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Scopes: Meade SN6, 10" Dob, Meade LS6, 5" reflector, 8" reflector, 102GT
Mounts: LXD75 and LXD55
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Quote:al canarelli.... could you elaborate on what you think is better in the celestron mount v the meade... just curious for opinions hear (especially from those who have used them).
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Quote:thanks for the input guys... i've considered the sirius and atlas but I feel they might be getting a bit heavy for the casual quick grab... could anyone comment on how the vixen gp or gp-dx compares to the lxd-75? I'm thinking of how smooth and accurate the tracking would be (if I got one of the vixen mounts it would probably be without go-to)... also, is the celestron mount worth considering (as-gt?) or is the lxd-75 superior to it?
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Quote:not to complicate things further but I've been also eyeing the vixen sphinx SXD.... it claims 50lb capacity but seems like a fairly portable mount... my question is, does this mean 50lb instrument capacity (example 30lb instrument capacity for GM8) or is this with counter weights (if it is, what's the actually instrument capacity then)... if the sphinx is really 50lb instrument capacity it might be worth stretching/saving for (heck that's almost as much as a G11 but in a smaller package).
Quote:4. lxd can be guided with simple serial cable, cg5 requires ST4 adapter which is another $50Alex
Quote:Cable costs couple of bucks, but ST4 adapter is a different story - cheapest I am aware of comes from AstroGene for around $50.Well, if CG5 can be guided with serial, then I agree, there is no difference
Quote:I had the same dilemma couple of months back and decided to go with lxd, reasons:1. lxd allows to have reduced slew speed to avoid waking up neighbors.
Scopes: Celestron 9.25, Orion 80MM and 120MM EON Apo
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Binos: Canon 15X50 IS Mounts: CGEM and LXD75
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Quote:i think theres some confusion. its the lxd75 that needs an st-4 adapter if you what to guide that way, but usually you use pulse guiding through the 497. the celestron can do both without any adapters needed.
Quote:Quote:I had the same dilemma couple of months back and decided to go with lxd, reasons:1. lxd allows to have reduced slew speed to avoid waking up neighbors.Celestron added that capability with the GEM 4.19 HC firmware.
Quote:Quote:Quote:I had the same dilemma couple of months back and decided to go with lxd, reasons:1. lxd allows to have reduced slew speed to avoid waking up neighbors.Celestron added that capability with the GEM 4.19 HC firmware.Good to know! Does that mean any Celestron HC can be updated to this version? Alex