“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:Yikes! Two out of three posters with (presumably) new CGEs at Celestron for warranty repairs. Makes me want to first light mine even more.
At RTMC this year the guys from Celestron were very reluctant to even mention the CGE "classic" as one salesman called it.
Tim Gilliland http://astrobin.com/users/Timgilliland/
17.5" f/5 Dob. IM-715 MCT. 120ED. Lunt 60mm Ha. Zeiss, Leica, Fujinon, Nikon, Pentax, Bushnell bins
Quote:Guy's it's mid-June in Calfornia and the weather is lousy!
Quote:*sobbing*Guy's it's mid-June in Calfornia and the weather is lousy!I have still not first-lighted the CGE. Very, very distressing...I may have to plan an impromptu road trip to the desert if things don't change here.Regards,Jim
SteveC TEC 140 Intes Micro 715 deluxe TEC 110 SolarMax 40 Losmandy G-11 w/Gemini, CGEM, Vixen Skypod TEC EP Turret, AP Maxbright, Denk P/S Diagonal, Denk II B/V, EarthWin P/S Slide TMB Supermonos, ZAO IIs, Zeiss Monocentrics, Naglers, 24mm Panoptics, 14mm Meade UWA, 5mm Pentax XO, 20mm ES100, and 2.9mm, 4.4mm, 5.9mm, 7.4mm Couture (ball)
Quote:LOL:-) Petaluma.. I grew up in Santa Rosa, I can feel ya. I'm In the high desert in Oregon these days but still, rain rain rain for the last few weeks.
Scout72 is my 1972 International Scout 4x4 Some Scopes, Some Binocs, and Some Mounts, and a much shorter signature
Quote:Okay, first light accomplished. I used a 2-star alignment and 3 calibration stars. The mount's GOTOs were excellent, putting objects near center of a half-degree field of view all evening long. Unfortunately the seeing was some of the worst we've had recently so no critical eyepiece testing was possible really.It's a very heavy mount and I would really tire of using it had I not purchased the Pelican rolling case and ADM knobs for it. Were I using a tooled set-up and the original box, the hassle factor in the form of long set-up, take-down and packing times would be too high for me.All in all, I would say that for ~$2700 the "Made in USA" CGE is a bargain for its capacity and savvy, user-friendly electronics.Regards,Jim
Money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes living with misery a lot easier!