Clear Skies! Mike ------------- My Site
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:Also, it is possible to get a GoTo without a tracking motor?
Quote:I will look into the CG-5 ASGT. What about the A-VX is better to justify the increased expense?
Quote:To clarify. I believe it is a CG-5 mount. One of the two screw attachments to the OTA is broken off, so a replacement mounting plate unfortunately won't work since it won't have one of the two mount attachments to affix to.
Quote:Thank you again orlyandico and Falcon. You're right it could be a CG-4. I'm now leaning to one's those models you listed, Falcon. Do I have to worry about the missing washer and screw in the front tube ring?
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
Quote:Do I have to worry about the missing washer and screw in the front tube ring?
Quote:From what I've seen, the A-VX has "periodic correction," "transmeridian imaging" and "polar alignment", that the CG-5 ASGT lacks. How important are these features for astrophotography?
Quote: Someone told me that "astrophotography" is an expensive word.
Quote:I love your website pictures, Falcon. How much would a setup like yours cost to take those pictures?
Quote:My experience has been, if you decide to get serious, you should skip the incremental upgrades and either bite the bullet right away, or stick with what you have until you can buy the best....You would actually end up saving money in the long run.
http://www.faintfuzzy.net Stuff C14, C8, Orion XX14i, Meade 8" ACF, AT6RC, AT102ED, Orion ED80, PST, AP1600GTO, CGE, CG5, ST10-XME/CFW8, QHY8PRO, Optec TCF-s, Microtouch Focuser, Pyxis LE, Hyperstar for C8.
Quote: Also, I read some GoTo mounts are not hand movable, which I need for terrestrial viewing. Does ths issue affect the CG-5 ASGT or AVX?
Quote:I think a new tab can be MIG or TIG welded where the original one broke off. These things are aluminum so arc welding won't work. So if you can find someone local who can weld a new tab on for beer money, go for it. But if the welding would cost too much... you'd be better off buying.The mount in its current condition is worth probably $50 - $100 tops, so not worth selling.And.. I don't think it's a CG-5. Probably a CG-4. The CG-5's all came with a Vixen dovetail clamp. What you have doesn't have any form of dovetail clamp.