Celestron EQ sale - mount options
Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:28 PM
Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:55 AM
The big tripod (that comes with the CGEM-DX) weighs 45 pounds and the CGEM tripod weighs 17 pounds. To get something sturdier I upgraded my tripod with this spreader. I have seen the nicer tripod and don't think it is worth hauling around so much weight. I can take 10 minute exposures with an autoguider with my CGEM using an f/10 C8.
Now, if I had it all to do over again from scratch, I would get the CGEM (non-DX) and upgrade with the spreader. I also have the polar scope and dual saddle upgrade that I wouldn't want to be without. So what I'm saying is that I would end up with exactly what I have now.
Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:37 AM
Posted 31 March 2013 - 11:00 AM
I had a CGEM DX and loved it. Its worth getting the big sturdy tripod and thicker counterweight bar. It handled heavier loads good too.
Now I have a slightly used CGE and its even better, but heavy.
Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:55 PM
I love the CGEM. It beefier than I thought and it worked perfectly right out of the box first time. Tracking was spot on. I'll see how it does once I can get clear skies in NJ for more than 1 hour and I can use the guide scope and autoguider set up I ordered. The sale was the final factor that made me get this mount. No regrets.
Posted 31 March 2013 - 03:47 PM