scopes, cameras, mounts & time enough at last
Clear skies.....David AT111EDT G-11, Gemini ST2000XCM
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Quote:G11 hands down with the gemini goto better gears, better tripod and a proven performer
Quote:Hey Mark, how well does the CGE handle the C11? Do you use it for AP and Visual?
“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
14.5" Starmaster with ServoCat and Argo Navis 1966 Unitron 4" Model 152 EQ Tec 140 TV NP101 f/5.4 APO Telvue .8 Focal Reducer FLI ML8300 and CFW-2-7 filter wheel Astrodon Gen2 RGBL 2" filters Baader 2" Narrow Band Filters Borg 50mm Guide Scope/ATIK Titan Guide Camera AstroPhysics AP900 Losmandy GM-8 Gemini
Quote:I also went through this and I bought the G-11 Gemini. Good choice Blueman I have used my g11 since 1994 when it was know as the cg11 built for celestron by losmandy and couldn't be happier. The mount has performed extremely well and the only thing I did to it was order the gemini upgrade about 4 years ago!kbastro
Quote:...You can get the parts and replace them yourself when it is out of warranty...
Quote:Upgrades to the mount design can be retrofitted simply by buying the new parts and replacing the old ones, so there's no reason at all for a G-11 of any age to not be 100% up to current design specs
None of my kit is part of a two year pay to be part of beta test, that still isn't close to ending.
Quote:Quote:Upgrades to the mount design can be retrofitted simply by buying the new parts and replacing the old ones, so there's no reason at all for a G-11 of any age to not be 100% up to current design specs Agreed on the mount it's the Gemini system that's outdated. Updates via EPROM are very 80's. It's the one area that would stop me getting a G11. A new version that was user upgradable like even the cheapest goto mount now adays might have made me consider a G11 or Titan. It seems to indicate user upgradability on the electronics is the opposite of the mount even if it is capable.Phil
Quote:replacing the eproms is VERY easy to do, I just did this with my Vixen Skysensor 2000 PC and it really is simple plug and play.....sorry I cant view that as a drawback.
Quote:Quote:replacing the eproms is VERY easy to do, I just did this with my Vixen Skysensor 2000 PC and it really is simple plug and play.....sorry I cant view that as a drawback.I'm a EE and for a consumer product to require EPROMs with the current state of technology is very primative. Also each time you open up and mess with the board you are introducing the possibility of ESD damage. Sorry but that's the reason I went with the CGE Pro over the Titan. The Gemini would be like going back to DOS in a GUI era.Phil
Quote:Flip a coin.. Call heads, and take the one you THINK you will like best. And my bet is that after you get it, you will say "Yes, I made the right choice, and anyone that buys the "Other" kind is missing out!"
Quote:I prefer the Tripod on the Celestron in some ways..
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:Having to send in a mount to the manufacturer and being without a mount for three months was a major eye openner. That's why I opted for the G11 over the CGE. I'm not the least bit concerned about my ability to replace parts on the G11.I thought there would be an AP mount in my future, but I'm not sure about their ability to track and locate well without polar alignment before every use. I won't have my scope set up on a permanent pier and I'll have to wheel the mount around to access various parts of the sky.