New medium mount choices
Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:37 PM
1. CGEM - 40lbs max load - seems low to me, but that is what it's rated - on sale for a few more days. None to have issues (new)
2. CGEM DX - 50 lbs load - seems low as well considering the tripod - on sale for a few more days. Would assume issues are still present as CGEM (new)
3. IEQ45 - would like to get the pier so I have options later to get a longer scope - 45lbs load - seems over rated to me considering the size vs CGEM head (new)
4. Atlas - 40lbs max - seems to get favorable reviews - has the EQMOD (new)
5. CGE - 65lbs max - looks beefy, but is it old technology? Hate buying something that discontinued, but would if it's worth it (used obviously)
6 G11 - 65lbs I think - has a large following - not cheap even used - seems old technology as well - looks great and the build quality seems the best of the bunch (used)
7 Alternatives - ?????
I will primarily use the mount in the backyard. I am younger and in shape so weight is not an issue. I will take it to a dark area when possible, but that will be rarely. I am trying to get CFO approval for a permanent pier, but that is not going over so well. It's not looking good right now, but she is supportive of my new hobby so I can't push my luck. So what do the experts think. I find the medium mount choices sparce considering how many options there are for scopes. Open to suggestions. Thanks in advance for responding!!
Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:03 PM
cgem all versions you take your chance at getting one that works perfect,,, yes there better now but still many lemmons out there...
IEQ45,,, never used one
Atlas/skywatcher.. very good mount consider the GT version
G11 far from old technology with the G2 gemini system and probably is the best of the lot
Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:26 AM
Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:23 AM
the cgems are nice mounts but I was not feeling comfortable to risk it with all the reports I read over the past 3 years.
I feel comfortable to recommend ithe azeq6 to you as a safe and new mount, due to the fact that it adopts many characteristics of the proven atlas plus it has some interesting innovations.
It handles my 25-26 lbs setup like a rock.( short otas).
If the budget allows it of course a g11 could handle more payload.
I would avoid the Cgem till celestron comes out with a solution for the motor reduction gears and the clogging issue...but that's only my opinion.
Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:38 PM