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rmollise
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Celestron VX mount
      #5613234 - 01/09/13 07:52 AM

Y'all's thoughts on the good, old CG5's replacement?

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Ouranos
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5613245 - 01/09/13 08:04 AM

Rod - where can you find information on this particular mount?

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fuzzystuff4ever
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5613246 - 01/09/13 08:04 AM

Where is there information about it? I looked on Celestron's site and on several vendor sites and can't find any mention of it.

Brian


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5613247 - 01/09/13 08:04 AM

Quote:

Y'all's thoughts on the good, old CG5's replacement?




Got a link? Not finding much with Google.

Jon


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johnpd
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5613248 - 01/09/13 08:04 AM

Unc,

Where did you find this?

JohnD


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: johnpd]
      #5613252 - 01/09/13 08:06 AM

Quote:

Unc,

Where did you find this?

JohnD




Uncle Rod secretly runs Celestron, has for years. He just put that out there to get a little pre-announcement advertising.

Jon


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johnpd
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5613265 - 01/09/13 08:17 AM

I see an announcement of that and other new Celestron products in the Vendor's forum but no real specs.

JohnD


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mclewis1
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5613266 - 01/09/13 08:17 AM

From the Astronomics folks ...

Completely re engineered
PPEC
Wider latitude range
Tracking past the meridian
Autoguider port (which the CG-5 already has)
New motors (which should mean new gearbox and therefore hopefully won't have the 8/3 period errors)
RTC
Screw on power connector

Price is $100 more than the CG-5 so presumably $899 USD list.

So some questions ...

Type of bearings used on both axis?
Same tripod?
If not is the tripod to mount head attachment the same (can the same accessories like pier extensions be used)?
Same counterweights?
Motor controller board different? (should obviously be different but had to ask)
Height of mount head the same?
Vixen/CG-5 dovetail saddle? Better setup than original?
External DEC cable?

Edited by mclewis1 (01/09/13 08:50 AM)


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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: Ouranos]
      #5613278 - 01/09/13 08:27 AM

Quote:

Rod - where can you find information on this particular mount?




I got what little info I have from a dude in the industry, but I see there's a little announcement on it in the Vendor Announcements forum right here on good, old CN...


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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: Jon Isaacs]
      #5613279 - 01/09/13 08:29 AM

Quote:


Uncle Rod secretly runs Celestron, has for years. He just put that out there to get a little pre-announcement advertising.

Jon




Sigh. If that were true we'd be talkin' about the new C22!


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fuzzystuff4ever
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5613300 - 01/09/13 08:42 AM

Sounds interesting. Once they fire-sale price the discontinued CG5s I may buy one or two for future use (and spare parts).

Brian


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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5613308 - 01/09/13 08:49 AM

Let's all hope that Celestron did a COMPLETE test of the new mount and that it does what it's supposed to do right out of the box. The CG5-GT, especially at its pricepoint, is a tough act to follow.

David


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MikeBOKC
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: David Pavlich]
      #5613334 - 01/09/13 09:05 AM

I visited with a Celestron rep at the Astronomics grand opening a few months ago and he mentioned this as a coming attraction. I wonder if Celestron is also going to jump into the dual EQ/alt-az mount area like the Meade LX-80. Ioptron seems to be preparing a similar rollout. Lots of neat products in the last few years, with more goodies to come!

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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: MikeBOKC]
      #5613343 - 01/09/13 09:10 AM

Quote:

I visited with a Celestron rep at the Astronomics grand opening a few months ago and he mentioned this as a coming attraction. I wonder if Celestron is also going to jump into the dual EQ/alt-az mount area like the Meade LX-80. Ioptron seems to be preparing a similar rollout. Lots of neat products in the last few years, with more goodies to come!




Celestron is, after all, owned by Synta who just introduced an alt-az/EQ GEM, so I wouldn't be surprised to see a CGEM alt-az.


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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: mclewis1]
      #5613345 - 01/09/13 09:12 AM

Quote:

Autoguider port (which the CG-5 already has)
New motors (which should mean new gearbox and therefore hopefully won't have the 8/3 period errors)





I know this is something of a problem with the CGEM, but I have never seen nor heard tell of it in a CG5... Mr Ed, what say you?


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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5613385 - 01/09/13 09:28 AM

I sincerely hope Celestron isn't jumping on the LX 80's bandwagon. That's more of a hearse. Given what VX is, I am a bit concerned about the message being sent with the name:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VX_(nerve_agent)

The VX needs to have been wrung out like the EdgeHD evidently was, so the design is known to work and the manufacturing activity's shipped results meet its advertised specifications.

If not, Celestron, ye be warned.

-Rich


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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: Starhawk]
      #5613409 - 01/09/13 09:42 AM

All 3 of my CG-5s have an 'Auto Guide' port.

Stan


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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: Starhawk]
      #5613542 - 01/09/13 11:35 AM

Quote:

I sincerely hope Celestron isn't jumping on the LX 80's bandwagon. That's more of a hearse. Given what VX is, I am a bit concerned about the message being sent with the name:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VX_(nerve_agent)

The VX needs to have been wrung out like the EdgeHD evidently was, so the design is known to work and the manufacturing activity's shipped results meet its advertised specifications.

If not, Celestron, ye be warned.

-Rich




VX nerve gas? What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?

And I don't see how the VX is similar to the LX80, which is a different design altogether.

As to how the new one will pan out? You never know till one is in the hands of the users, but being based on the CG5, it appears, I would hope the introduction will be relatively smooth.


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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: RTLR 12]
      #5613545 - 01/09/13 11:36 AM

Quote:

All 3 of my CG-5s have an 'Auto Guide' port.

Stan




Yep, the CG5 has had an ST-4 port since day one.


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ghataa
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5613580 - 01/09/13 11:52 AM

Curious what the weight capacity will be. My CG-5 has performed wonderfully (especially after hypertune!) so hopefully this mount is a step forward!

Apparently this was at CES this week.

George


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