Celestron CGEMDX or Losmandy G 11
Posted 26 May 2013 - 11:20 AM
Posted 26 May 2013 - 02:47 PM
Posted 26 May 2013 - 06:04 PM
Posted 27 May 2013 - 12:56 PM
It depends on your tolerance if you will find it sufficient. I believe either could work but neither will be good if you have wind and there will be shakes focusing (I would expect).
I have both and both are sitting on Losmandy HD tripods. The G11 is the more stable of the two. This is with the 6" F10, so that's close to 3' shorter. And to give you an idea, I find the G11 carries the C14 pretty much the same as the 6" F10, yet is more than 20 lbs heavier. The issue isn't the weight, but where the weight is.
The other issue is that the longer tube means you will need a pier extension as well, or just go with a pier on it's own like the Astro-Physics.
Posted 27 May 2013 - 02:14 PM
I owned a CGEM DX and a G11 gemini 2. And I prefered the CGEM DX. It's not as critical when it comes to balance and it has the same tripod as the CGE PRO. The G11 is critical when it comes to balance and I didn't like building East and West models each night with the Gemini 2. I ended up giving up both mounts for a used CGE. Its very stable and has no problem with the weight. And balance is not as critical. I found one that was like new and I am very happy with it. I consider it a step above the other two mounts. Otherwise you might want to look at higher grade mounts like the CGE Pro or an AP mount.
Posted 27 May 2013 - 05:38 PM
But every mount has 'quirks', say for the REAL mounts like the AP/Tak/SB/ASA/etc mounts..
A 6" F/15 is quite a scope...I would not look at anything under a CGE/G11..just IMHO