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#1 Qwickdraw

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 11:45 AM

Why does the Celestron CGE PRO line tripod look like it is top heavy,unstable and could topple over from a slight nudge? This was one of the factors that steered me away from Celestron and toward the new Meade LX850 line. The LX850 mount looks like it would take a hurricane to tip it over.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:17 PM

The combination of that large wedge and the electronics pier does put the mount way up there! That height can be an issue for folks wanting to place it onto an existing pier sized for a more conventionally proportioned mount (like me). I'm quite sure that it is no less stable than the LX850, though. Might even be a bit beefier. Heavier, for sure (I've hefted both).

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:47 PM

The CGE-PRO is very heavy and stable. No wobble, wiggle or movement at all. Furthermore, you can always extend the legs out by replacing the center braces with longer ones. This would give the tripod a much wider stance. If you are using a pier, you could of course lower your pier until you are comfortable with the height. I've also seen people remove the electronics from the electronics pier and put them in a separate box then they have a machine shop make a small adapter between the mount and the tripod or pier thereby lowering it even more.

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 07:51 PM

The CGE-PRO mount also comes apart in two pieces that make it much easier to carry and set up. There are two bolts with hand grips on either side. Remove those and the top half of the mount lifts away nearly splitting the weight in half.
This is intentional. If only the CGE-PRO had internal cale routing...

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:04 PM

position the tripod with the north leg over the cw bar.. not what the manual says with the leg in the rear..

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 05:16 PM

The one thing about the CGE-Pro is that it is NOT unstable. Mine sits rock steady and I've actually done planetary imaging in 30mph winds. Now, the OTA caused the image to move around, but the tripod was really solid. At least that has been my observation having the scope for 1.5 years. With the C14, I do appreciate the height when observing near the zenith.

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Why does the Celestron CGE PRO line tripod look like it is top heavy,unstable and could topple over from a slight nudge? This was one of the factors that steered me away from Celestron and toward the new Meade LX850 line. The LX850 mount looks like it would take a hurricane to tip it over.



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 08:39 PM

You can buy one and have it shipped straight to Deep Space Products and have Ed check it all out and recommend/suggest improvements (hypertuning service) for it. Doesn't cost much and my understanding is that he can take what is already a very good mount and make it wonderful! My CGE-PRO was a beast. Very very stable and steady. Easily handled weight near its 90lb limit. When I had mine the ASPA feature was in its infancy. Now Celestron has it down pretty good. Also sometime in June/July Celestron is releasing their Starsense addon which will greatly improve aligment and pointing which will by relation improve the results of the ASPA.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:21 AM

I would agree that there is nothing unstable about it. If you hit it with a car it might topple over, but that's about it. Massively heavy and unwieldy it is. I now have an electric winch to lift the things out of the box and onto my bench.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:42 PM

Massively heavy and unwieldy it is. I now have an electric winch to lift the things out of the box and onto my bench.


Holy cow. :shocked:

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

Massively heavy and unwieldy it is. I now have an electric winch to lift the things out of the box and onto my bench.


Holy cow. :shocked:


After four shoulder surgeries, including two for torn bicep tendon last year, and then a torn elbow ligament a few months back, picking up that 90 pound monster out the box without assistance is simply not a good idea anymore. My orthopedist gets unhappy with me when I ruin his good work and my wife is tired of waiting at the hospital while I get cut on. :smirk:

They are not quite as bad when you get them out of the box, but lifting one up out of the foam in the box is a real bear. Piece of cake with the winch though. I got it to lift my 300 pound milling machine and figured that it would help with mounts as well.






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