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Starhawk
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Re: Celestron CG-4 Mount only $199.00 at Astronomi new [Re: gustavo_sanchez]
      #4468080 - 03/23/11 09:34 AM

Don't waste your time with the single axis drive. Having both axes able to move smoothly without shaking the mount is a good thing. The dual axis drive can even support autoguiding with a kit from shoestring astronomy.

Tip- use the polar alignment scope hole to run the cables through. In practice, the polar alignment scope really isn't very useful: either dead reckon and plop it down for visual, or you're doing drift alignment for photography. I took my polar scope out and do not miss it.

-Rich


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ScoobyDoo
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Re: Celestron CG-4 Mount only $199.00 at Astronomi new [Re: Starhawk]
      #4469570 - 03/23/11 08:29 PM

Hey all,

I'm noodling on this mount, looks to be a good deal. My load will be somewhere around a 35-60 mm Ha scope. Will this mount serve me better than a Nextstar SLT that I already have? Or is there a third choice I should consider? Thanks,

Kenny


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Starhawk
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Re: Celestron CG-4 Mount only $199.00 at Astronomi new [Re: ScoobyDoo]
      #4470064 - 03/24/11 12:22 AM

For an Ha scope, this should be a slam dunk. Usually the sun isn't very hard to find.

-Rich


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nemo129
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Re: Celestron CG-4 Mount only $199.00 at Astronomi new [Re: Starhawk]
      #4471693 - 03/24/11 07:06 PM

Quote:

Usually the sun isn't very hard to find.




Unless of course the clouds find out you bought a new piece of astronomy gear and ...well you know the story!


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N1ghtSc0p3
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Re: Celestron CG-4 Mount only $199.00 at Astronomi new [Re: ScoobyDoo]
      #4472425 - 03/24/11 11:54 PM

Just got back from 'first light' with the CG-4...$200 for my first 'real' GEM seemed about right, and I was definitely impressed. It's solid in my backyard, the motion is smooth, and it easily handled my new AT72ED. I did a rough polar alignment, and picked a few stars to try out. I wish it wasnt so cold out, but I had a blast for the hour or so that I got in. Only took me a few min to setup and I was observing in no time. Can't wait to get the dual drive pkg, and try some extended observing!!

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Bart
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Re: Celestron CG-4 Mount only $199.00 at Astronomi [Re: N1ghtSc0p3]
      #4472459 - 03/25/11 12:17 AM

First light here also.

For my ED80 it's steady as a rock. I installed the dual drive, it tracks very well. As others have said, for $200, the CG-4 is a bargain.


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