Apertura 10" Dob Parracor, round table platform
TMB/APM 115 LZOS APO w/ silver CNC
Astro Tech 72ED
on CGE PRO
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | QHY5L-II | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8 WO 66mm APO 80mm f/7 refractor Sears 60mm refractor 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
Nine telescopes of a diverse nature. My Web Site Cosmic Cat: a children's book about astronomy for iPad. English Lessons for Amateur Astronomers
LX850 blog: www.LX-850.com
personal website: www.wadsworthobservatory.com
History is made at night, character is what you are in the dark.
Astrophoto: Intes Micro ALTER-M606 (6" f/6 MCT), Astrotech AT6RC (6" f/9 RC), 2x Tair-3 lenses (300mm f/4.5)
Visual: Celestron 8 SCT ('77 Orange Tube, 8" f/10), Selsi #247 Refractor (aka Towa #339, 80mm f/15), Tasco 11TE-5 Newtonian (4.5" f/7.9), Galileoscope (50mm f/10)
Mounts: Celestron CI-700, iOptron ZEQ25GT, Celestron CG5-ASGT, plus a couple old EQ2s My Astrophotography Site: http://ap.x-wing.ca/
Quote:Since I have no experience with imaging, and I'm kind of a noob overall, is $329 for the guide scope add on a good deal? It seems like it might be, if it works.
Clear skies - Jim Crazy PNW imager !
A-P Mach1 on 12" concrete pier - ROR structure.
Tak FSQ85-EDX, Tak FS-128. Orion 8" f/3.9 w/MoonLite motorized - MPCC MkIII CCD:
SBIG 8300M/FW8, Astrodon 36mm LRGB, 5nm Ha, 3nm SII, OIII - Canon EOS 6D unmod SSI3, SSAG,
Skytools3pro, MaxImDLpro, PSCS5, PSPpro, TheSkyX, TheSky6, BYE, StarTools
Orion XX14g -for visual- diags, ep's, accy tubes, Binocs .
Quote:BTW - regarding levelling. I agree that for visual use no need to worry, just set it up and go, the go-to calibration Knows. For *imaging* with long exposure though a quick levelling of the top of the tripod (especially east/west) before putting the mount head on does the trick. I have a 6" bullet level packed with my astro-gear for that. (this works with my lowly CG5 so I assume the AVX will do fine that way too )
http://www.faintfuzzy.net Stuff C14, C8, Orion XX14i, Meade 8" ACF, AT6RC, AT102ED, Orion ED80, PST, AP1600GTO, CGE, CG5, ST10-XME/CFW8, QHY8PRO, Optec TCF-s, Microtouch Focuser, Pyxis LE, Hyperstar for C8.
Quote:Y'all's thoughts on the good, old CG5's replacement?
Joe (quote)"That does it! Next Big Bang, someone has got to rethink this gettin' old business!" Joe Daugert -------------------------------------------------- >>>>>>>>>>>> ISTAR Scope Club <<<<<<<<<<<<
Quote:Quote:Y'all's thoughts on the good, old CG5's replacement? The ergonomics look nice. Just don't like improvements being made for imagers that visual only folks are gonna have to pay extra for. Not a huge price increase, but still....
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
2001 C8 SCT AVX mount AT72ED T2i.. DSI Pro II 7X50 tasco LE binos 100-400mm IS F5.6 L series ONE GREAT WIFE.
Quote:Currently $300 price difference between Hypertuned CG-5 here on CN vs new VX mount. Is the VX worth the added cost for imaging 80mm refractor? I ask a little late, as I just bought the CG-5, but appreciate views and comments.
Ed Thomas Deep Space Products www.deepspaceproducts.com
Quote: im going to be imaging with my AT72ED and either the Meade DSI Pro2 or my 20D.time will tell.gonna try runs unguided..short at first 15-30-45-60..secondsthen go until trailing is very evident.60-120-180 sec that should do it..same object.Mitch44
Quote:Just don't like improvements being made for imagers that visual only folks are gonna have to pay extra for.
Quote:Quote:Currently $300 price difference between Hypertuned CG-5 here on CN vs new VX mount. Is the VX worth the added cost for imaging 80mm refractor? I ask a little late, as I just bought the CG-5, but appreciate views and comments. The VX is 799. You're saying a new CG5 is 499? Haven't seen that.
Takahashi TSA-120 APO Refractor Lunt 60mm PT Ha Celestron Edge 800 & Edge 1100 SCT's Explore Scientific David Levy Comet Hunter Celestron AVX CGEM Mount's Televue Ethos 100* 21mm, 17mm, 13mm, 10mm and 6mm EP's Explore Scientific 82* 4.7mm EP Canon Rebel T3i DSLR SBIG STF-8300M, FW5-8300, OAG-8300, ST-Ic guide & planetary camera
Quote:It is very realistic because it is true. Wise up to where prices really are.