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#1 donnie3

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:35 PM

i have a new cg5 goto mount and trying to choose between a new meade 10" sct ota and a celestron 9.25 sct ota. both scopes are being sold from high point. the two scopes are the same price, with the 10" i get 1 more inch of apature but heavier (not really sure how heavy)the celestron 9.25 is lighter but less apature. what im concerned about, will the cg5 handle the weight of the meade 10" and if so, it would be my choice. any options on this subject would be appreciated. thanks, donnie

#2 junomike

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

I had a similar set up (10" ACF), but needed an extension on the counter weight shaft in order to balance the set up.
Given the choice, I'd go for either a 10" ACF or the C9.25.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

If you plan on doing any astrophotography the 10" will cause you issues in my opinion. Even the 9.25" is pushing it on that mount. I don't think the extra .75" is going to get you anything especially since Celestron scopes have better optics in my humble opinion.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

I use the 10" MeadeR (ACF) and a CG5-GT for my outreach setup. I have three 11lb counterweights to balance it. I have a 10X50 finder and a Crayford focuser added to it. Just make sure that you get the balance very good.

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Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:45 PM

I would go with the c9.25, the lighter weight will be helpful, the optics are on the side of the Celestron, the image shift will most likely be better with the Celestron, and the planetary views will also be better with the c9.25.
I have owned both.

#6 donnie3

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:51 AM

thanks for the feed back. just one other question, will the 9.25 sct separate the stars in globular clusters. this is what i observe the most and enjoy. i have a meade 8" and its border line but my orion 10" dob does a good job on globs, thanks, donnie

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:06 AM

Most globs look very nice in a 9.25" assuming dark skies. It is the one area where you see most difference from the 8". If you're a visual observer, the 9.25" is the perfect scope for the CG-5, IMO.

#8 bob midiri

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:42 AM

+1 on the C9.25. Have also owned both and still own the C9.25...bob

#9 donnie3

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:05 PM

thankyou very much for the input. im really leaning toward the 9.25. donnie






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