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#1 NHRob

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:19 AM

Just picked up a TV-102 and looking for a modest mount, visual only. I don't want a beast.

Looking at the CG-4. The sale price at Astronomics is very attractive. Would that handle the TV-102 well?
Only need tracking, no Goto.

Other options ... GPDX, CG5, GM8 ...

Would like to keep cost < $500.

Thx,
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:29 AM

the GP works well, You defintiely do not need a GPDX

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:46 PM

LXD75 or CG5 can be had used <$500. GoTo is a bonus. GP's can be had for ~$200 but the motors and other add-ons quickly pile up!

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:22 PM

the GP works well, You defintiely do not need a GPDX

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Is the GP similar to the CG4 in capacity or, is it more similar to the CG5?

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 02:03 PM

GP is closer to the CG-5 which is rated for 35 lbs. Great mount for visual with that size refractor, will be stable.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 03:35 PM

the CG5 is the clone of the GP

35#???
that must be the load for scope and counterweights. I think more than 20# of scope would be too much.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 04:06 PM

That's what Celestron is rating them for now and I've got 32 lbs on my ASGT with no problems. Visual only.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 08:25 AM

Do you think an SVP would work? How does the SVP compare to a CG5 or GP?

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 06:19 AM

How about an iOptron miniTower? It's outside my budget but, I like its features.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 06:27 AM

Get the Losmandy, its worth it!

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 08:48 AM

The SVP would work with a 102, I would place it between a CG-4 and CG-5 for capacity.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 09:14 AM

Rob,

I use the MiniTower with my 102 and it's a very good combination.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 11:06 AM

Ed,
How stable is the Minitower at planetary mags ... let's say 200X or so?
I can't stand the "jiggles" when I tough the focuser.

Rob

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 10:12 AM

Rob,

It's been fine for me. When I adjust the focus it settles fairly quickly and the tracking is smooth enough to cause no jiggles for me.

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