Quote:You need to define for yourself "some risk"There are lots of proven mounts at or near the same price as the LX80 that have near zero risk. This mount does not look to be any better than the mount that you already have. You have also stated that you are not all that keen on constantly rebuilding and tweaking a brand new mount.I think you are about to take on "considerable risk" and an on going maintenance project. To quote what another told me about 6 months ago, "This clearly isn't the mount for you."We can all wish that this mount came through on all of Meade's marketing claims, it is now clear that it does not.While you take a Consumers Reports like satisfaction poll, make sure you include the size and weight of the OTA that people are happy (or unhappy) with and make sure that the OTA that you plan to use with this mount is smaller/lighter than any of the ones that the "happy" crowd is using.
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
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
My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
Pentax PF-80ED,Meade 102ED APO,Orion EON 72,120ST Apex 127,C6 XLT,C6R,C9.25,XT10 ,Celestron Regal 100 F-ED, CT152 Zeiss 7x42 FL,Canon 10x42L IS WP,15x50 IS 12x36 IS II , Pentax 8x32 ED Garrett Optical 28x110 HD-WP Signature Series Oberwerk BT-80 45, Apogee RA-88-SA Denk II Power x Switch binoviewer w/13mm Ethos, 20mm Pentax XW's, 20mm Widescan III's. 21mm Ethos,17mm Ethos, 22mm Nagler, 40mm Pentax XW, 14mm Pentax XL, 5.2mm Pentax XL, 8-24mm Pentax XL Zoom, 31mm Axiom LX
I lost count of my scopes. Now I just want mobility. I came, I saw, I bought some interesting accessories, and put names to faces: NEAF 2012, ASAE 2012, SWAP 2013, ASAE 2013.
Quote:Hi Kevin, Here are some pics of the monster CGEM DX mount. And those tripod legs are stainless steel. The mount makes my 9.25 HD Edge ota look small. I'm using a schumacher xp2260 6 in 1 jump starter because it has a 120volt inverter if needed and a 22 amp hour battery and a digital readout of how many volts left. and it tells you the percent its charged. Rich, They sell the knobs online on Celestrons' spare parts page for $15.00 each.
Quote:The height is one of the things I never liked about the CGE-PRO and now the DX version of the CGEM.
Astro photo processing instructions here...
Quote:I thought all autostar equiped meades kept time/location data. I guess I was mistaken.
Quote:And no where on the CGEM DX'S AD does Celestron state that a polar scope is not needed and not included because they offer ASPA.