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#1 neonikon

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:47 AM

I'm sort of a novice and I wanted to know which of the two mounts is worth for money?

1) Celestron CG-5 Computerized Telescope Mount Celestron CG5
2)Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial GoTo Telescope Mount Orion SkyView Pro EQ

The price different is significant enough but don't want o compromise too much on the quality.

I'm going to use it for observing and astrophotography.

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Orion 8" f/3.9 Newtonian Astrograph Reflector Telescope Orion 8"

#2 rmollise

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:45 AM

CG5.

The Orion branded mount is similar, but the Celestron's software is superior.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:30 AM

Not only is the celestron software superior, but the CG5's tripod is much beefier. As for the mount heads themselves, they're more alike than different. Both are Synta sourced derivatives of the Vixen Great Polaris.

Even though it costs much less, the CG5 is a better rig all around.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:30 PM

You may have some trouble imaging with an 8" Newt on either mount.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:56 PM

I agree. If you are going to try long exposure imaging, it's best to stick with something like a 6-inch f/5 or f/4 Newtonian or a C8. The long tube is a lot for the mount to handle.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:41 PM

I've owned both and the CG5 wins hands down. Better tripod and all star polar align not to mention better pointing accuracy. Periodic error was about the same in both. Like the others said your 8" newt is going to be frustrating for ap on this size mount. I'd go used CGEM or Altas vs new CG5 if money is an issue.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 04:44 PM

You could also use a 80mm f/6 refractor for wide field AP with the CG5.

#8 neonikon

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:43 AM

Thanks everybody for the suggestions.
Now I'm going to have to wait for another 6 months to save enough money to buy either Altas or CGEM. But this would be maybe first and last buy so don't want to compromise on it.






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