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#301 hectar

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:14 AM

Thanks for the response(s) guys. :cool:

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D. Bang on. As good or better than my NexStar 11 GPS. By "stays" do you mean go-to accuracy doesn't degrade as the evening wears on, or are you talking about tracking? Go-to has never degraded over the course of the night.


I meant GOTo spot on and tracking for few hours.

#302 Whichwayisnorth

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:52 AM

I too like the Orion mini.

#303 bunyon

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

I may have missed it: does the AVX come with a polar alignment scope - it looks like it has space for one (yes, I know, many of you think I'm crazy for using it. I won't argue, but I'm free to be crazy).

Also, does it fit the same tripod/pier as the CG5?

#304 rmollise

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:51 AM


I meant GOTo spot on and tracking for few hours.


Tracking quality is dependent on your polar alignment's quality. ;)

#305 cn register 5

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

It doesn't come with a polar align scope but the adverts say one is an option. I've never used one, I would have to demolish my house to see Polaris from where I set up.

It doesn't fit the CG5 tripod, not quite, there's details further back in this thread.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:06 PM

Cool, thanks.

#307 Orionis91

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

It works, that's what matters. ;)

#308 Ben B

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:32 AM

After reading initial reviews earlier in this thread and elsewhere I decided to go for it. My Advanced VX mount should arrive tomorrow which just happens to be the same day my new StellarVue APO arrives. Time to take off work!

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

I also use the Orion "Mini" setup with PHD. On the CG-5 I could get nice round stars up to about 5-6 minutes. Haven't tried the AVX yet. Temps are too low for my old bones right now (+5 to -10 most nights). I use an Orion G3 and a Canon DSLR with an Orion ED-80 and an Astro-Tech 6" CR. Both make a very light-weight setup and produce very sharp images.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 11:10 AM

Well. I also decided to order one of these for a portable setup. Should be here in a few days. :D

#311 mpgxsvcd

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:11 PM

Is there an illuminated polar finder for the new VX mount? I really wish someone would come up with one for the lower end mounts. That would make that process a lot easier in the dark.

#312 rmollise

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:22 PM

AllStar is a lot easier than an illuminated polar scope. ;)

#313 bunyon

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:28 PM

Here we go again. :)

Travis, I don't know about illuminated, but the folks at Astronomics told me that the same scope that fits a CG5 or CGEM will fit the VX.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:15 PM

Is a pdf manual for the mount available? I can't find it on Celestron's website...

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#315 Mkofski

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 09:29 PM

Is a pdf manual for the mount available? I can't find it on Celestron's website...

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Try: http://www.celestron...&_m=download...

#316 mpgxsvcd

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:50 AM



I meant GOTo spot on and tracking for few hours.


Tracking quality is dependent on your polar alignment's quality. ;)


And your balance with these lower end mounts.

#317 Enzino

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:39 AM

Thanks Mike!!

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Is a pdf manual for the mount available? I can't find it on Celestron's website...

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Try: http://www.celestron...&_m=download...



#318 rmollise

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:45 AM

And your balance with these lower end mounts.


Well, sort of. Balance if very important when imaging, but really doesn't much affect visual use.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

My Advanced VX arrived yesterday so I had to try it out last night even though the skies were mostly cloudy. Polaris was continuously hidden behind clouds so I used a compass to polar align the mount as best I could then did a 2 + 1 star alignment. I intended to do 2 + 4 then the all star routine but the clouds weren't cooperating.

I was able to get a small break in the weather to test out the GOTO and tracking and I was extremely impressed. My telescope only has a focal length of 480mm but every target I asked the mount to go to ended up almost in the center of my 12mm eyepiece. Tracking seemed very accurate as well - I took a 2 minute video of Jupiter with my webcam and there was only a 1 pixel difference between Jupiter's position in the first frame and the last frame. With a proper alignment routine and decent weather I expect great things from this mount.

The only issue I've run into so far is my SV80ST scope is light enough that the counterweight is positioned in a such a way that it can hit the altitude adjustment screw in the front. I had to slightly loosen the screw so it's horizontal to prevent things from hitting. Perhaps I just need to attach a bit of extra weight to the telescope so I can move the counterweight closer to the end of the bar.

#320 mpgxsvcd

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:25 AM

And your balance with these lower end mounts.


Well, sort of. Balance if very important when imaging, but really doesn't much affect visual use.


I think it really affects the tracking when you get close to the limits of these lower end mounts with imaging scopes and equipment.

I checked and the CG-5 lists its carrying capacity as 35 pounds and the new VX mount is only rated for 30 pounds. I wonder if they backed off on that spec because it was more of a problem than they realized at first.


Capable of holding over 35 lbs of payload and slewing at 4ยบ per second.

http://www.optcorp.c...60&kw=Cg-5&st=2

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:34 AM

I think it really affects the tracking when you get close to the limits of these lower end mounts with imaging scopes and equipment.


All I can say is I've never had a problem visually with a C11/binoviewer and all the fixins on the CG5 despite balancing in "casual" fashion. ;)

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:41 AM

seems like quite a few of these mounts are getting set up and used but very few pictures of users setups are getting posted :shrug:

how 'bout some pics :photo:

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:57 AM


I think it really affects the tracking when you get close to the limits of these lower end mounts with imaging scopes and equipment.


All I can say is I've never had a problem visually with a C11/binoviewer and all the fixins on the CG5 despite balancing in "casual" fashion. ;)


Well. Like you said these things are only important for imaging. I am sure that most people buy this mount for observing. However, some of us also would like to see if when pushed to its limits it can do ok for imaging. It sure would be nice to use an $800 mount instead of a $1400+ mount for imaging. Even better if it can be done without guiding as well.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:01 AM

seems like quite a few of these mounts are getting set up and used but very few pictures of users setups are getting posted :shrug:

how 'bout some pics :photo:


I only remembered to take a couple of unboxing pictures last night - forgot to snap any things completely put together. Here you go - http://www.flickr.co...57632704046692/

If you'd like to see pictures from a specific angle or a closeup of some specific part let me know and I'll be happy to snap some more.

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Posted 06 February 2013 - 11:31 AM

thanks for those pics! I was hoping to see what people had for different OTA's on this mount. It's always easier to get a size perspective when you see familiar OTA's mounted. I'm sure pics will start to get posted sooner or later once the newness wears off. -Tim






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