David M. Douglass - Tempe, Arizona - http://www.az-dahut.net/
NSN Channel: BigAppleSkies
CPC 1100 with HD Pro Wedge with ETX-70 Finder Celestar C8, C80ED and PST Istar 150 Anistigmatic R30 on CGEM Jason 313 from 1975! Mallincam Extreme & Mallincam SSIc & Mallincam Micro DSI Pro, Orion SSAG, GPUSB, Nautilus Filterwheel JMI, Celestron and Orion MotoFocus, FCUSB1&2 Hyperion 5,13, ES 18, 30, OR 18, 25 TV 2.5x Powermate, WO Binoviewer with pairs: TV 7 Naglers, WO 20 and RKE 28
My equipment: AT8IN AT6RC AT72ED CGEM-DX GARY HONIS BAADER MODIFIED CANON T3i ORION AUTOGUIDER AT50gs ORION TOAG ASTROTECH COMA CORRECTOR ASTROTECH FIELD FLATNER LOTS OF EYEPIECES AND FILTERS http://www.astrobin.com/users/Stargazer78/ IF YOU DON'T STAND FOR SOMETHING....YOU WILL FALL FOR ANY THING
Quote:I suspect celestron will be unveiling a newer CGEM/DX that uses the motor technology of the VX soon. That newer mount probably does not have the 8/3 or cogging risks.
Quote:If I were the OP and I had $1500 or so to spend, I'd sit and wait for a used CGE to pop up. Made in the USA, Pittman Lo-Cog motors, same software as the CGEM, etc. etc. It is everything the CGEM and CGEM DX are not.
Coordinator, Fox Park Observatory
A 50mm Edu-Science refractor started it all...Thanks Mom and Dad!
Celestron CGEM; Various OTA's Various eyepieces; Modified Canon XS; Orion SSAG
My Astrophotos on Flickr
Quote:Yes, it was the CI-700 I believe.
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Quote:Losmandy made the original G-11 for Celestron.
Quote:CGEM vs. CGEM DX is really a matter of cost and basically $500 when all is said and one, whether you buy new or used... What do you get for the extra $. Basically a better tripod, beefier counterweight bar and i suppose it's debatable if the motor control,board is better in th CGEM DX or not...For a 9.25" the difference between CGEM or DX is probabl not worth $500... A 11" probably give the edge to the DX, I think 70% I would go with DX with 11"... A 8" is probably 70% better value on the plain CGEM and your 9.25" is more like 50/50 in terms of value proposition to the DX...If you are planning to really upgrade in 3-5 yrs to an AP or Paramount, then I would say just get the CGEM and with resale value you probably do on... If on the other hand this next mount is close to your final mount purchase, then I would get the DX. If you plan to guide, then the CGEM + DX are mostly comparable up to 2 mins... Given the savings I would say go for he CGEM ... I chose the CGEM because I bot it at NEAF, got a great deal and best of all saved enough,to buy more gear... I use it with my 8" and C80ED piggybacked...Al
Eric Old Chinese saying: Be very careful what you wish for You may get it.
Quote:If you are looking for any long intigration doing astrovideo unguided,
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