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#1 jloweva

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 01:00 PM

Hi folks:

I have an AP Traveler, which I love, and just purchased a C11 XLT (and added the .63 focal reducer), which has its limitations compared to the Traveler, but obviously gives me access to way more deep sky objects than a 4" refractor ever could.

I am now thinking about pairing them on the same mount to get the best of both worlds, and am interested in opinions on mounting solutions.

Currently, I have the C11 on CG5-GT on a Scopebuggy and typically use the Traveler with a DM-4 on a Manfrotto 475. I know the CG5 isn't the fanciest mount in the world, but I have to say I love the ease of use of the Celestron system. It takes me 5-10 minutes tops to do a 2+2 alignment. That being said, though stable with the C11, it is clearly at its limit and I couldn't possibly add the Traveler to it.

I have zero interest in astrophotgraphy.

I'm thinking about going with a CGEM DX over a Losmandy G11. My plan would be to leave the entire setup on the Scopebuggy (maybe just taking the Traveler off and on as needed).

I'd appreciate this community's thoughts.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 01:22 PM

Well I run a CGEM with a C11 Edge and it runs great for visual. You could get an ADM dual saddle and run both... how much does the Traveler weigh?

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 01:30 PM

About 13 pounds with diagonal and eyepiece.

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:23 PM

So, a C11 being around 30lbs and another 13lbs for the Traveler and you're at the limit for the CGEM, but the CGEM DX should handle it just fine. :)

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:34 PM

I appreciate what you are trying to accomplish, but thoroughly think it through. I had the same plan, to mount up my C11 and AP130GT together to compliment each other. Bought a Mach 1 with Eagle pier, ADM dual saddle plates and the additional cw's. Put it together on the mount and...NEVER ran it! It is just too much glass, mirror, mount, counterweight, etc. to put together everytime I would observe. It is not practical. Getting the balance right is trickier than you image it to be as well. Now, if I had or if you have an observatory where it is permanantly set up, go for it. But if you intend to setup and breakdown each time, I think you will find, as I did, the dual setup isn't practical in this size range. Maybe a C9.25 with a TV85 or even smaller still. My :penny: :penny: Good luck. ;)

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 06:01 PM

Thanks for the tip.






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