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#476 dr.who

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:45 PM

Currently $300 price difference between Hypertuned CG-5 here on CN vs new VX mount. Is the VX worth the added cost for imaging 80mm refractor? I ask a little late, as I just bought the CG-5, but appreciate views and comments.


The VX is 799. You're saying a new CG5 is 499? Haven't seen that. ;)


It's on blowout at my local shop, Woodland Hills Telescope and Darkroom. Per my friend over there (who is also my drug er ah astronomy kit dealer ;) ) they have 65 in inventory and Celestron isn't making anymore. He said something about it being just a bit above $500 for a new one so that is within spitting distance...

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:43 AM

Well comparing the price of a new VX to that of a possibly used, possibly messed with CG5--just because it says "hypertuned" don't assume Ed or Doc Clay did it--is not very...uh..."realistic." :lol:

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 04:59 PM

It is very realistic because it is true. Wise up to where prices really are.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:34 PM

It is very realistic because it is true. Wise up to where prices really are.


Somebody needs to wise-up muchacho, but it ain't me. :lol:

New CG5s have never sold for 499.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:41 PM

Fight! Fight! Fight!

Get your popcorn here!

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:12 PM

It is very realistic because it is true. Wise up to where prices really are.


Um, you do realize that Uncle Rod literally wrote the book on SCTs, right? He also wrote The Used SCT Buyer's Guide.

He's a bit of an authority on this topic.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 01:43 AM

QUESTION?...Will this mount carry a C9.25 with a video cam? Or, is it only usful for a C8.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 07:42 AM

QUESTION?...Will this mount carry a C9.25 with a video cam? Or, is it only usful for a C8.


It will. Not as steady as a C8, natch, but quite good for a Mallincam, that's for sue.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

Um, you do realize that Uncle Rod literally wrote the book on SCTs, right? He also wrote The Used SCT Buyer's Guide.

He's a bit of an authority on this topic.


Well, thanks. I really don't know much more--if anything more--than anybody else, but I do know the price of a good cigar and the price of a good telescope (mount). :lol:

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:45 AM

I don't know about OhioAlfa getting some special deal, but right now a new CG5 is on sale for $639 at Woodland Hills. Maybe they "hyper tune" for no additional fee. But that's still not $499.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:35 PM

Carl,

I talked to Farah this last Friday and I believe she will be dropping the price quite a bit more than that. I would call and ask... The number I heard was closer to $500 than $600...

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:57 PM

That may be. It's a discontinued product now. ;)

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

Love my CG5 after Ed's hypertune. Smooth.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:13 PM

My shipment of Edge 8 and VX mount have become separated. The scope is in but mount is late. Always the way.

I wonder of the Edge 8 is handhold-able mounted on the Canon 5DMKII? :lol:

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

That is referred to as "Staging."

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 07:09 PM

To all
Want to hear if anyone with 8"SCT have achieved good
results imaging with this mount?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

Maybe ADM could be enticed to make a replacement azimuth post to allow mating of the VX head to CG-5/Sirius/SVP accessories like Orion's pier extension.

Sadly that won't help me. I run my CG5 on Antares piers (48" and 60" depending on OTA length) and the azimuth posts on the piers is part of the casting of the top plate. :(

Still, I'm wondering if I could rig something that I could JB Weld to the cast-in post on one of the top plates. I have two piers and two top plates, and could run one as a VX dedicated plate and the other for other CG5 compatible heads. :thinking:

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:31 AM

Y'all's thoughts on the good, old CG5's replacement?


The ergonomics look nice. Just don't like improvements being made for imagers that visual only folks are gonna have to pay extra for. :mad: Not a huge price increase, but still....


Imagers only? Better tracking and steadiness will be more than welcomed by visual obsevers as well. ;)


Better than what? Depending on how lazy I am at set up,with my "old" CG-5 AS-GT, I can put something in the eyepiece and watch it till my eye bleeds, and it's rock solid with all the scopes I use on it. Like I said, it's a pretty mount, and imagers look to be very happy with the improvements, but at a realistic 100 to 150 dollar difference, it's not gonna rock my world for visual use. YMMV. ;)

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:28 AM


Better than what? Depending on how lazy I am at set up,with my "old" CG-5 AS-GT, I can put something in the eyepiece and watch it till my eye bleeds, and it's rock solid with all the scopes I use on it. Like I said, it's a pretty mount, and imagers look to be very happy with the improvements, but at a realistic 100 to 150 dollar difference, it's not gonna rock my world for visual use. YMMV. ;)


Well, if you are happy with your CG5, and don't want better, don't buy a VX. You won't hurt my feelings. :lol:

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:31 AM

Got the new VX mount last week and the initial impressions is very good. Nice sturdy mount. Quiet slewing. It is quite heavy to transport. So, if you have a couple of steps to handle from/to your scope storage (like I do), it could be quite a work-out.

This is my first Go-To and I was a bit flummoxed by the handset software at first. For example, on the first setup screen, you get a chance to choose a city or setup the Lat/Long co-ordinates. For the life of me, I could not figure out a way to switch between those options. It appears as a drop-down box, but the arrow keys don't switch between the options - the SCROLL keys do. Quiet counter-intuitive, I'd say.

It has been cloudy/stormy ever since I got the mount. I will add my impressions after star-light.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:19 PM



Better than what? Depending on how lazy I am at set up,with my "old" CG-5 AS-GT, I can put something in the eyepiece and watch it till my eye bleeds, and it's rock solid with all the scopes I use on it. Like I said, it's a pretty mount, and imagers look to be very happy with the improvements, but at a realistic 100 to 150 dollar difference, it's not gonna rock my world for visual use. YMMV. ;)


Well, if you are happy with your CG5, and don't want better, don't buy a VX. You won't hurt my feelings. :lol:


OK , then I won't run out and replace the CG-5! As long as I know it won't hurt your feelings, I'll stand pat. :grin: Seriously, though, I'm glad I got it when I did last year. I don't need to be paying for PE this and arc second that. It's only better if it's needed. If the CG-5 doesn't last me the rest of my life, at least it should last until the VXs go on sale awaiting THEIR replacement.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:45 PM

Got my mount and scope. Can't wait to unbox it after work. The two boxes barely fit in my Yaris. I could barely change gears.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:30 PM

I am just enjoying this mental image.

There's always a lot of foam in Celestron's boxes for the valuable parts.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

I run my CG5 on Antares piers (48" and 60" depending on OTA length) and the azimuth posts on the piers is part of the casting of the top plate. :(

Still, I'm wondering if I could rig something that I could JB Weld to the cast-in post on one of the top plates. I have two piers and two top plates, and could run one as a VX dedicated plate and the other for other CG5 compatible heads. :thinking:

- Jim

Something like that may be possible. The AVX fits on the AS-GT tripod, it's just that the azimuth adjusting post is too close. It may be possible to extend the post outwards a bit or drill and tap the existing top plate and fit a new adjustment post.

The usual disclaimers apply of course.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 05:47 PM

To anyone thinking about putting a 9.25 on the avx.. Id say give it a whirl. I have 25 lbs on this mount with amazing results (although mine is pier mounted). I believe this mount has more stability and is more capable than anyone really thought. It is quite a stunning mount for its class






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