ADM Dual Saddle for a CGEM DX
Posted 05 May 2011 - 07:55 AM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 10:28 AM
Yes, the heads are identical in most regards so that anything that fits on the CGEM head will fit on the CGEM DX head.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 10:42 AM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 11:34 AM
Kirk, Just curious ... why didn't you have the saddle modified instead of buying a new dovetail? I believe that it's just a simple bit of machining involved.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 12:02 PM
In truth, I do not believe the issue is Anthony's. The dual saddle is advertised as:
"DUAL-CGEM-SAD-OR - The perfect replacement saddle for people wishing to mount either Losmandy "D" series dovetails or Vixen "V" series dovetails."
The EdgeHD I own comes with a "CGE" dovetail and no where does Celestron say it is Losmandy "D" compatible. All they say is: "Includes dovetail rail compatible with CGE mount".
I am not the only person who had had the issue, if you read Jerry Lodriguss' review of the C11 HD in "Cats and Casses" he comments on this very issue. You can also Google this issue and find a lot of conversation about the same topic. I found one on Stargazers lounge warning about the same issue...not specifically ADM, but Losmandy clamps or saddles used with CGE dovetails. That said, the dual saddle works for every other "D" style plate I own,just not the CGE style. The CGE plate style does work on my Losmandy G11. To tell you the truth I really like the ADM "D" plate under my C11, it just seems sturdier. Anthony is a good guy, and I am sure he would modify the saddle if I asked, but IMHO, like I said I do not think it is really his fault. The CGE dovetails have been out for a long time, so I am sure he would have heard of this by now. Also, as far as I know the standards for dovetail sizes are a bit "hazy" if you will. My intent here was to make sure folks knew about the issue. I agree if you want to buy a ADM dual saddle for use with a CGE dovetail, it would be a good idea to call Anthony first with some measurements from a caliper! I am not saying anything bad about ADM or Celestron, just that CGE and Losmandy "D" do not mean the same thing to everyone.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:30 PM
I agree, and I'm not suggesting that it's really Anthony's fault either. It's just that as you know he really cares about his products and his customers and will usually work with anyone to ensure that they're happy. I believe it's much easier for the saddle to be modified than the dovetail bar.
I also don't think for folks buying new products that it's much of an issue anymore, I believe that Anthony has changed his saddles slightly to accommodate a even wider variety of dovetails.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 02:51 PM
Losmandy D is NOT always == Losmandy D (let alone CGE, Casady, etc, etc...).
To ALL their credit, the vendors involved do want to work together to make it right by their customers!
Jeff at Optec worked directly with Anthony at ADM on my particular issue...
Posted 06 May 2011 - 05:20 PM
Posted 06 May 2011 - 07:41 PM