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Quote:I have a Meade 2080 LX3 that I would like to defork and use with this mount.I do visual astronomy only,and would like some coments about it's good points or bad, before I purchase one. Is a polar alignment scope a must have for visual work? It is an extra cost with the purchase of the mount.I heard that Celestron is going to discontinue the CG5GT and go with the VX mod. as a replacement, is that true?
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Dave in West Michigan Tasco 10te (1959) 76.2x1200mm Tasco 7TE-5 60x1000mm f16.7 Meade 2045 sct Meade 312 80mmx900 (Japan) Polarex 114 60x900 Jason 313 SYW Yamamoto 60x900mm Orion 10 Inteliscope Dob, Nexstar C6, 102, and 80GT, Ultima C8, Coulter 8 dob, Meade ETX80, LXD75 Pentax 12x42 DCF, 16x50 PCF, Swift 8x40 Pentax ist DSLR, Canon sx110
What some may view as an argument I view as a different perspective.
Quote:Only you can decide whether the VX is worth the extra $200.00 plus. Seems to be some "new release" issues popping up. The CG-5 ASGT is pretty much "debugged". And with a two year warranty I don't think you can go wrong.
Quote:I might not be as informed on the VX as I thought I was. Could you elaborate further on the "substantial improvement".
Quote:Thanks, I will. My favorite is still the one about your "pal".
Quote:Quote:I have a Meade 2080 LX3 that I would like to defork and use with this mount.I do visual astronomy only,and would like some coments about it's good points or bad, before I purchase one. Is a polar alignment scope a must have for visual work? It is an extra cost with the purchase of the mount.I heard that Celestron is going to discontinue the CG5GT and go with the VX mod. as a replacement, is that true? I had a Meade 8 inch SCT mounted on a CG-5 ASGT. It worked very well for me. I did have a polar alignment scope but I don't think it was necessary. As far as Fork versus GEM. ALT-AZ forks are probably somewhat better than GEMS in terms of ease of viewing but either one is considerably better than a fork on a wedge such as the LX-3. Less vibration and to view though.One advantage of the GEM is you can use it with multiple scopes, with a Fork Mount, you are pretty much limited to the one scope. Jon
“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
SteveCarpe NoctemBushnell 10x50 Seymour solarized binoculars.Bushnell 12x32 moon and terrestrial binoculars.Celestron: 102-GT Refractor OTA on a CG-4 GEMAstro-Tech Value Plössl 32mm, 20mmZhumell Z series 14.5mm, 9mm, 5mm+42° 18' 37.39", -122° 52' 3.76"
Never argue with a fool.Onlookers often can't tell the difference.
Quote:Can this mount handle a 102 x 1000mm x 4kg OTA for AP?Great deal. Wish I had the spare astro bux.
NSN Channel: BigAppleSkies CPC 1100 with HD Pro Wedge with ETX-70 Finder Celestar C8, C80ED and PST Istar 150 Anistigmatic R30 on CGEM Jason 313 from 1975! Mallincam Extreme & Mallincam SSIc & Mallincam Micro DSI Pro, Orion SSAG, GPUSB, Nautilus Filterwheel JMI, Celestron and Orion MotoFocus, FCUSB1&2 Hyperion 5,13, ES 18, 30, OR 18, 25 TV 2.5x Powermate, WO Binoviewer with pairs: TV 7 Naglers, WO 20 and RKE 28
Tak-106, AP900GTO, Unitrons, Masuyamas
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