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#1 optimumw

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 10:46 AM

hi...as the title says...i am in very limited budget...how its going to be the vixen with this mount? lets say for visual observation first and then maybe for some astrophotography? is it going to track well according from your experiences?? thanks

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:04 AM

My CG-5s GoTo and tracking performance is great. I have run them with as much as 32 lbs with good results. They rival my CGEMs for performance and are much more portable. There are times when the CGEMs are better and preferred, but for the most part I'll take a CG-5 first.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:14 AM

so...actually you recommend this mount right? i would go for heq-5 pro from skywatcher but i cannot afford it...

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:14 AM

Hi,

I have this telescope and have used it with a GP-DX. that's a comaprable setup to yours. Visual use won't be the lightest problem.

regarding phoography: lunar and plantary imaging shouldn't be a problem.

deep sky imaging is doable though it won't be by any means ideal. If you have the focal reducer I'd urge you to use it to bring down he focal lenth to 1300mm instead of the standard 1800mm.

Bottom line:

OK for visal and lunar/plantery imaging
just doable, but no preferable for deep sky photography.

Kind regards,

Wouter.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:01 PM

so for acceptable tracking results in astrophotography for deep space i must go to heq 5 pro at least...

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:20 PM

If you are on a budget and cannot afford an heq 5 then get the cg5, once you learn how it operates it is fine. I have owned one for a year and I am still learning new ways to get better performance from this mount. You really have to know the capabilities of the mount first.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 01:20 PM

make sure you get a nexstar + controller btw.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:31 PM

Hi,

What calpsob says is true. If you know your equipment very well that can do a whole lot. On the other hand, the advice I (and not I alone) give to beginning astrophotographers is to buy the very best mount you can reasonably afford. If an HEQ5 pro is within your budget if you juste save a month or so longer than i'd advice you to do so. If however it's simply hurting you to buy more expensive equipment then please don't hurt yourself. Just learn to work around the limitations of your equipment. But above all make sure you have fun :)

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 03:52 PM

my main concern is if it tracks well...i estimate making the lightest set up possible in order to help it more...the vixen is about 7 kilos and lets say 3 kilos more max...i hope it will be fine...and something else...anybody knows how to collimate the vixen right? the easiest possible way? some tips? is any possibility to ever collimate 100%

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:02 PM

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#11 jimbo728

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:41 PM

I agree that the ASGT CG 5 is very capable and fully featured that is usable for DSO imaging. Finding a new one may be tricky and if you do be sure to upgrade the Nexstar+ HC. I had bootloader errors until I upgraded using CFM.
Love mine!

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 08:46 PM

The ASGT CG5`s tracking is great when polar aligned. Im using a C9.25,C8 and C102 with no complaints.






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