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rigel123
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Re: Imaging Mount: CGEM or Atlas? new [Re: RichNY]
      #4455357 - 03/17/11 08:19 AM

Hi Rich, just another vote for the Atlas. I just moved from Alt/Az to GEM and went with the Atlas mainly on comments in CN. It has been very easy to set up and use and without drift alignment using just the polar scope included I was able to start out with 3 minute subs. My next step is to drift align and finally add a guide package to my set up.

I did notice that Orion has a GPS add on accessory for the Atlas but I haven't seen anyone discuss that in any forums.

Warren

Edited by rigel123 (03/17/11 08:20 AM)


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hfjacinto
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Re: Imaging Mount: CGEM or Atlas? new [Re: RichNY]
      #4455383 - 03/17/11 08:38 AM

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Heider, It just dawned on me that you were the person I met and discussed this topic with when you presented at the Sheep Hill Astro Association in Boonton ten days ago. (Your presentation and images were excellent) When is the next time you are going out viewing? It will well be worth my time to take a ride out and see these mounts in use.




Probably not for another 2 weeks, full moon is coming, no need to go to a dark site.


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guyroch
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Re: Imaging Mount: CGEM or Atlas? new [Re: rigel123]
      #4455437 - 03/17/11 09:38 AM

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Hi Rich, just another vote for the Atlas. I just moved from Alt/Az to GEM and went with the Atlas mainly on comments in CN. It has been very easy to set up and use and without drift alignment using just the polar scope included I was able to start out with 3 minute subs. My next step is to drift align and finally add a guide package to my set up.

I did notice that Orion has a GPS add on accessory for the Atlas but I haven't seen anyone discuss that in any forums.

Warren




I have the GPS unit with my NEQ6. I wish I had not purchased it as it's NOT reliable and fails to find the signal 80% of the time. Spend your extra $100 on something else more useful, like toward another filters or something.

Just my 2 cents based on my personal experience.

Guylain


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Re: Imaging Mount: CGEM or Atlas? new [Re: guyroch]
      #4455471 - 03/17/11 09:53 AM

Just wanted to chip in about my GPS for NEQ6Pro, never had a problem with it. Always finds location (it doesnt give errors, so I presume its correct!)

If you always observe in the same place I wouldn't say its worth buying but if you're often out away from home then perhaps.

I always unplug mine after its got the location and time so that I can plug in my laptop to control the mount with Cartes Du Ciel.


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Re: Imaging Mount: CGEM or Atlas? new [Re: Kellogg]
      #4455498 - 03/17/11 10:06 AM

So Mat is saying what I was thinking. A GPS is nice and can save you from having to re-enter Lat/Long data if you travel significant distances to observe or do AP. If you always image or observe from the same place or with a few miles of the same place, you would be better served spending the cash on other accessories. I have a GPS on my CGEM (someone gave it to me!) and that has been my experience. Your mileage may of course vary.

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guyroch
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Re: Imaging Mount: CGEM or Atlas? new [Re: nemo129]
      #4455755 - 03/17/11 11:50 AM

Oh... looks my GPS unit may be faulty then I'll have to look into it

Guylain


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Re: Imaging Mount: CGEM or Atlas? new [Re: guyroch]
      #4456651 - 03/17/11 08:15 PM

I hope it is still under warranty!

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