None of my kit is part of a two year pay to be part of beta test, that still isn't close to ending.
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!
Quote:Your going to enjoy the mount. I'm very happy with mine.Bottom of pier to top of saddle on mine is 31". Haven't tried a CGE counterweight but it looks the same I'll check for you later today.Phil
Quote:I don't know if it will throw up 900 numbers, even with PE enabled but the payload is right. If the +9/-9 is true I'm figuring PemPro should be able to get it down around +2/-2 or slightly better.
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: I'd hate to have to cut a 12" diameter concrete pier, drill and epoxy new pier bolts in place CS's
IF YOU COULD SEE FROM WHENCE YOU CAME YOU WOULD KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING TOO.
Quote:Not sure what time I'm leaving Sunday, but I'd be happy to help.
Quote:Just tested one of my Losmandy counterweights from a CI-700 and it fits the CGE Pro.Phil
Quote:Yeah... one point I'm NOT looking forward to is learning YET ANOTHER new handcontrol/protocol for goto, etc...I had just gotten to where I could do everything with the CGE from memory and by rote...Now I gotta learn Gemini... ah well, it'll make good bedtime reading over the next few weeks - LOL...Congrats, Bobby... it's one sweet looking mount. Kinda uber-Germanic/Teutonic "cool" in a Bauhaus kinda way...Seems to me it's pretty hard to go wrong in the $5K and up range... funny, that...clear enough skies
Quote:BTW, Phil...Just noticed you're "southern Tier"... whereabouts?My wife's from Corning, and my Father in law still lives in Elmira... we get there several times a year... I'm thinking next family visit there, I'm gonna hafta "hop out" and visit Cherry Springs, about an hour away...small worldclear enough skies
Quote: I think you'll get an "AMEN" from other Gemini users when I tell you to read the manual. If you follow the instructions, it is not a big learning curve, but if you try to do it like the typical male (instructions? we don't need no stinkin' instructions ), you'll be cursing everyone one of we MI250 owners for giving you bad advice.
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A-P 105 Traveler ~ TEC 140 ED ~ TEC 6 MCT
A-P Mach1 GTO ~ Losmandy GM-8 ~ TV Gibraltar
Quote:While I love the results - solid alignment and dead center Gotos - the interface is Spartan to say the least. It reminds me of my old VAX days. RTFM, Dude. Ron
Quote: FWIW - I absolutely HATED the Meade Autostar, so what does that make me, some kind of Luddite?
Quote: Quote: FWIW - I absolutely HATED the Meade Autostar, so what does that make me, some kind of Luddite? I have looked at many mount controllers. The Meade Autostar stands out as an overall winner in terms of functionality and features. If you did not like it, then most likely the Gemini controller is not for you either and you will hate it even more.
Quote:It's a matter pf personal opinion and comfort level
Quote: I just wished that Celestron would have taken the height into consideration.
Quote: Sure but there are some objective facts. Neither Gemini nor Nextstar controllers allow for uploading user objects like asteroids, satellites, comets, DSOs/stars, and land objects. Nexstar controller also can't go to Alt/Az coordinates.
Quote: The Gemini is not so much hard as not as intuitive as the CGE Pro HC. The Gemini does do the job well though if you put in the time to learn it. A couple brews might slow the learning curve.