Quote:So what makes the Sphinx so much more expensive than other comparable carry weight class (25/30lbs) mounts?
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Quote:>>>Quality and performance determine the relative pricing. <<<
In this case it may be an inverse correlation, IMO. The CG5 is a a much better value, especially if you shop around and get it for ~$600. With the Vixen, you're paying for cosmetics and cachet, and getting less stability for a given load and most prefer the Celestron handcontroller UI. I donwsized from having a G11 for 10+ years and am quite satisifed with the CG5 performance and stability with my 16 lb OTAs.
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Quote:I find the CG-5 to be almost flimsy in comparison. It's quite light compared to the Sphinx and it's weight distribution requires me to use a lot more counterweights for my scopes than I do with the Sphinx.
Quote:I have to ask for clarification, here. Orion lists the Sphinx as weighing considerably less than the ASGT? Is this incorrect?
Quote:>>>Vixen is supplied with a higher-tech HAL aluminum unit<<<I agree if higher tech means wobblier.
Quote:Comparing these two mounts, a couple of things stand out. Price, $2k/$750 and weight, 19.2lbs/37.5lbs. The ASGT has 2" steel legs, the Sphinx says aluminum, but gives no diameter.So what makes the Sphinx so much more expensive than other comparable carry weight class (25/30lbs) mounts?
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Quote:In GEMs , you get what you pay for .
Quote:Quality wise it's no comparison, Vixen's sphinx , like their other GEMs , is top quality , and their quality of build beat any Celestron or Meade or Losmandy or Skywatcher GEM. So do their performance.In GEMs , you get what you pay for .