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Nebhunter
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: blueman]
      #4509929 - 04/10/11 09:25 PM

I'm with you on this one. Gemini 1 does everything required. If you need the computer programs to run the imaging side - it's all there as obviously you have proven that fact. How much would a better user interface matter once Gemini is turned on and alignment routine completed? Would it matter in the end results?

I use a simple ST-4 to auto guide my older G11. Both programs required a learning curve - but I prefer to read a manual to learn the features vs poking around in sub menus and trying things.

Everything works like a charm - so I'm fixing what with Gemini 2? Oh yea - depleting my bank account. lol


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Phil Cowell
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: Nebhunter]
      #4510072 - 04/10/11 10:45 PM

They had to produce the gemini 2 due to critical components that make up the electronics of the original Gemini now being obsolete.
Many parts are no longer available from suppliers as stated last year.
You could always buy used G1's to support failures I guess.
There is also the option of waiting until the G2 is functionaly complete and then buying a G11 with Gemini 2.


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Bowmoreman
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4510794 - 04/11/11 10:28 AM

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I plan to use a C11 and light SV115T20 or SV70ED On a side by side. Total weight under 45lb with Mallincam.




You could go with a USED CGE for that setup; I was doing that for over a year (with my Mallincam) until I upgraded to my MI-250...

You'd be at the limit, but for Mallincamming it would work; probably not so well for more classic AP...

Based on my limited time with a G11, I think it would handle this particular load and use case reasonably well...

HTH


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mistyridge
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: Bowmoreman]
      #4511059 - 04/11/11 12:16 PM

Thanks Dave. I did think of a used CGE, however, they are no longer supported by the mfg and parts could be a problem in the future. There are a lot of Losmandy mounts and support is good.

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Nebhunter
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4512532 - 04/12/11 01:19 AM

I'm easily pushing 45 lbs on my G11 for astrophotography. An F7 scope, piggy back guide scope, field flattener and a heavy big Pentax 67 film camera hanging off all that.

No issues, and auto guides very well. I still believe this is the best mount for the money. Easy to work on, tune up, and with the new one piece worm block - really good PE numbers.


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mistyridge
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: Nebhunter]
      #4512601 - 04/12/11 02:42 AM

Just plunked down some bucks on a preorder.

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Bowmoreman
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4513134 - 04/12/11 10:59 AM

Welcome to the Gemini "club"... it is definitely a "love or hate" type thing...

Me, once I got used to Gemini, I'm a "lover"

Best for me is that it operates well in the very cold, no display dimming issues like the LCD displays on NexStar, etc... AND you can operate it without having to LOOK at it!

(again, once you memorize the "layers")

I've no experience (obviously) yet with Gemini II; I'm not going to be an early adopter of it, unless - heaven forbid - I have another lightning strike/event and have no choice!


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mistyridge
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: Bowmoreman]
      #4513337 - 04/12/11 12:33 PM

Thanks Dave. I have decided to embrace the future. Hopefully the G2 will be far enough along by the time I get my mount I can run it off a laptop in my observatory. Since I will rarely move it, alignment issues should not be a problem.

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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4513489 - 04/12/11 01:55 PM

MistyRidge,
Welcome to the club, When is your "delivery" date? Mine should be sometime next month or maybe early June. I ordered IIRC early March.

StarT
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blueman
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4513501 - 04/12/11 02:04 PM

I am sure the G2 will be excellent when the software is fully updated and functional. There are always difficulties with new products, but they are usually worked out.
Blueman


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nemo129
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4513668 - 04/12/11 03:58 PM

Quote:

Just plunked down some bucks on a preorder.



Hey Mike,
So you decided. I think you will really enjoy the G11 as it is a well made mount and Gemini II while evolving is a very promising platform that is sure to go a long way.


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mistyridge
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: Startraffic]
      #4513908 - 04/12/11 06:26 PM

StarT I will pobably get it in late June as they are only about two months behind now.

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mistyridge
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4513913 - 04/12/11 06:30 PM

Thank you all for the back and forth that helped me dicide. Now I must make room so I am thinking of haveing a astro garage sale.

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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4514053 - 04/12/11 07:42 PM

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StarT I will pobably get it in late June as they are only about two months behind now.



So, it only took me 4 weeks to get mine after I was told it may take much longer! You just never know.

Just to let folks know how good of a company Losmandy is, I had an issue with the Real Time Clock in the main Gemini II unit. Russell and Scott at Losmandy were very responsive. I shipped them the unit and they shipped it back within 24 hours of receiving it from me. Compared to service I have received from other mount manufacturers whom I will not mention, that was the speed of light for a response time! I in no way regret my decision to buy from Losmandy. Sorry, did not mean to thread jack, just to reinforce Mike's decision.


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mistyridge
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: nemo129]
      #4514087 - 04/12/11 07:51 PM

Kirk, Losmandy is a lot closer. I could drive to them if I had to only a little over 300mi. I will be following the firmware dev. on the Y site.

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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: mistyridge]
      #4514104 - 04/12/11 07:58 PM

Well Mike you do have that decided advantage over me...its about 3000 miles for me. Might be worth the 300 mile trip though if they give you a tour of the shop! I hope your wait is not too long, although it will give you time to mull over mount accessories.

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berlinstar
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: nemo129]
      #4518559 - 04/14/11 07:47 PM

I just purchased a G11 with intent of adding the Gemini II upgrade as my budget allows. Anyone watching want to chime in on when they'll be available?

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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: berlinstar]
      #4518632 - 04/14/11 08:19 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights! You can order the Gemini II retrofit kits for a G11 right now. They are listed on the Losmandy site for $1595 for a kit with standard servo motors or $1795 if you want the beefier Maxon motors. As previously stated the firmware is on the beta side but certainly usable.

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berlinstar
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: nemo129]
      #4518828 - 04/14/11 09:32 PM

Thanks!

Awesome... I've been pushing a broken 12" LX200 for a couple of years now and finally took the plunge on purchasing a quality mount, deforking my ota.

I'm prone to breaking things, and my decision on going with Losmandy (beside a solid platform that's made here in the states), is the accessibility of parts, that doesn't require the tele/mount to be shipped back to the manufacturer.

I'm still "pushing" now, but at least I'm able to electronically center, then track what I'm looking at.

I can't wait to get my hands on that Gemini...


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Bart
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Re: Losmandy G11 Gemini II any info? new [Re: berlinstar]
      #4533924 - 04/21/11 10:37 AM

Well a PC software provide a G-11 with GOTO capability? If so, do I need to buy the Gemini system? And what software would that be?

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