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Jim7728
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Orion Sirius EQ-G mount
      #719174 - 12/07/05 08:32 AM

I just noticed that Orion is offering another GoTo mount,packaged with their line of telescopes.
ORION LINK

It looks like a relabeled Skywatcher HEQ5 with GoTo.

Hmmm...If they offer that mount alone,that'll make 3 different GoTo mounts (Atlas,CG5-GT and Sirius)being offered in their catolog. How times have changed.

But seriously...Sirius? I always associate that name with thier eyepiece set.

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: Jim7728]
      #719378 - 12/07/05 10:49 AM

Yep, I checked KW Telescope's HEQ5 and its a relable.
Which is great because now we can get it here in the states.
Orion is getting quite a line up.
Are they going to be the next telescope super power

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Jim7728
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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: Sky Captain]
      #719466 - 12/07/05 11:50 AM

Quote:

Are they going to be the next telescope super power




I would think so,especially after Synta acquired Celestron.

The Sirius EQ-G seems like an odd fit in between the CG5-GT and Atlas GT. The mount head resembles the Atlas but looks smaller and with 1.75" legs. I 'am not familiar with its weight capacity, but 2" steel legs would have been nicer feature.

More choices for us equipment junkies.

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: Jim7728]
      #719586 - 12/07/05 01:16 PM

Thanks for the heads up. More options for amateurs (and more questions, debate, and arguing for CNers).

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: celestial_search]
      #720809 - 12/08/05 10:48 AM

4 computerized mounts if you count the SVP intelliscope "push to".

Essentially, they have the Skywatcher Pro 100ED for 1899, and the 80ED for 1500.

Sweet.

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: Jim7728]
      #722679 - 12/09/05 03:02 PM

Quote:

The Sirius EQ-G seems like an odd fit in between the CG5-GT and Atlas GT. The mount head resembles the Atlas but looks smaller and with 1.75" legs. I 'am not familiar with its weight capacity, but 2" steel legs would have been nicer feature.




Orion says the weight capacity for the Sirius is 30lbs. IIRC, Celestron says the weight capacity for the CG5 is 35lbs. The CG5 does have 2" tubular legs. The CG5-GT can be had for $700, but the Sirius runs $1000.

So...is the Sirius mount better than the CG5 mount in some way? Why does it cost $300 more but have a lower weight capacity? Is it a better astrophotography platform? Better PEC, better gotos?

Lots of questions, but no answers...

Patrick

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: Patrick]
      #722753 - 12/09/05 03:52 PM

The ratings by Celestron are a bit optimistic, and the ratings by Orion a bit conservative.

The EQ5 (Sirius) is sturdier than the CG-5, but not as sturdy as the EQ6 (Atlas). Think of it as a Chinese version of a GM-8, just like the CG-5 is a Chinese version of a GP, and the Atlas is a Chinese version of the G-11 class. That should give you a better idea of the weight capabilities. PE is another matter entirely.

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: Patrick]
      #722776 - 12/09/05 04:16 PM

Quote:

Lots of questions, but no answers...





I see a shootout coming...CG5-GT vs. Sirius EQ-G

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: Jim7728]
      #724593 - 12/10/05 10:58 PM

You know, if this mount is really good for long-exposure photo work, it is a very good deal. There are just too many mounts being touted as capable of astrophotography that just plain are NOT quality mounts for long expsure
photo work. I think these companies need to clean up their acts with regard to this issue. As good a deal as the CG5-GT is as a go-to mount, it must be torn down and modified to be useful as a photo platform. And now the Synta mounts are making claims that we really can't trust. No matter how good the price is, if it doesn't perform as advertised, then there is a problem.

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: darylf96]
      #724674 - 12/11/05 12:16 AM

I wouldnt hold my breath for long exposure AP work with a $999 goto mount. It will probably be in the range of the cg5-gt as far as AP work is concerned, just with a higher payload. Even my GP with ss2k is borderline for anything >2-3 mins unguided at 600mm and it's japanese vixen quality.

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Re: Orion Sirius EQ-G mount new [Re: Astrodave]
      #724722 - 12/11/05 01:13 AM

Dave:

I doubt that this mount would carry more than my CG5-A.
Is it rated over 35 lbs for visual work?

Daryl

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