Posted 13 February 2013 - 04:22 AM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:38 AM
You have to really be precise about the polar alignment and balance though. Any more weight than this probably won't work with a CG-5.
I have seen ratings as high as 35 pounds for the CG-5 payload. Celestron doesn't appear to give a spec for that and the new VX is rated to 30 pounds. I would think that 30 pounds is probably closer to its actual limit.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:19 PM
For photography, a C8 is about the limit.
The nice thing about the CG-5 is the weight. The mount/tripod combo is much easier to carry in and out of the house than, say, a CGEM or Atlas. This becomes an increasing concern as the years mount, especially if you don't have the luxury of using wheelie-bars or setting up on a permanent pier.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:35 PM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:09 AM
Vibration is more of an issue than the weight factor. I imaged for 4yrs with my CG5 before moving up to a CGE pro. In my OP the CG5 is a little workhorse of a mount.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:22 AM
Posted 14 February 2013 - 11:34 AM
Celestron sells the C11 OTA on this mount. The C11 OTA weighs 27#. It works fine on the CG5, when balanced, for visual use, but it's definitely pushing the limits. I think a C8 is a perfect mate for this mount, and pretty much any 4" and smaller refractor, too, will work well on it.