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#1 donnie3

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:33 PM

im trying to decide between a celestron cg-5g or a se 6-8 mount. what one would be the better mount for reliability, and ease of operation. im leaning toward the cg-5gt, the only thing im wondering about with this mount is how accurate does the polar alignment have to be for visual only. with the se mount, you dont have to polar align, just set on the ground and do a two star alignment. any + and - about these two mounts would be appreciated. im sure both mounts are ok but i just wont to be happy with my order and also, what company would be best to work with in case there is a defect and might have to send it back " lord forbid " thanks, donnie

#2 idealistic

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Posted 04 May 2011 - 04:57 PM

thoughts on the CG-5:
The polar alignment doesnt have to be spot on for visual use. Just point it north, look at polaris through the hole where the polar alignment scope should be, and do a 2 star alignment. At this point the gotos will be accurate enough, and tracking will be fine. My CG-5 has kept Saturn in the eyepiece at 150x for well over an hour (while I showered, and ate dinner) with the simple procedure listed above.

Some things to take into account:
its kinda heavy, not too bad though.
some wiring issues (power cables)
sometimes I wish I had an Atlas so I could do astrophotography (my 8 inch newtonian is flocked with a dual speed crayford focuser and is a bit too heavy with the upgrades for the CG-5 to be a viable AP mount, forget about a guidescope and DSLR)






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