“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
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Gaz in the Bay Area -Celestron C9.25 XLT -Hypertuned CGEM -Deforked Celestron C8 Celestar -CG5-GT Mount -A really annoyed wife Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Sunny(ish) California: ---------------------------------------------
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Quote:CG5-GT. $549. Those Vixens are costly and do not have motor drives. Those cost "extra". The CG5-GT is a much better deal IMO. As for GOTO versus star hopping, bear in mind that star hopping with an equatorial mount is a different kettle of fish than star hopping with and alt-az mount. The latter is 100% intuitive. The former is anything but intuitive. On a GEM, GOTO is a true convenience as a result. Besides, the CG5-GT has really, really good GOTO for a lot less than the non-GOTO mounts you mentioned.Good luck!- Jim
Meade LS8 ACF Meade 2" Diagonal Apetura 10" Tweakers Package Meade ETX-125, ETX-90 for Solar Celestron 80mm APO PST Meade SWA - 34mm,28mm,24mm,20mm Brandon 32mm, 16mm Vernonscope 40mm Erfle 2" ES 14mm,11mm,6.7mm 8.8 Nagler 13mm T6, Pan 19mm Meade 12.4 Pl,9.7mm, 15mm SP Meade 2x Shorty Barlow Powermate 2.5x WO Bino Viewer, 20mm 66* pair Denkmier 2 Super System Meade Nebula Filters Meade 9x60 Bino Vivitar S1 8x42 Bino Canon T2i, 18-55mm, 50mm 1.8, 55-250mm
Celestron CG-5⁴, CGEM², C6-N, C6, C8, Nexstar 8SE, 6SE, ONYX 80 EDF, Orion ST 80 A Vixen R130SF w/Porta II mount William Optics ZS110 ED APO, FLT 132 Triplet APO, SV70 ED SV115T20 Wicháhpih'a
G11/Gemini-2/OPWB Canon 60D (unmodified) with 18/55mm kit lens and "nifty fifty" lens Assorted M42 screw mount lenses (28mm thru 300mm) Celestron 102GT refractor (Costco special) 8/10 inch astrograph someday. DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 StarTools 1.3 http://www.astrobin.com/users/StarGale/ http://everettastro.org/
Quote:A modern CG-4 would do the trick except that those old stepper motor drives are frustratingly slow
Quote:CG5-GT. $549. Those Vixens are costly and do not have motor drives. - Jim
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
10" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
Quote:Quote:CG5-GT. $549. Those Vixens are costly and do not have motor drives. - Jim I dont know about that. I bought This Vixen with a 4" refractor (Bosna) for only $350 and both were pretty much mint. I think you would be hard pressed to find one for sale that is over $300 by itself.
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SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90 RAPTOR MOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVX CAMERAS: Canon 60D;Lodestar EYEPIECES:31T5;D14;D8;P20;P25;P32;TMB9 The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
Quote:OK, good to know. Not to fight anyone, but I have one more question prompted by a discussion I had last night: why not the Losmandy GM-8? I have a G-11 currently and love it but it's not portable enough. Has anyone had any experience with a GM-8 vs. a CG-5? They are about the same weight with counterweights+tripod.
George You know you're getting on when the equipment you farmed with is showing up as suburban lawn ornaments.
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Quote:The problem I find for extreme portability with the CG-4 legs is that you need to remove the eyepiece holder/leg spreader to move it through doorways easily.
Orion ED80 - AT Voyager with TNT,pier ext.,Vixon steel tray and Manny's mod.
Omni 120 cg4 with Orion pier ext. and RA drive, Binotron-27 (25mm & 17mm Sterlings)
Orion XT10(Original F/5) SkyStopper Equatorial Platform
Jason Constellation Model 311(Modified with 1.25"Crawford Machine focuser & rings)
Quote: Quote:The problem I find for extreme portability with the CG-4 legs is that you need to remove the eyepiece holder/leg spreader to move it through doorways easily. Thats what I thought until I finally realized that all I had to do was loosen the tray and twist it to the side so that the legs can fold in such that there is no longer a problem going through doorways.Eric
Quote:All really cool advice...I went through and counted up the "endorsements." 5 for the Celestron CG-5, 2 for the Vixen, and 2 for the Losmandy GM-8. I think I'm going to try the CG5; maybe someday I will get a Losmandy to replace it, but thanks for all your help everyone!
MOUNTS: Celestron CGE, Celestron AVX SCOPES: WO GTF 81 with Moonlite CF focuser & DRO Controller; AT65EDQ with Moonlite CF Focuser and Mini- controller; GUIDING: Orion mini guidescope with SSAG,Orion mini guidescope with ASI120MM CAMERAS:EOS T3i, Atik 383L+ Mono,QHY8L FILTER WHEEL & FILTERS:Atik EFW2, Baader 36mm LRGB and NB ACCESSORIES: Mount Hub Pro V3 EYEPIECES: ES 82 24mm; ES 100 9mm, 14mm SOFTWARE: Sequence Generator Pro, Nebulosity 3 PixInsight
TV Genesis (non-sdf) TV NP127is Clave 6, Pentax XW 7, Vixen LVW 13, Panoptic 27 2x TeleXtender, 2.5x Powermate LXD75 AutoStar