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#1 meteorite

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:59 PM

I am considering purchasing this mount for a small refractor. Is anyone aware of any significant issues with this mount? I have been reading reviews and they seem pretty good.

If need be, the software can be user updated, right?

I understand that Celestron will be coming out soon with a newer version or maybe a different designation called "VX." Are their any deals on the mostly likley soon-to-be discontinued CG5 Goto?

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

http://www.astronomi...52.aspx?ptid=27

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:11 PM

Amazon and OpticPlanet.com and probably others still have the CG5 for sale but the price is on the $650 to $700 range. It may be better to get the replacement VX ordered for just $100 more. Either should work well with a small reflector.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:42 PM

There are some niggling design issues that the VX addresses, but overall, the CG5 is a great little mount. If the CG5 HC has version 4 firmware or later it can be upgraded. The CG5-GT I got new in early 2011 had v4.16; 4 has been out for a while, but don't know how long.

If the VX fixes as many of those things as it looks like it does (better power switch, thread-on power connector, more sensible arrangement of motor covers and dec cable) and it performs as well as early reports indicate, expect a flood of CG5s to hit the used market. astronomics (neotesla's link above) shows CG5 in closeout at a price $250 less than the VX pre-order price.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:53 PM

I bought mine a few days ago after seeing the closeout price at astronomic s. Absolutely no regrets. A great mount for the price, and I have it now, not in a few weeks.

#6 David Pavlich

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:29 PM

Very tough to beat at that price. I use one with a 10" Meade R on it and it does just fine.

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