8" f/5 Discovery - Celestron Advanced VX mount
23mm Celestron Axiom 11mm, 6.7mm, 4.7mm ES N2 zhumell ED 2x barlow (2")
Deep Space Products
Quote:Don't even consider an LXD55. Very old and not very good technology. Nor would I recommend an LXD75 since they have been discontinued. Consider the Celestron and Orion mounts and keep in mind that the Celestron mounts have alignment procedures that do not require that you be able to see Polaris.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Pete Deierlein Homebuilt 18" Dob Meade RCX400 10" Meade SN10 on Atlas ES 152mm f4.8 Mak-Newt on CG5-ASGT Many achromatic and apochromatic refractors 50mm to 150mm, f/5 through f/15 Hyperstar C8 with Starlight Xpress H9C ETX 125 (best grab & go) NexStar 114 (to loan out) A quad of Tele-Vue EPs and many others Many binoculars Meade DSI 2 and Stellacam 2 mod'd Rebel XS (1000D) with T2, Pentax K and M42 adapters Pentax K1000 with many Pentax SLR lenses
Quote:I have an 8" f5 reflector on an eq mount and am looking to get a GOTO mount for it. Possibly a used CG5 or LXD55.I mostly binoview and there are trees in my yard that block Polaris where I usually set up so I can only do a rough polar alignment.I have been wondering if an alt/az GOTO would be better for binoviewing?Any recommendations?
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:Thank you everyone.I have some thinking and saving up to do.If I go for a used/less expensive mount I'll probably go with a CG5. If I go new probably an LX80 or Ioptron.
AT6RC; C6R; 8" R200SS; 10" SNT; RV6; PST Vixen GP + Starbook-S Warped LXD55 G11 Gemini-1 & DSC Gone! HGM-200 Gemini-2 Orion Starshoot DSCI2; DFK 41AF02 Sky Commander 4 SkyShed POD XL3 14.5" f5 folded Newt Finished. Now in storage. Mount for 14.5" Portable obs on 7ftx16ft utility trailer wi 8ft dome Trailer Plans Approved, Jig Built! http://cleardarksky.com/c/MCAOobMDkey.html
Quote: The CG5 is probably the most popular entry-level mount due to its modest cost, good 35 lb payload capacity, generally excellent goto accuracy, and fairly decent tracking.
George You know you're getting on when the equipment you farmed with is showing up as suburban lawn ornaments.