New CGE Pro or a Losmandy Titan
Posted 07 May 2013 - 04:14 PM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:03 PM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 08:43 PM
Are you saying I am a fool?
My LX850 is wonderful and works fine. Very impressive optics also. Now I just need good weather.
And to add fly to your ointment - 10" LX200 22 years old going strong. 13+ year old ETX-125 going strong too. One should certainly consider the LX850.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:07 PM
It's not Meades scopes that have put a bad taste in my mouth it's their mounts.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:09 PM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:12 PM
A used AP900 would come in under $7000 (sometimes - with a CP2 controller). Not 100lb rated but it can probably carry 100lb (there's a guy on here who says a Mach1 can carry 100lb - for visual).
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:16 PM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:21 PM
I'm leaning towards the Titan, It's a very proven mount and I know it's a tank. I've read where Gemini is a little tricky but I downloaded the manual and it looks fairly easy.
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:38 PM
FWIW.. I know someone who has a Titan, but is planning to replace it with an 1100 or 1600 at some point (now that the 1200 is no longer available).
Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:59 PM
Posted 07 May 2013 - 10:27 PM
With all the horror stories about Losmandy mounts needing tweaking out the gate (even if new..) and the Titan isn't exactly chump change.
Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:14 AM
Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:29 PM
You should have listened to your momma.
I couldn't stand it for an extra $1500.00 I'm now on the AP1100 notification list. My wish was for the 1600 but that's where wifey drew the line. The Titan is out until October anyhow.
Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:27 PM
Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:40 AM
I don't have either one. I've only seen the CGE Pro.
I have had a G11 that started with the DDS & ended with a G2. It was a like, love, hate, love relationship. When I first got it I liked it, tuned it up & loved it, then as I upgraded it farther, I started to hate it. Once I got it retuned I loved it again.
I replaced it with a used HGM-200, the Titans older, bulkier, & chunkier, brother. If you can imagine an LXD-750, then put it beside the RCX400. That's the difference between the CGE Pro & the HGM. The CGE Pro is a bit bigger than the G11.
I've seen the Titan, it is actually a touch less massive than the HGM, & a lot sleeker. I think they did the milling on the RA to make into a cone, rather than a cylinder with a cone on the end for the CW. I would STRONGLY recommend putting on a permanent pier. It is HEAVY! #84 without CW! It does break down into 7 pieces, 3 legs, tripod head, DEC assembly, RA assembly, CW shaft. The heaviest pieces being the DEC & RA assemblies at ~#30 each. Putting the DEC on the Tripod isn't hard if you've leveled it first. It will slide into the tripod head and rotate until you can line up the 6 hex bolts. The problem comes in with the RA. The weight of the RA isn't really that bad, but putting it on the DEC shaft once the DEC is on the tripod is not something you want to do everyday. I'm 52 & 5'9" #150 lifting the DEC up & putting it onto the RA shaft is a workout because it is a very awkward lift & you have to slide it down the RA shaft while supporting its weight at the correct angle. The RA shaft is at a 90* angle to the Polar Axis.
This is NOT, NOT, NOT, a Grab-&-Go mount by any means. Grab-&-Go to the ER maybe.
It is a typical Losmandy mount, easy to service, easy to maintain, and can carry a load like nothing I've ever used. I've put the following on it without an issue: Meade 10"f4 SNT with rotating rings #28; Celestron C6R #21; Ioptron 90mmf3 #4; Coronado PST #7; a 24" dovetail, 3 saddle plates #6; Orion Deep Space Imager #2; & Imaging Source DMK3 #2; all at the same time ~#70 load. It didn't need to have the motor speed reduced to deal with the load.
I don't think a CGE Pro could do this without a hernia.
Did it have problems? Yes, when I bought it, it needed cleaned & regreased. One of the main RA bearings was rough & I called Losmandy. They had one in stock, so I bought an entire set, & had them make 2 Brass HP worms, with shipping it ran ~$150. I had some questions & called Losmandy , they put Russell & Scott on the line, both knew the mount & were able to explain how to disassemble, clean & regrease it over the phone & explain how the encoders worked including the pinouts so I could used a SkyCommander in tandem with it.
The Titans' have a rep of working well right out of the box, The G8, & G11 will need to be "tuned up". This process can be very, very frustrating, esp. considering the cost. None of them is chicken feed.
IMO the biggest single point of angst is the old style worm & getting it adjusted properly. The OPW is a vast improvement, & the HP worm, tames the G11, after it is adjusted in.
I didn't do much AP with mine, & have lost all of that from a recurring leak in my Dome before I went over to the HGM. I have a replacement dome being moved sometime in the next week or 2. NO more leaky dome & I get dome rotation.
I can tell you that the G11, & the HGM have given me stunning views in my class 9 skies.
Clear Dark Skies
Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:12 AM
... no GoTo without a PC though (or the future Temma handpad).
Actually, an ipod and a cable adds goto to Takahashi mounts. I use SkySafari and a serial-to-bluetooth adapter on my EM-10 for wireless goto with my Samsung tablet; a Samsung phone would work the same way. The expensive or non-existent goto Tak hand controller should not stop anyone from considering a Tak mount.