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hectar
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5659657 - 02/03/13 10:14 AM

Thanks for the response(s) guys.

Quote:

......
D. Bang on. As good or better than my NexStar 11 GPS. By "stays" do you mean go-to accuracy doesn't degrade as the evening wears on, or are you talking about tracking? Go-to has never degraded over the course of the night.




I meant GOTo spot on and tracking for few hours.


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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5659718 - 02/03/13 10:52 AM

I too like the Orion mini.

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bunyon
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5659823 - 02/03/13 11:49 AM

I may have missed it: does the AVX come with a polar alignment scope - it looks like it has space for one (yes, I know, many of you think I'm crazy for using it. I won't argue, but I'm free to be crazy).

Also, does it fit the same tripod/pier as the CG5?


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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: hectar]
      #5659828 - 02/03/13 11:51 AM

Quote:



I meant GOTo spot on and tracking for few hours.




Tracking quality is dependent on your polar alignment's quality.


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cn register 5
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: bunyon]
      #5659857 - 02/03/13 12:01 PM

It doesn't come with a polar align scope but the adverts say one is an option. I've never used one, I would have to demolish my house to see Polaris from where I set up.

It doesn't fit the CG5 tripod, not quite, there's details further back in this thread.

Chris


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bunyon
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: cn register 5]
      #5659864 - 02/03/13 12:06 PM

Cool, thanks.

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Orionis91
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5659884 - 02/03/13 12:22 PM

It works, that's what matters.

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Ben B
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: Orionis91]
      #5661359 - 02/04/13 09:32 AM

After reading initial reviews earlier in this thread and elsewhere I decided to go for it. My Advanced VX mount should arrive tomorrow which just happens to be the same day my new StellarVue APO arrives. Time to take off work!

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DXVictor
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5661448 - 02/04/13 10:26 AM

I also use the Orion "Mini" setup with PHD. On the CG-5 I could get nice round stars up to about 5-6 minutes. Haven't tried the AVX yet. Temps are too low for my old bones right now (+5 to -10 most nights). I use an Orion G3 and a Canon DSLR with an Orion ED-80 and an Astro-Tech 6" CR. Both make a very light-weight setup and produce very sharp images.

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powerstroke01
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: DXVictor]
      #5661544 - 02/04/13 11:10 AM

Well. I also decided to order one of these for a portable setup. Should be here in a few days.

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mpgxsvcd
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: powerstroke01]
      #5663744 - 02/05/13 03:11 PM

Is there an illuminated polar finder for the new VX mount? I really wish someone would come up with one for the lower end mounts. That would make that process a lot easier in the dark.

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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: mpgxsvcd]
      #5663995 - 02/05/13 05:22 PM

AllStar is a lot easier than an illuminated polar scope.

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bunyon
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5664006 - 02/05/13 05:28 PM

Here we go again.

Travis, I don't know about illuminated, but the folks at Astronomics told me that the same scope that fits a CG5 or CGEM will fit the VX.


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Enzino
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Re: Celestron VX mount - pdf manual? [Re: bunyon]
      #5664331 - 02/05/13 09:15 PM

Is a pdf manual for the mount available? I can't find it on Celestron's website...

E.


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Mkofski
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Re: Celestron VX mount - pdf manual? [Re: Enzino]
      #5664348 - 02/05/13 09:29 PM

Quote:

Is a pdf manual for the mount available? I can't find it on Celestron's website...

E.




Try: http://www.celestron.com/c3/support3/index.php?dload=Download&_m=download...


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mpgxsvcd
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5664671 - 02/06/13 05:50 AM

Quote:

Quote:



I meant GOTo spot on and tracking for few hours.




Tracking quality is dependent on your polar alignment's quality.




And your balance with these lower end mounts.


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Enzino
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Re: Celestron VX mount - pdf manual? [Re: Mkofski]
      #5664741 - 02/06/13 07:39 AM

Thanks Mike!!

E.

Quote:

Quote:

Is a pdf manual for the mount available? I can't find it on Celestron's website...

E.




Try: http://www.celestron.com/c3/support3/index.php?dload=Download&_m=download...




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rmollise
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: mpgxsvcd]
      #5664745 - 02/06/13 07:45 AM

Quote:

And your balance with these lower end mounts.




Well, sort of. Balance if very important when imaging, but really doesn't much affect visual use.


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Ben B
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5664832 - 02/06/13 09:08 AM

My Advanced VX arrived yesterday so I had to try it out last night even though the skies were mostly cloudy. Polaris was continuously hidden behind clouds so I used a compass to polar align the mount as best I could then did a 2 + 1 star alignment. I intended to do 2 + 4 then the all star routine but the clouds weren't cooperating.

I was able to get a small break in the weather to test out the GOTO and tracking and I was extremely impressed. My telescope only has a focal length of 480mm but every target I asked the mount to go to ended up almost in the center of my 12mm eyepiece. Tracking seemed very accurate as well - I took a 2 minute video of Jupiter with my webcam and there was only a 1 pixel difference between Jupiter's position in the first frame and the last frame. With a proper alignment routine and decent weather I expect great things from this mount.

The only issue I've run into so far is my SV80ST scope is light enough that the counterweight is positioned in a such a way that it can hit the altitude adjustment screw in the front. I had to slightly loosen the screw so it's horizontal to prevent things from hitting. Perhaps I just need to attach a bit of extra weight to the telescope so I can move the counterweight closer to the end of the bar.


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mpgxsvcd
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Re: Celestron VX mount [Re: rmollise]
      #5664930 - 02/06/13 10:25 AM

Quote:

Quote:

And your balance with these lower end mounts.




Well, sort of. Balance if very important when imaging, but really doesn't much affect visual use.




I think it really affects the tracking when you get close to the limits of these lower end mounts with imaging scopes and equipment.

I checked and the CG-5 lists its carrying capacity as 35 pounds and the new VX mount is only rated for 30 pounds. I wonder if they backed off on that spec because it was more of a problem than they realized at first.


Capable of holding over 35 lbs of payload and slewing at 4º per second.

http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=2060&kw=Cg-5&st=2

Edited by mpgxsvcd (02/06/13 10:30 AM)


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