It may take a few tries to get the fit you need.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 08:32 PM
So I went to pick up my CGEM today. Assembled easy enough but its missing things, things that are important like RA a DEC setting circles and seems to be missing a tiny screw (seen in the picture) and also the hand controller holder slides alllll the way down the leg, whats the point on that?
So far I am not happy
I own a CGEM and I can tell you definitively that it has no setting circles. Like the previous poster said, GOTOs don't have them.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 09:09 PM
Posted 12 March 2011 - 09:59 PM
I don't think ADM DC8 will work with your Orion 8" F4 because DC8 is a dovetail for Celestron 8" scope. You probably need something like this:
You mount the tube rings onto the holes of ADM universal dovetail. Before you buy it, there are two versions, one is for standard size and other is for metric. Measure the hole spacing distance underneath the tube rings. It's either 2" or 60mm.
Posted 12 March 2011 - 11:18 PM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:31 AM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 09:22 AM
My scope looks exactly the same in regard to the screw holes. I used a flashlight to have a look, I can see the bottom of the hole, but I can't tell if it's an allen head or flat head screw. In fact, I can't tell if there is a screw in it. It looks like there could be nothing there. I understand your concern. But, my mount seems to work fine, so I'm assuming whatever is down there, or not, is correct.
So I guess what I'm saying is that you're CGEM seems fine.
Hope that helps, clear as mud huh?
Posted 13 March 2011 - 11:45 AM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 02:57 PM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 06:12 PM
Posted 13 March 2011 - 06:54 PM
It now works perfectly for me.
Posted 13 March 2011 - 08:47 PM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 09:19 AM
I had my first night out last week and I was dissapointed to say the least. Tracking was nowhere even close, balancing issues to boot I was frustrated. I did a noob thing, I guess at polaris, which I now know was my mistake.
Thankfully a member of my RASC Chapter helped me with my Balance issue. I can now balance perfectly, but, big BUT my Dynamic balance is way off when the guidescope is attached. Short of the story is, I can't mount the guidescope in a piggyback fashion. I am going to create an aluminum plate to mount it on the side, which should help with my dynamic dec balance issue.
I setup around 8PM, made sure balance was as perfect as I could make it, making sure I am as close to polaris as I could be without a Polar Scope then I did a two star alignment and added 1 calibration star, then a All Star Polar alignment, to my amazement it was centered in the field so I made no adjustments. I ran a few Gotos and it centered it in the field each time! It was working so good I decided to try taking a few images of M42 and it was then I noticed dec drift and ra drift, not bad but I definitely need to work on polar alignment
Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:37 PM
Posted 21 March 2011 - 06:43 PM