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Celestron CG-5 and Sky-Watcher EQ5
August 1, 2008 3:29 PM
I though that the above two mounts are the same, but I have discovered that the non GOTO CG-5 comes with a bigger steal tripod that the EQ5. Will the EQ5 with the smaller steal tripod be sufficient for mounting a C8 SC OTA?
August 1, 2008 4:22 PM
CG5 is beefier than the EQ5 and the tripod has 2" diameter stainless steel legs making it very stable. In the US, price for the go-to version is only $525 at
17.5" f/5 Dob. IM-715 MCT. 120ED. Lunt 60mm Ha. Zeiss, Leica, Fujinon, Nikon, Pentax, Bushnell bins
August 1, 2008 5:41 PM
The GOTO CG-5 is still very expensive in Europe. This is why I am thinking about the non GOTO EQ5. But I have not realized till now that they don't use the same tripod.
August 2, 2008 11:50 AM
How can this mount cost just $525, i have seen this mount almost every where with other price, like $650.
August 2, 2008 3:07 PM
The cheapest shop new CG5-GT I've seen in the UK is Â£425 thats $850! It's no wonder manufacturers refer to our island as Treasure Island!
Hioptic 152mm f12.5 Maksutov
, CG5-AGT, Meade Super Plossl Set, Casio QV-2900UX
August 3, 2008 12:01 AM
Haha That is true.
But really, what is the real avarage cost of this mount.
August 3, 2008 7:58 AM
Since CG-5 is not an option, will the EQ5 with the smaller tripod be sufficient for mounting a C8 SC OTA? Also, will the motor drives for the CG-5 or the SkyView Pro work on the EQ5 with no modifications?
March 22, 2009 3:16 PM
The CG5 looks almost exactly like my Skyview Pro mount. I am not a fan of that mount. I have had 2 faulty motors on it, and I still need to send back in this motor for a replacement.
Just to ask. Is it normal for the motor to have like a crunching sound and hang for like 1 -2 seconds before it starts moving? I believe it is called the declination motor. It is the one that turns the telescope left and right. I didn't use to have the problem in the first 3 months of owning the scope.
I will post a video shortly of what I mean as it is hard to explain.
I may just buy the scope and some accessories and just take my current mount to school. I could probably just breakdown the mount and stow it in my car. I really like the WO 66 I am really excited about it.
Just as a side question could I split double stars with that small of a scope? I heard you can't really do it with a newt because of the obstruction.
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