“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:I have been reading about this mount, and for the most part, it gets good reviews. I'm looking for an inexpensive,grab n go, go to, and tracking mount for my TV 85 and my Lunt solar scope. I plan to use it with my Mallincam, so I basically will use it for visual. Both scopes already have a Losmandy "D" dovetail mounted for use on my DM4. What type of mounting bracket does the CG5 have? Is it still a Vixen type bracket? If so, can that bracket be removed and replaced with a D style saddle plate? I've never actually seen the CG5, and the pictures don't show how the saddle plate is mounted. Thanks for your help!
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote:John, is THIS the type of adapter you're talking about? Would I also need to get a Vixen dovetail bar?
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:Well, I took the plunge and ordered an open box ASGT5 from OPT yesterday. Since it was an open box item and OPT is offering free shipping, it was a deal I couldn't pass up. I also Contacted Anthony at ADM, and he has developed a new Vixen/Losmandy mounting system for the ASGT5. It isn't on his web site yet, but he said he had them available. Can't wait to try them both! I do have a question. I've read so much about the grease in these mounts not liking cold weather. Do you all think I should just go ahead and put in new grease? I have several tubes of Super Lube lying around. What do you think I should do? The temps around here lately have been getting down into the +20's F. Will those temps affect the factory installed grease?
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Fred StarStructure LE Series 18" f/4.3 (Zambuto & Nexus/ServoCat/Skytools3 Pro) Celestron 8" SCT w/Starlight Feathertouch Microfocuser; Celestron 102mm f/9.8 refractor Stellarvue SV80ST f6 Triplet APO Tele Vue & EarthWin binoviewers Enough Eyepieces and Accessories to put my Scopes to Good Use Free-Turn Q HalfHitch, CG5-ASGT(2), Astro-Tech Voyager mounts