Dave Celestron C102 4" achromat, Antares 1529 6" achromat, CGEM mount, Eyepieces: Proxima 31, Televue 20 Plossl, Celestron Ultima 12.5 & 7.5, TMB 5 & 4
Author of "What's Up" articles for CN Author "Touching the Universe" iUniverse Author "Deep Sky Observing" Springer Author "Nebulae and How to Observe Them" Springer 8" Celestron SCT and Vixen ED 80 on a CGEM Canon T2i camera and lenses for piggybacking
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Quote:Achronut;Welcome to Cloudy Nights, glad to have you here.I replaced the handles on my CGEM because the stock ones are too slippery for me. I like the new handles much better, the machined aluminum is much easier to handle. I have had no trouble with my CGEM. Once I got it up and working it has performed very well.Clear skies;Steve Coe
Quote:I've got the 22 inch CW shaft from Criterion Machine and have found it to be a great purchase. I carry about 32 pounds of hardware on my CGEM and the extra length allows far more flexability. I've seen no disadvantages. I was concerned about bending or torquing but that has not been a problem.
David Member of International Dark-Sky Association
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Quote:Hi everyone. This is my first post. I'm basically doing visual using my XT10i and seriously thinking of going equatorial with a SV115EDT and later AP. I've been reading good reviews so far with the CGEM except for a few remarks regarding the hand control. At $1400 it fits my bill. My questions are :1. Are the CGEM knob upgrades by ADM worth it? Do the stock knobs have some kind of 'flaw' that requires them to be upgraded?2. Has anyone tried the 22" long counterweight shaft? It may be an option to just move the 17lb counterweight instead of using additional weights to balance heavier loads. What is the disadvantage of using a longer shaft? 3. It is my knowledge that the CGEM is vixen style. Can the vixen-style stock saddle of the CGEM be removed? Is there any vendor selling a losmandy-style saddle that directly replaces the CGEM vixen-style saddle (if it is removable at all) instead of ADM's vixen-to-losmandy saddle that uses an adapter. I'm thinking of saving a little weight and a shorter moment arm of one that directly replaces the stock saddle.Clear skies to you.
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