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Mitch Hamilton
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Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #6362321 - 02/07/14 04:19 PM

Update: The seller has indicated he has "also recently installed an optional polar alignment telescope, a new main computer, and a brand-new right ascension motor assembly."

This sounds like a REAL fixer upper, getting more and more concerned...

If he has already replaced those parts why wouldn't he just finish refurbing the rest and sell it for a higher price?


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Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: Mitch Hamilton]
      #6362358 - 02/07/14 04:32 PM

This doesn't sound like something that I would want to get involved with. He has spent a lot of time and money on this mount and it still is not working and he wants to get rid of it. You also want a mount that has a programmable hand controller. I think I would pass if I were you.

Stan


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Mitch Hamilton
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Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #6362428 - 02/07/14 05:04 PM

Yea I was under the impression that he wasn't tech savvy to begin with but these repairs make me think he knows he is sitting on a lemon and he wants to move it.

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Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: Mitch Hamilton]
      #6362456 - 02/07/14 05:19 PM

That is something that I might be interested in buying, but only for the parts. I have so many mounts and spare parts that it would be worth something to me, but for some one to buy it and try to make the mount work properly it would be a real gamble.

Stan


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Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #6362468 - 02/07/14 05:24 PM

How can you tell? Is it the Celestron symbol? Are we sure all the programmable ones had the newer symbol? Anyhow...gotta say good catch on your part.

Edited by rmollise (02/07/14 05:27 PM)


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Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: rmollise]
      #6362546 - 02/07/14 05:58 PM

Yes, it's the Logo at the bottom of the HC. In my limited experience the ones with the "Straight" logo divide are the non programmable ones and the HC's with the "C" curved logo are programmable.

Stan


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Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: RTLR 12]
      #6362781 - 02/07/14 07:38 PM

I suspect you are correct, Stan, since my HC was purchased right after they came out with the programmable and has the "C" logo...

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Mitch Hamilton
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Reged: 01/25/14

Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: rmollise]
      #6365041 - 02/08/14 10:17 PM

Thanks for all your excellent advice, it sounds like I might have inadvertently troubleshooted the problem for him and now it seems like he's more interested in fixing it himself, he might turn around and try to get twice his asking price which would be really shady of him, but he might turn around and say "well I put this much money into fixing it, can we maybe meet halfway" and I'd be down with that. I'll post an update in a little bit with how I made out. Thanks again, you guys are awesome!

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Mitch Hamilton
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Re: Need advice before buying Celestron CG5 AS-GT. new [Re: Mitch Hamilton]
      #6376854 - 02/14/14 09:09 PM

UPDATE 02/14: The seller completed a "drive swap" and determined that the dec drive assembly needed replacing, quoting me $165. He's going to fix it and then allow me first crack at it with an "adjusted price" Don't really know what that means but all things considered what should I be offering him for this mount based on its "history?"

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