Quote:I am considering purchasing either one as they are both cheap and about the same price. The CG5 apparently can hold 5 more pounds of weight than the LXD75. Can anyone attest to this being true and is this a significant enough difference to buy a CG5 over a LXD75? I already have a 497 AutoStar from an LX90, but would that be compatible with the LXD75? I am very familiar with how AutoStar functions, but is the Celestron hand paddle all too different? If you were in my shoes, which would you purchase, the CG5 or LXD75, to mount two 80mm refractos?
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Quote:Ok, I'd say that the LXD75 and the CG-5GT are a toss up, esp. since the Meade got the 2" legs.Each has a weakness or two, but in the end the dollar for dollar of these mounts are very hard to beat.I like SkyAlign
Quote:Thanks for the input on the noise here Trebor. I'm glad now I cancelled my CG-5 order; if it can wake your neighbors, then...
Quote:The Sirius EQ-G is really starting to look like a nice deal for me, as there are many showing up in classified ads and it seems to be much quieter than the other options. And noise is a definite issue for me. I was considering an Atlas as well, but the weight seems to be just way too much to handle on a nightly basis. Is the Sirius EQ really THAT heavy as you say, Zebra24601? It's weight appears to be only about 40lbs and I'm assuming some of that is counterweights that are removable.
Quote:my neighbor kindly turns her porch light off when she hears the 'grinder' starting up in my back yard... -proud Autostar junkie
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Quote: I was under the impression the CG-5 was more sturdy, and it was the LXD that had 1.75" legs. Has Meade upgraded and not updated their advertised specs or manual?
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