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mogur
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Reged: 07/29/11

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CG-4 mount new
      #5754225 - 03/24/13 02:55 PM

I did a search on this but didn't see an actual post with the same question: Can the CG-4 mount be used in alt-az configuration by adjusting the latitude scale to 90 degrees? I know many mounts can be used this way but I don't know about this specific mount.

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kevint1
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Re: CG-4 mount new [Re: mogur]
      #5754429 - 03/24/13 04:46 PM Attachment (17 downloads)

Yes, it can. I used my CG-4 as an alt-az for more that a year with my ES 102 refractor. I was very happy with the way it worked. I didn't use counterweights and didn't have any tipping issues. Balancing the scope in the rings and leveling the mount are key to smooth movements. Here's how it was set up ...


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mogur
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Re: CG-4 mount [Re: kevint1]
      #5754674 - 03/24/13 06:26 PM

Thanx Kev! I think I would use the counterweights though because I'm thinking of getting the 6".

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mogur
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Re: CG-4 mount new [Re: mogur]
      #5756982 - 03/25/13 08:45 PM

Also, is there a tripod extension made for this mount? Or one that would work? The tripod head looks very similar to a Vixen tripod.

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Gary Riley
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Reged: 12/01/11

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Re: CG-4 mount new [Re: mogur]
      #5757060 - 03/25/13 09:34 PM

Mogur,

The Orion Skyview Pro Mount Extension will work on the CG-4 mount. It sells for $89.99 and raises the height by 16 inches.

Gary


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buddyjesus
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Re: CG-4 mount new [Re: Gary Riley]
      #5757379 - 03/26/13 01:40 AM

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php/Cat/0/Number/3688336/page...

or turn your own if you have a drill press and lathe attachment, or just a lathe.

I followed this thread and made my own out of a 18" length of fallen elm.


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