Greenfield, Indiana USA
Deforked 1979 Orange C8, WO 66mm APO, 80mm f/7 refractor, Sears 60mm refractor, 80mm Orion short tube
Meade LX80 IOptron zEQ25
4.5", 6", and 10" Newtonian astrographs.
2 ST80s; ED80; 3 CCD cameras; 5 EQ mounts: all polished, tuned, and modified.
The rule of telescope features: aperture; equatorial tracking; or low cost. Pick any two.
APM/TMB 115/805 APO Celestron ED-80 Celestron 9.25
CG-5 Vixen Porta II
Naglers: 17T4, 13T6, 3-6 zoom UWANs: 28mm, 7mm Pentax 10XW, 10mm Radian
Misc EP: 50mm Parks, 42mm GSO, 2x TV Barlow, sundry plossls...
8"ACF, AR152, ED100, ST80, EQ6Pro, Duo-T, AZ3, EQ1
Shane in black-zone New Mexico
Quote:A G8-class would be minimum for AR152 visual only. IMHO, a CG5-class mount would be an exercise in frustration.The APers would know best, but I think they need mounts rated at twice the payload of a bare OTA. If you decide to try AP with the AR152 that would mean a minimum payload of 40-50lb. If you stick with just the ED80 for AP, the G8-class would be a great match.
Quote:Adeema,I've been looking at the ES152 also and it is a monster. At about 40" long and just under 25 pounds, it may be ok for visual on a CG5 but you would the better off with a mount rated for about 40 pounds. The iOptron iEQ45 or Celestron's CGEM would be good. For that scope, I think you can forget any mount under $1,000. For astrophotography the iOptron has gotten great reviews.Any mount rated at 40 pounds or more would handle all your scopes.I don't know of any mounts in this class that you can move manually, after aligning, without loosing the alignment. I'm sure you'll get advise from other members that know a lot more that I do.Mike
WO GTF 102, iOptron iEQ45, WO Megrez 80FD, Celestron C8, WO SWAN 33mm, WO UWANs 4mm, 7mm, 16mm, WO SPLs 3mm, 6mm, 12.5mm, WO Zoom II 7.5-22.5, WO EZTouch, SV F50B2 Finder
Quote:I'm not familiar enough with GEM's to know, but if I were to align my scope, disengage the clutches, move it manually to a different target, and re-engage the clutches, would it continue to track whatever I pointed it at?
G11/Gemini-2/OPWB Canon 60D (unmodified) with 18/55mm kit lens and "nifty fifty" lens Assorted M42 screw mount lenses (28mm thru 300mm) Celestron 102GT refractor (Costco special) 8/10 inch astrograph someday. DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 StarTools 1.3 http://www.astrobin.com/users/StarGale/ http://everettastro.org/
Quote:I made this little list to familiarize myself with what's available out there. Didn't realize that Orion mounts are basically rebranded Skywatcher mounts until I did this (or is it the other way around?), and that Celestron does their own thing...
Quote:EQ4 20 lbs Range- Orion: Skyview Pro ($850)- Skywatcher: EQ5 ($880) <=== shouldn't this be called an EQ4?!?- Celestron: CG-4 ($275 non-motorized)EQ5 30 lbs Range- Orion: Sirius ($1200)- Skywatcher: HEQ5 ($1100)- Celestron: AVX ($800)??? 35 lbs Range- Orion: None- Skywatcher: None- Celestron: CG-5 ($600)
Astrophoto: Intes Micro ALTER-M606 (6" f/6 MCT), Astrotech AT6RC (6" f/9 RC), 2x Tair-3 lenses (300mm f/4.5)
Visual: Celestron 8 SCT ('77 Orange Tube, 8" f/10), Selsi #247 Refractor (aka Towa #339, 80mm f/15), Tasco 11TE-5 Newtonian (4.5" f/7.9), Galileoscope (50mm f/10)
Mounts: Celestron CI-700, iOptron ZEQ25GT, Celestron CG5-ASGT, plus a couple old EQ2s
My Astrophotography Site: http://ap.x-wing.ca/
Quote:I know I am splitting hairs a bit but your original version of the list made it seem the CG5 was better then the HEQ5/Sirius and AVX and that is just not the case.
Omni 150 Newtonian on CG-4
ES 127 ED triplet f/7.5 on GPD2
10Micron GM2000HPS, 10Micron GM1000HPS, SW NEQ6 Takahashi FSQ106 EDX III, SW 190MN, TS Riccardi 130 f/5.2 SBIT ST-8300M, QSI 683wsg8 SX Wheel, Baader 2" filters, Baader 36mm filters, Astrodon QSI filters http://astro.frejvall.se