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dpreneta
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Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new
      #5764244 - 03/29/13 11:05 AM Attachment (202 downloads)

I received and set up my Celestron VX mount yesterday, it is replacing my CG-5 computerized mount. It really is a beautiful mount for the price. Fit and finish is nice with tight tolerences. The only plastic parts are the motor housings, port housing and polar axis covers. The rest is a sand cast metal. I didn't hold a magnet to it so I'm not sure if it's aluminum or a pot metal material. Everything set up quickly and all the knobs were easy to operate. I relocated the tripod alignment peg to the north facing leg. The mount is stable and holds my 8" SCT and all accessories easily. Motors operated with the usual slewing noise but nothing obnoxious. I set my rig up in my kitcken so the hard surfaces didn't help with sound reduction, outside I'm sure it is a lot more quiet. The power connection with screw on connector is very secure. The hand control was easy to operate and read with the lights off. The north facing leg did not interfere with the counterweight while accessing any part of the sky, there was no cord wrap and no major vibration issues. Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to take it out for a real test. But for now I am thoroughly pleased with the look and action of the mount. Celestron really did a great job of improving the CG-5 to this VX version. Picture was taken before I moved the tripod alignment ped to the north facing leg.

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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new [Re: dpreneta]
      #5764256 - 03/29/13 11:09 AM

Pot metal hasn't been used in decades--even by the Chinese.

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dpreneta
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new [Re: rmollise]
      #5764281 - 03/29/13 11:17 AM

My bad....sorry. Then it must be aluminum.

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Stew57
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new [Re: rmollise]
      #5764432 - 03/29/13 11:49 AM

I think the definition of pot metal has changed to include badly cast aluminum!

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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new [Re: dpreneta]
      #5765969 - 03/30/13 12:06 AM

Sweet looking setup!

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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new [Re: rigel123]
      #5766038 - 03/30/13 01:39 AM

Nice looking set up!

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geminijk
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new [Re: herrointment]
      #5766096 - 03/30/13 02:58 AM

Is it much quieter then the CG5? Congrats!

John


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dpreneta
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new [Re: geminijk]
      #5770811 - 04/01/13 01:21 PM

John,

I took it out this weekend. The noise level is about the same as the CG-5 when it slews to an object by itself or you use the keypad to slew. I went to a dark location where others observe as well and they all liked it.

David


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ScottAz
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! new [Re: dpreneta]
      #5771978 - 04/01/13 11:49 PM

Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your new mount. I am sorry to say that I have not been keeping up with Celestron's new gear and this was the first time I have seen the new VX. So, thanks!

I look forward to hearing more about it as you use it in the field and -- David -- welcome to Cloudy Nights!


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Mike X.
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Re: Celestron Advanced VX mount arrived..!! [Re: ScottAz]
      #5772878 - 04/02/13 12:54 PM

Welcome to CN and congrats for the new mount!

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