Quote:I really don't care too much about the newtonian, but for an extra $250 it seemed like a great deal....($1750 versus $1500 for just the mount)....That is the main reason I am considering the newt.
GM-8 GII (soon w/OPWB) ; Orion Sirius w/EQMOD
Orion 80ED; AT72ED; AT6RC
Atik 314L+; Atik 420C
Moonlite Focusers, Moonlite stepper motor
Astrodon 5nm Ha, LRGB; Baader OIII, SII
Starlight Xpress 7x1.25" FW
Sequence Generator Pro, PinPoint, PixInsight, PS CS 5
Orion XT12g 12" f/4.92 GoTo Dob Orion 9x50 RACI - Green Laser Pointer Orion 4.5" f/4 EP: ES82 30mm, ES68 24mm EP: Hyperion 21, 17, 13, 10, 8, 5mm Various filters, including Skyglow, UHC, O-III Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow Celestron 12x80 binoculars & mount
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
Deep Space Products
Quote:I would go with the Orion primarily because it is much more reliable - Orion does a better job than Celestron in terms of consistency of their products.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
“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
Quote:With different motors, and gear trains, and different firmware.The CGEM presently isn't playing nicely with the latest Nexstar Firmware and Celestron even has a beta test program for users to help test fixes. The Atlas just works. The CGEM ain't never been quite right from the get-go, IMO, and they're still futzing with it. I kinda think dhaval makes a valid point.- Jim
Quote:I've had the combination of the Atlas EQ-G mount and the 10" f/4.7 newt for visual use and sold them. The eyepiece required a ladder to see through, and I wound up doing so at some fairly awkward angles. I don't know anything about photography, but that was the only drawback I found to that combination of scope and mount for visual use. Otherwise, it's a great scope and a great mount. Mine was bought by a man who planned on putting a smaller scope on that mount for photography and finding a Dob mount for the scope for visual use. That sounded like a really good plan to me!
8"ACF, AR152, ED100, ST80, EQ6Pro, Duo-T, AZ3, EQ1