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IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? new
      #4572500 - 05/10/11 12:09 AM

Are these 2 mounts the same in weight capabilty? is the eq-3 made in china and the Cg-4 also made in china? dale

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Re: IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? new [Re: DJD57]
      #4572519 - 05/10/11 12:26 AM

They are very similar (made to resemble Vixen's SP), and were both made by Synta, though there are other versions out there as well. The CG-4 was the version they made for Celestron and the EQ-3 was sold to other resellers, including Orion.

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Re: IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #4572545 - 05/10/11 01:03 AM

Thanks there are so many type of eq-mounts that they all copy from each other dale

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Re: IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? new [Re: DJD57]
      #4572568 - 05/10/11 01:38 AM

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Thanks there are so many type of eq-mounts that they all copy from each other dale




They don't ALL copy from each other. For one thing, it always goes in one direction; the few who do it haven't yet had their own unique designs (when such exist) emulated by others. Only a couple of manufacturers have been paid the compliment of having their designs replicated - Vixen (Polaris, Super Polaris, Great Polaris, Sphinx) and Takahashi (EM-11, EM-200). Everyone else has been left alone.


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Re: IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? new [Re: jrcrilly]
      #4572798 - 05/10/11 07:08 AM

i know the older sp and gp mounts made by vixen are very good mounts dale

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Re: IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? new [Re: DJD57]
      #4572823 - 05/10/11 07:41 AM

The eq3 has aluminum legs and the latest cg4 has 1.75" steel legs. A world of difference.

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Re: IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? new [Re: gustavo_sanchez]
      #4572923 - 05/10/11 09:10 AM

The mounts are similar to each other (and the Orion Astroview), but NOT to the SP. They are close copies of a Hino (Mizar) mount that was aimed to compete with the low-medium weight Vixen Polaris. The SP is designed for a higher payload. IMO EQ-3 class is often sold with too large a payload on it.

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Re: IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? new [Re: gustavo_sanchez]
      #4573811 - 05/10/11 06:04 PM

yes the steel would be better i also like the wood tripod legs too dale

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Re: IS A eq-3 mount the same as a CG-4 mount? [Re: Geo.]
      #4573813 - 05/10/11 06:06 PM

Thanks george yes there are very few differnces in the mounts dale

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