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#1 jerry10137

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:16 AM

Are these mounts going to be strong enough for a C11, AT65EDQ piggy and two cameras? Your thoughts?

The mounts are rated at 60lbs (I know divide by two). C11 weighs 28 lbs (rounded), AT65 weighs 6 lbs (rounded). I know some of the larger cameras and eyepieces are boat anchors also. You think this would work? This might be pushing it a little but still below payload. These are "supposed" to be rated to take a single C14.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 07:46 PM

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

I believe the CI700 is a somewhat downgraded Celestron version of the G11. Neither of them I feel would be very happy doing AP with a C11 at native FL... but I believe the G11 would fare better.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:05 PM

I used to use a CGE (same class mount) with a C11 and a VX120NA side by side. That worked pretty well visually but was probably marginal for imaging (don't think I ever tried it with that setup). A C11 and an AT65EDQ should be fine.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:06 AM

These mounts are roughly equivilent. The Ci700 has about the same load capacity as the CGE.

The Ci700 used to be the GEM for the C14, so it should be OK with the C11.

My concern about the Ci700 would be that parts (motors) are hard to come by.

There were also some declination clutch problems on many of these.

They usually sell for under $1K, but look for one with the encoder kit and pay a bit more.

It is a lot of mount for the money. Much more carry capacity than the Atlas.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:17 AM

Thanks for the replies. I picked up a used CI700. Hopefully it's a winner.






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