Need mount advice for 130 f/6.3 apo
Posted 11 April 2011 - 06:50 PM
#1 Celestron CGEM.
#2 Losmandy GM-8 (Will it handle this scope? Also is it possible to get the G11 Heavy Duty legs for use on the G8 for added stability or just forget the G8 and get the G11 right way?) Portabilty is a concern.
#3 Optron Q45 (don't know much about this mount but it sure reminds me of an AP design)
#4 Vixen Sphinx
#5 Vixen Sphinx D
#6 Vixen GP Deluxe (not sure it will support this scope but I like the price compared to the others.
Any advice is sure appreciated or feel free to throw in your own contender. Thanks.
Posted 11 April 2011 - 07:47 PM
Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:03 PM
All of these mounts are much lighter than the eye-popping CGEM (I have a CGEM and GP.. I cannot move the fully-assembled CGEM around even if it has no scope on it). I had my C9.25 on the GP for a while.. the GP wasn't happy but it could (barely) handle the (22lb) C9.25 up to about 300X. But that's why I got the CGEM.
If weight is a concern, the Sphinx SXW has a 16lb capacity (about the same as the GPD/GPDX/GPD2) and the SXD has a 33lb capacity. Both are for visual.
Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:23 PM
Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:39 PM
From my experience so far with the IEQ45, it is more stable and better for AP but the software, while good and plenty adequate for me, takes some getting used to and isn't as easy to use. The goto performance, likewise, is good but not as accurate as the Celestron. At 25 lbs. though, the IEQ45 is just as easy to haul around and set up as the CG-5, will handle more weight, has a much better polar alignment scope, and comes with built-in GPS. It's no AP but I think it was a good buy and will meet my needs for a while. With an RA worm upgrade, it has the potential to be an excellent AP mount in my opinion.
Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:08 PM