CPC mount to replace Nexstar 8 se mount?
Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:39 PM
I also want to add that I have the opportunity to purchase a Nexstar8 GPS fork mount for $495.00 plus shipping and was wondering if you think it would be worth it,if in good condition.
Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:25 PM
Seems like you should be able to get a good start on imaging just by piggybacking your camera on your existing scope and mount in EQ mode.
Posted 15 July 2013 - 01:32 PM
Posted 16 July 2013 - 02:59 AM
If it was me, dollar for dollar, With AP in the mix, I would go for another CG5. I simply love mine and would be a straight swap.
Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:41 AM
The CPC is a double arm fork mount with the OTA permanently mounted.
If you are thinking of buying a mount where someone has removed the OTA then you may have a challenge.
First you don't know what is left.
Second, and critically, the mount relies on the OTA being mounted orthogonally to the Dec axis. If you don't get this right then the scope will never do slews accurately. You are looking at getting this correct to within a few arc minutes.
Posted 17 July 2013 - 11:34 AM
Okay you say you don't understand the talk of replacing the ota's on the CPC?
I would like to have a more stable mount and am thinking about the CPC or the Nexstar GPS mount since they are double fork arm mounts.
I was thinking that there may be a number of them out there where individuals switched to equatorial mounts and would give me a chance to purchase one for a reasonable price.
You say permanently mounted?
Permanent to me means you cannot remove.
Why would I have a challenge?
Why do you say "you don't know what is left"? Please explain.
I am aware that the scope needs to be aligned in the mount so as to track properly. This does not to me seem to be problematic.
Have you made an attempt at doing this? I would like to know if you have as this is why I have asked if it can be accomplished. I have changed out/upgraded fork arm mounts with other scopes and have been successful so do not think it would be hard to do again. Was hopeful that I might find someone here that has done this with the Nexstar 8SE to the CPC or the Nexstar GPS. Thanks
Posted 18 July 2013 - 09:26 PM
Posted 19 July 2013 - 09:45 AM
I am now considering a Meade LXD-75 Mount.So I guess I should go to the mount forum and look for info/help there. Thank You all very much.
Posted 19 July 2013 - 10:42 AM
Since you are somewhat used to the NexStar firmware I would suggest taking a good look at the AVX vs. that LXD mount. The LXDs also seem to have had some really nasty QA issues over the past few years (from comments in the Meade "The Plot Thickens ... " thread).
Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:15 AM