VX / computerized EQ mount and power loss
Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:54 PM
One concern I've seen about many GoTo mounts is what happens when power is lost. Can the Celestron VX mount still be used manually without power?
Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:21 PM
If you have the luxury of mains electricity when you do your astro viewing, i.e. in your back garden with an extension lead for your lawnmower, then you can buy the mains adapter for it.
But otherwise, everyone should have a power tank.
Posted 27 April 2013 - 05:26 PM
(FYI most-if not all- computerized EQ mounts can only be operated with power, not manually)
Posted 27 April 2013 - 10:24 PM
Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:35 AM
Therefore, power loss is moot....
And, a very good reason to put a 5SE on a GEM is imaging. The 5SE ships with an Alt/Az "One Armed Bandit" mount which is very prone to field rotation. By putting the scope on a GEM, field rotation goes away....
Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:46 AM
Don't get me wrong, the Nexstar 5SE is a fantastic Goto, of which I still use, but for the moment I have moved the OTA onto the AVX mount until I buy the Edge HD 8 tube...
I started out with astronomy with the Nexstar 5SE thinking it wouldn't get into Astrophotography, and I just wanted to look at the stars... but as time went on, and seeing what gear my friends had, i just ended up wishing i bought an EQ mount instead... so last month i went ahead and bought one..
So I will eventually end up with 2 scopes, the AVX mount and hopefully the edge HD for photography.. and the Nexstar 5SE as the play-around goto while the other is taking photos
Posted 28 April 2013 - 10:53 AM
My advice is.. go for the AVX mount and a 6 inch tube or higher, you won't regret it. And later buy a Nexstar for your kids..