Should I get A Celestron Cg5 Mount or Meade LX-80?
Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:39 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:14 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:19 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:19 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:32 PM
The CG-5 is a mature platform that's established, well known, and has plenty of support (and spare parts). The new Meade mounts??? The design sure does look nice and I especially like the GEM to alt/az versatility but with Meade gear right now, and especially something just now hitting the market and barely out of Beta (sts)...
edit - I also much prefer the Nexstar software to Autostar.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:47 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:03 PM
I've not run into trouble with the CG-5's gears, other than having to readjust the RA motor for proper gear mesh with the drive shaft only once after an entire year of heavy use, mostly in quite cold weather, which I suspect caused the motor to loosen from its bracket.
I'd briefly considered an iOptron, but I don't know anything about the "xxx-Towers" to make any recommendation; the one I was considering was the iEQ-45; I had been considering that along with a Losmandy GM8 (sans Gemini), but ultimately went with another CG-5 since I really couldn't justify the larger mounts.
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:23 PM
I don't know much about iOpton either but it looks alright. It looks like the Cg5 is a solid performer! Have you taken any video or Astrographs with the Cg5? If so can you share them please?
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:37 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:53 PM
Posted 25 April 2012 - 10:02 PM
BUT - You mentioned Imaging in your future and also the Atlas EQ-G. The Atlas EQ-G (or Skywatcher EQ6 or Celestron CGEM) are quite a large step in capabilities for a mount to be used for imaging. The Atlas/EQ6/CGEM may be more expensive and physically heavier then the CG-5 but if with long-exposure imaging in your plans THOSE are the mounts I would recommend.
Posted 26 April 2012 - 10:44 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:48 AM
So I broke my GEM mount over the past weekend and am in the market for a new mount with a bit of urgency. I started looking around on Monday and ran across the LX80. Since computer control and imaging are in the future for the mount the LX80 seemed like a good option. The problem was that "nobody knows for sure" when I will have it sitting in my yard. Well yesterday I was calling around and it appears that Meade shipped some out on Monday to fill back orders. Has anyone checked their doorstep to to see if UPS tossed one over the front gate and into their yard?
OPT says in stock for some scope + mount combinations. The mount alone seems to be still on pre-order status. I received an email notification from them yesterday. See the link below:
Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:29 AM
The Meade is just fine AFTER you get used to using it...and it also has some "handy" functions that are useful ..
Bottom line.. the HC is a non issue..Come-on-Man I know we all learned how to program a VCR at one point in our life... LOL
Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:39 AM
I've yet to see any user reviews, so I think a stable Celestron CG5 might be what I'll buy. I mainly wanted the LX-80 because I've never used a GEM and I'm a little intimidated by it, but I think I just need to jump in and get over that one.
Edit - just checked again in vendors forum. $200 price increase May1st. Not gonna get my tax money in on time for that, so it makes the CG5 more appealing now.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:26 AM
Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:39 AM
iOptrons looked interesting but got confused by their website and there are more models for sale than the website lists . .
I am curious about the Kson mounts but there are no first hand experiences on this site.
so, same as the OP, it is not clear what to buy.
Wishing there is a website with a spreadsheet for all the mounts . . . . hint hint :-)
Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:01 PM
I think one advantage of the CG-5 is Celestron's polar alignment routine. Frankly, wonder why Meade has not yet figured out a similar routine?