Jump to content


Celestron CG5 Goto

  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 meteorite


    Viking 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 718
  • Joined: 28 Jan 2006

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?



#2 neotesla



  • *****
  • Posts: 1129
  • Joined: 18 Nov 2010
  • Loc: Canada

Posted 20 January 2013 - 02:03 PM


#3 Mkofski


    Surveyor 1

  • *****
  • Posts: 1562
  • Joined: 19 Jul 2011
  • Loc: Greenfield, Indiana, USA

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.

#4 SkipW


    Ranger 4

  • -----
  • Posts: 337
  • Joined: 03 Feb 2011
  • Loc: Oklahoma, USA

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.

#5 evilmedic13


    Vostok 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 106
  • Joined: 22 Jun 2012
  • Loc: Chicago,Il

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

David Pavlich


  • *****
  • Administrators
  • Posts: 28236
  • Joined: 18 May 2005
  • Loc: Mandeville, LA USA

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.


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics