C8HD CG5 EQ
17.5" f/5 Dob. IM-715 MCT. 120ED. Lunt 60mm Ha. Zeiss, Leica, Fujinon, Nikon, Pentax, Bushnell bins
Quote:CG-5 is a great deal right now and is IMHO a little nicer than the EQ-5 which is essentially the same mount but has a few small differences and a different hand controller. You might also want to take a look at the HEQ-5 (Orion Sirius) which can be had for $850 if you're willing to use EQMod or slightly over $1000 if you want a hand controller. HEQ-5 is slightly more burly than the CG-5, has lower tracking error and PEC. I don't think any of the other under $1k mounts (CG-5, EQ-5, LXD-75) have PEC. As for what to look for in astro photography: capacity (IMHO there's no such thing as overmounting), tracking smoothness, PEC, hand controller if applicable, auto guider port. Most common apps (ex: The Sky, Starry Night) work with all the mounts under discussion and all these run on 12 V.
Quote:There is another option. You say the sirius comes in at 875, for the non goto, and that would be in us dollars. The skywatcher HEQ5-Pro is basically the same mount, painted white, and lists in canada for $1049 canadian, complete with the goto controller. At current exchange rates, that's about $850us. Another difference between the skywatcher and orion mounts I believe, is the counterweights. If memory serves correctly, the orion variant of the mount comes with a single counterweight. Our HEQ5-Pro came with two counterweights. Link Your original post suggests the budget of $1000. After you do currency exchange on the list price in that link, the balance between the list price and your $1000 budget should more than cover the shipping. A much more cost effective way to the 'full meal deal'.I can attest to the differences between the cg5 and the heq5 pro. We've got both the heq5-pro and the eq6-pro, and have had them set up amongst various cg5 type mounts at star party events. They are truely in a different class all around.
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.