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mistyridge
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Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD
      #5865737 - 05/16/13 07:57 PM

I need a light weight GEM to carry my C9.25HD. I plan to ultimately Sell my G11 as it is to heavy to carry around in one piece. I am moving my observing location to the other end of my 10ac to avoid the light pollution. This forces me to go light weight in order to see the whole sky. I can move around to different areas to avoid the trees and still see all quadrants. I will be working out of a warm/computer room/scope and mount storage building currently under costruction. I am looking for suggestion for a mount that weighs 38Lb or less including the tripod that can carry a C9.25 for visual and planetary imageing. Any suggestions?

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Patrick
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: mistyridge]
      #5866004 - 05/16/13 10:22 PM

Celestron AVX? But even that may be a little overloaded...

Patrick


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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: Patrick]
      #5866118 - 05/16/13 11:08 PM

just deforked my 9.25, waiting on ADM saddle & dovetail to mount it on my CG-5. Have heard yea and nay on capability, will let you know as soon as get to try it out.. Kasey

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mistyridge
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: dragonslayer1]
      #5866293 - 05/17/13 01:28 AM

Yes I understand the the AVX is a beefed up version of the CG-5. Kasey let me know how your CG-5 work with your C9.25.

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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: mistyridge]
      #5866947 - 05/17/13 11:47 AM

just a FYI, Celestron says CG-5 is rated to 35lbs, the AVX 30lbs

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mistyridge
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: dragonslayer1]
      #5866982 - 05/17/13 12:05 PM

I wonder why they down rated the VX, it has the same tripod and looks like the same size shafts? I use to own an early non-goto version of the CG5.

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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: mistyridge]
      #5866990 - 05/17/13 12:09 PM

What is your budget? 38lbs including the tripod is a pretty tall order for something that will hold the C9.25. The AVX might just fit in there, but it may not be what you want.

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mistyridge
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: EFT]
      #5867005 - 05/17/13 12:17 PM

ED I have no budget I just buy as long as the CFO approves . By the way when I say 38Lb I ment without counter weight attached.

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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: mistyridge]
      #5867226 - 05/17/13 01:41 PM

The most payload and lightest mount is the IEQ45. Weighs 25lbs and has a 45lb payload. Everything else is questionable/heavy. I currently have a VX and want an EdgeHD in 8" or 9.25"(really want 11"), but the 8" makes more sense from a payload perspective. The 11" requires a bigger mount and I setup/breakdown every time. With the VX I can pickup the whole mount with 4" APO in one shot. Awkward to carry, but it works.

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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: FTLAUDSKY]
      #5867287 - 05/17/13 02:20 PM

The Mach1 weighs 32lb without counterweights or shaft...

If you currently have a G11 I would strongly urge an upgrade to the Mach1, if the CFO allows it. I don't see the iEQ45 being able to carry 45lb (wishful thinking! the Mach1 is 45lb rated) and the iEQ45 would be a downgrade from the G11.


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gdd
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5867396 - 05/17/13 03:39 PM

How about putting up a few piers in various parts of your property so you don't have to move the entire setup?

Gale


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dickbill
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: mistyridge]
      #5867749 - 05/17/13 05:30 PM

Quote:

...Sell my G11 as it is to heavy to carry around in one piece...




You can't carry a c9.25+cgem in one piece, but you can use a cart to carry it in 3 pieces:
OTA, tripod+head, counterweight


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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: orlyandico]
      #5867946 - 05/17/13 07:05 PM

+1 for the Mach1. That's the best you can get in its class. And I would get the right angle polar scope too.
I don't think AP has them in stock now tho.


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mistyridge
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: dickbill]
      #5867949 - 05/17/13 07:08 PM

A lot of good ideas. The IEQ 45 lists the tripod at 25LB but does not specify head wt. I am guessing it weighs about 25-30LB w/o CW. That is way over my ability confortably carry, maybe when I was 40 but at 70+

Edited by mistyridge (05/17/13 07:20 PM)


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mistyridge
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: mistyridge]
      #5868056 - 05/17/13 08:01 PM

Has anyone put a C9.25 on a AVX?

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RAKing
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: mistyridge]
      #5868895 - 05/18/13 07:43 AM

I used my C925 on a Losmandy GM-8 and it worked quite well for visual. The 925 is right at the upper end of the GM-8's capacity, but at least Losmandy's capacities are honest estimates - not marketing hype.

I'm sorry, but your requirement for imaging capability pretty much rules out every lightweight mount that I can think of.

The lightest mount that could do a decent job of both visual and imaging capability would be the Mach 1, but it's too heavy for me to carry around in one piece.

Cheers,

Ron


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MartinTreadgold
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: Patrick]
      #5869039 - 05/18/13 09:38 AM

Quote:

Celestron AVX? But even that may be a little overloaded...

Patrick




Yeah I would only recommend upto C8 Edge HD on the VX mount, this gives you a bit more load to play with, and to add a camera + other accessories without overloading the AVX mount.


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dragonslayer1
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: MartinTreadgold]
      #5869072 - 05/18/13 10:06 AM

An update, the tracking info says my saddle and mount for my 9.25 @ CG-5 is supposed to be delivered today (am at work). From my expereince with the CPC, visual may look fine but till try A/P tracking results are not verified. I will try to get it tried out in next couple days and provide you with a couple pics so can help you can decide, Kasey

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Gregk
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: mistyridge]
      #5869111 - 05/18/13 10:40 AM

Sirius about 15lbs As long is its for viewing only

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neilson
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Re: Lt wt mount for Edge C9.25 HD new [Re: Gregk]
      #5869707 - 05/18/13 04:42 PM

Hi,
I would say the Mach 1 but if its too heavy and your leaning towards the AVX you might want to down grade your OTA to an 8".

neilson


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