Quote:My mount head (CGEM) in back at Celestron & I need something to hold my OTA in the air. Ideally that something would bolt onto my tripod and OTA and replace the missing mount head. It dosen't need to 'Goto' or even have any intellegence, just be mechanically there and movable. Does such a thing exist ? What's it called ?
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JIM - 15x70-Ultra~TV-85/SM-60~MN-66~ Unistar Deluxe~Unimount Light~DM-6/Planet tripod
Quote: I take it that the CGEM dove tail mount is a standard then ?
Quote: Quote: I take it that the CGEM dove tail mount is a standard then ? Yes, CGEM uses a Celestron CGE-style or Losmandy D-plate dovetail bar. I don't know of another equatorial head that would be compatible with a CGEM tripod other than another CGEM head.
17.5" f/5 Dob. IM-715 MCT. 120ED. Lunt 60mm Ha. Zeiss, Leica, Fujinon, Nikon, Pentax, Bushnell bins
Quote:Such a thing is called the Losmandy G11 with Stepper motors. You buy it, use it, sell it when your repair comes back.Or you buy it, use it, and sell the CGEM when it comes back.You can pick up a used G11 with steppers for $1700. You can convert it to Gemini at some later point, or you can buy it with Gemini used or new. On the used market, the G11 will sell for what you paid for it used, so this amounts to an almost-free rental. Greg N