Celestron C11-SGT (XLT) V CPC 1100 xlt and wedge
Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:27 AM
Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:19 AM
Wedges are expensive
The weight of the fork and OTA is quite substantial ...Toss in a wedge and the Gem is simply easier to transport and set up
That said I have no use for Gem mounts anymore because my old body is not as flexible as it used to be and I have no interest in AP
Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:50 AM
Here's the way I break it down. The CPC (alt/az) is best for visual observing and quick astrophoto setup for 30 second snaps. Comfortable viewing angles. Less than a minute to align.
An EQ mount (GEM or CPC/wedge) is required for long exposure photography and requires polar alignment which is a bit more consuming than a quick align on CPC.
I think it comes down to your astrophotography requirements. I tend to do visual observations 90% of the time and some amount of astrophotography. So I just picked up a CPC1100 this summer and love it! I am in the process of picking up the HD Wedge. While installing the scope on the wedge is a bit more pain, I don't expect to do it a lot and having the more portable, quicker setup Alt/Az dominates.
But, if you are going to spend 40-50% of your time, or more, doing photography. You certainly might be better off with the GEM mount.
My 1.5 cents worth.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 09:38 PM
So my vote goes for the gem with the much better bite sized weight sharing pieces. Putting the cpc on the tripod is a bear anyway, add the wedge and it is a grissly bear.