Celestrons adv vx mount
Posted 28 June 2013 - 03:48 PM
Posted 28 June 2013 - 04:16 PM
Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:07 PM
The single arm of the 5se was a little weak and I often felt a heavy eyepiece, like a baader zoom was somewhat pushing the limits of the mount. If a kid would touch it, they would almost always pull it out of alignment. it was pretty shaky when focusing and in the wind. If you slapped a focal reducer on it, along with the visual back and diagonal, I could bottom it out at zenith.
The VX is a nice mount, but it takes me much longer to set it up. Polar aligning isn't difficult, but it takes longer, and it means probably being on your knees at the beginning on the night. The refractor puts me in all sorts of positions. A SCT on a eq mount would probably keep you more comfortable but I think you'd might still have some odd positions while viewing. And the handset is always in the wrong place. if I'm viewing and my back is to the north, my handset it always on the sw or se leg.
I don't do imaging, but I might try to dabble in it at some point. So it's kind of nice to have an EQ mount.
The most comfortable scope for imaging is (in my opinion) the dual fork design of the CPC. The dual arms support any eyepiece weight I throw at it, though I have had to add front weight after I bought my binoviewers. The positions I sit in are always somewhere between 2 very set positions, all which are very comfortable. (the VX I've went from standing on a stool trying to see Jupiter, to sitting completely on the ground when looking near zenith...on the same night).
so if your just doing visual, my personal preference is a fork mounted ota. if you want to dabble in imaging the vx would probably be ok, but you might outgrow that once you start slapping imaging gear on there.
my 2 cents. Good luck.
Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:13 PM
Posted 28 June 2013 - 05:25 PM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:08 AM
All is well now. I am still learning to do an alignment with all the tress in my yard.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 01:22 PM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 01:52 PM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 06:54 PM
Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:33 AM
Apart from the hand set errors on early retail sales on afew which Celestron dealt with quickly from reading forum posts of VX users who had the error problem.
One thing I would have happily paid an extra £200 pounds on top of the £800 retail price here in UK for the VX mount would have been bearings on the DEC axis.(Maybe on an updated VX mount hint hint Celestron).
Also one minor last gripe a bigger LCD screen on the handset would be nice like the Ioptron handset LCD screens which have a polar align routine which you can see & follow on the handset LCD screen would be a real nice upgrade, maybe Celestron can make an upgrade handset which they can sell separate??
Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:05 AM
Posted 02 July 2013 - 06:50 PM
Is this mount available. Can you buy just the mount. I need one for my late 70,s Orange C8.
Posted 03 July 2013 - 04:40 AM
I don't see why comfort matters for imaging. The camera doesn't need to worry about contortions to get into the right place. A snag with the fork mounts is that the space between the back of the scope and the base of the mount is limited and you can end up not being able to get the camera to high declinations.
Posted 03 July 2013 - 06:37 PM
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