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#1 Jim W. Coleman

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:51 PM

I've been wanting a good mount and decided on the Celestron AVX as I'm just going to use it for my C6 SCT with guide scope and DSLR. Couldn't afford one, though.

But then I had an idea, so on August 24, I quit smoking after almost 30 years. I put my cigarette money in my Paypal account each week and in just a little over two months, I have $608 in there! By Friday of next week, I'll have $750 in there, which puts me in the ballpark!

Any comments or feedback from anyone who owns this mount is appreciated, or let me know if I should be looking at something else. But for the money, this seems to be the mount to get for my 6" or 8" SCTs. And by golly, I've worked hard for it. :jump:

#2 WesC

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:58 PM

I think what you are doing is fantastic! I applaud your efforts! :)

And FWIW, the AVX seems like a great little mount, especially for a 6 or 8 SCT.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:13 PM

Great effort Jim. Congratulations!

AVX is value for the money. I have one and extremeley happy with it.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:19 PM

Hi Jim: I don't have any experience with the AVX mount, but offer a big CONGRATULATIONS on your fortitude to stop smoking. It'll pay many dividends for your health.

Best,
Randy

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:26 PM

Just after I was born my Dad stopped smoking (D'oh) after having done it for around the same amount of time. The lungs are one of the few organs that can repair themselves over time. Congrats to you for quitting.

In the meantime, I have no experience with the AVX. I use the ZEQ25 which is worth a look.

#6 terry59

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 01:33 PM

Jim,

Congratulations! I know how difficult quitting is. It took a heart attack almost 4 years ago before I made it. Enjoy the mount.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:24 PM

I say start smoking again and forget the Mount , :scared: Just kidding :lol: , My Wife had a Heart attack because of Smoking , So we both quit at the same time , and YES the money we save on that , As time goes on you will start to smell things that you could not have smelled before , No Joke !wile driving I can tell if someone in a car in front of us is smoking ,Nasty ! We were not at all heavy Smokers , But now that I look back at it , We had to be NUTS to do that to our self's , :vomit: Good for you , and we mean that from the Heart :waytogo:

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:38 PM

Congrats to your health , what a great decision for you and your family. Plus you will end up getting some new astro toys.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:43 PM

Congratulations you are doing a fantastic thing!I quit 8 years ago and i got nothing than benefit both for the health and the pocket! :)

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:59 PM

Congratulations Jim!!

Sometimes that little incentive is what people need to help them quit. It's been some time since I too quit, but I remember it being a rather difficult thing to do. It took a nasty bout of pneumonia to put me over the edge to finally do it. If given a choice, I would have much preferred getting a new mount to the pneumonia.

One other benefit to be had here; you won't be out of breath when lugging the AVX out for a night of viewing/imaging :)

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 03:07 PM

Nice work quitting Jim!!!
I've had my new AVX for a month or so and have been very happy with it. Still saving up for my autoguiding setup, but finding it to provide a very reasonable % of usable images up to 120 sec. unguided. Do not regret going for the AVX one bit.
Keep it up!
Jim

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 03:12 PM

You've made a GREAT decision! I gave up my 20 year smoking habit in 1992, bought a mountain bike, and never looked back. It's the best thing I've ever done for myself. Whatever happens, do NOT give up! Every time you feel like lighting up just imagine that shiny new AVX sitting next to you. ;) You're doing the right thing.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 03:21 PM

Took this with mine last week, in below freezing temps. It's fine for visual with my C8 as well. You'll love how easy the AVX is to use. Enjoy in good health.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:30 PM

Good for you! You will LOVE that mount even more knowing what you have gone through to get it.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:33 PM

Awesome decision on your part! Posted Image I really hope you enjoy your mount and how much better you will feel using it after you have quit!

#16 WilRobinson

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:44 PM

That's how I got my first "new" boat 19 years ago, a 20 foot Sea Ray. Good job quiting, keep it up.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:27 PM

Took this with mine last week, in below freezing temps. It's fine for visual with my C8 as well. You'll love how easy the AVX is to use. Enjoy in good health.

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whats your imaging set up?

#18 Raginar

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:27 PM

Awesome!!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:15 PM

Congratulations Jim. It is an awesome decision that you have made: quitting smoking and the AVX. I quit 20 years ago and I ordered my AVX today. I am a pulmonologist by profession and more than some appreciate the hazards of cigarette smoking. It is hard to quit and harder than non-smokers can appreciate. So it is something that you can be immensely proud of.

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:24 PM

Congratulations, and well done Jim. The benefits go way beyond the money saved! Fox

#21 Per Frejvall

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:44 AM

Conclusion: even though astro-photography is truly damaging to your wallet, it can, at times, be beneficial to your health!

Good call!

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 08:53 AM

How much would one save if they quit drinking too. :question: Great job and good health to you. :jump:

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:26 AM

Congrats on quitting I'm over a year and a half without one and I used a similar technique to give me the endurance for the cravings.


Can you believe after all this time there are still certain circumstances that trigger the urge to smoke? Don't ever let your guard down as the battle gets a lot easier but it never truly ends.

Good luck with your mount.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:54 AM

I've been wanting a good mount and decided on the Celestron AVX as I'm just going to use it for my C6 SCT with guide scope and DSLR. Couldn't afford one, though.

But then I had an idea, so on August 24, I quit smoking after almost 30 years. I put my cigarette money in my Paypal account each week and in just a little over two months, I have $608 in there! By Friday of next week, I'll have $750 in there, which puts me in the ballpark!


Jim, That`s Excellent! Congrats.. :bow:
You`l find that this was one of the best decisions you ever made, everything from breathing to vision will benefit from it. And you`l have a really nice mount to enjoy.

#25 JimMo

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:22 PM

Way to go, Jim.

That's exactly how I got my first scope 14 years ago. I was very proud of that 8" LX200 knowing I would have just blown the money up in smoke.






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