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The new Celestron Virtuoso mount from CES

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#1 budman1961



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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:39 PM

This link is from Gizmodo, but it shows the new Virtuoso mount for Cameras from Celestron,

Celestron Virtuoso


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 11:28 PM

Hey Andy,

I saw this too. My only problem is that it appears to be an 'alt-az' mount so I don't know how it can do anything more than 15-30 second exposures without seeing some type of sky rotation. The price isn't that favorable either... I think you can get an Ioptron Smart EQ (guide port, EQ, low payload...) for about 400 bucks.

I'm just not sure that it really competes with the other options that can go 'EQ".

Good read though. When will these companies figure out they could hire a few of us as beta testers to post some pictures from these devices and their marketing would be viral? All 'we' as a community want is proof the devices work! :)

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:46 AM

It's not intended for long exposures. It's meant for wide-field time-lapse movies and panoramas. The motion provides considerable visual interest to such movies. Also, if you set it to move E-W at a slow pace, it will partially compensate for the motion of scenes shot near the meridian, permitting longer exposures.

The price given on the Celestron web site is only $250, which seems unbelievably low.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:23 AM

Mount, 90mm MAK and 2 EP's for $250... that's about low enough to give it a try.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:25 AM

I had to do a double take, but a 90mm Mak f/13.9, solar filter and 10/20mm eyepieces are included in the $250 price! I'm hoping the 'aux' port on the mount will allow for PC/etc control, it would definitely open up a world of low-cost time-lapse/panning shots.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:29 PM

Well, for $250 I decided to buy one of these...

but, after looking at Celestron's site I see you can buy the AllView mount for just $400. That has a tripod but no MAK OTA or solar filter...

but, it does seem to be the Virtuoso's big brother – maybe a little more useful with all the same features plus a standard HC.

but, for another $100 I can buy the "iOptron SmartEQ Pro" or for the same $400 you can gt the standard "SmartEQ".

Too many lower end options that should handle a DSLR fine. So I'm back to doing nothing.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 05:57 PM

Is it made of plastic or MDF? Anyone know?


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