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10 Micron GM1000HPS --- My Experience

Dec 15 2014 12:14 PM | sayitfast in German Equatorial

My first setup was working OK for me. I had a Celestron 11 inch HD scope a Hyperstar, Atik camera and a Celestron CGEM mount. I was getting images that I thought were wonderful and was overall very happy. The one major pain point I had was set up time and accuracy of the mount using was not always a fast fun experience. I found the CGEM mount overall worked well but there were some things that frustrated me which I will not go into here. I also wanted to do more advanced imagery… namely Satellites and Comets and I wanted it to be as easy as possible of course.

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My Adventures in Fixing a Meade LXD75 Mount

Jan 06 2010 08:05 AM | Middle Age Man in German Equatorial

I purchased the LXD75 mount used in June of 2006 and I'm not sure if the seller was the original owner so I'm not sure of its vintage. The mount did not come in its standard configuration as it had

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Orion Sirius Goto Mount

Dec 18 2009 06:45 AM | John F Smith in German Equatorial

I have used the Celestron C8 and C9.25 optical tubes and an Orion ED 80 refractor. For imaging I use the StarlightXpress SXVF H9 CCD camera with a TruTech Filter wheel. I use a

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Goto or Not to Goto - Losmandy G11

Sep 03 2009 07:23 AM | dmilone in German Equatorial

That is the question. At least it was for me in my personal struggle to find a new mount for astrophotography

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Meade LXD75 Mount

Aug 13 2009 06:33 AM | Guest in German Equatorial

I bought a Meade LXD75 mount when they first became available some years ago. It replaced my LXD55 mount

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Astro Physics Mach1 GTO Mount

Jan 16 2009 12:41 AM | Jared in German Equatorial

Astro Physics Mach1 GTO German Equatorial Mount

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GM2000 QCI Mount

Sep 15 2007 02:22 AM | Astro_Slacker in German Equatorial

Seasoned astrophotographers will tell you that in order to succeed in astrophotography you need three things: A good mount - a good mount - and did I mention, a good mount.

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Kenko Skymemo Mount

Dec 23 2006 03:20 AM | Samir Kharusi in German Equatorial

An ultra-portable DSLR astro tracking mount

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Orion SVP Mount

Jan 11 2006 08:30 AM | Mike B in German Equatorial

A brief shake-down cruise

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Parallax Instruments HD-250C GE Mount

Jul 03 2005 05:54 AM | Tim Povlick in German Equatorial

Review of the Parallax Instruments HD-250C GE Mount... I talked with Joe at Parallax Instruments about my requirements. He uses Byer's gears in the mounts and I knew right off this would be a big plus. Joe was working on a new mount to fit between the monster sized observatory

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Gemini G41

Mar 10 2005 10:42 AM | Guest in German Equatorial

A key issue with this type of research is to observe as many galaxies possible in a limited time frame. This means you need a robotic mount that performs well on both slewing and tracking. The CCD-chip covers about 20' min of arc and every slew will have to place the object on chip.

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Meade LXD750 vs the Losmandy G11

Mar 22 2005 12:21 PM | Guest in German Equatorial

Early in 2001 I was getting back into astronomy after a pause of nearly 10 years. I bought a Klevstov 200K OTA which weighs about 12.5Kg and needed a mount to take me to the objects I wanted to see. Goto was essential. So I turned to Cloudy Nights for inspiration, like many would be purchasers of mounts before me I had narrowed down my search to the Losmandy G11 and the Meade LXD750. The used LXD750 with #1697 goto system seemed to be considerably cheaper than the G11 with Gemini and the review by Joe D certainly gave me no cause for concern. So when one came up around $1800 on Amart I bought it.

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The New Generation of Computerized German EQ Mounts

Mar 22 2005 01:10 PM | jrcrilly in German Equatorial

In the past decade there's been a tremendous surge in the availability of computerized telescopes. The earliest popular players were the LX200 by Meade and the Ultima 2000 by Celestron. Both consisted of Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tubes permanently attached to computerized fork mounts. Fork mounts and computers were an obvious marriage, as the computer permits the mount to track accurately in the very simple and inexpensive (and stable) altitude/azimuth configuration.

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LXD55/75 MOUNT

Mar 22 2005 12:38 PM | jrcrilly in German Equatorial

This is the procedure I recommend to ensure that your LXD55/75 mount is functional and properly assembled BEFORE trying it in the dark. These simple steps will help you to become familiar with the mount and how it works, and will also help you to be sure when you try it under the stars there will be no surprises. Along the way, we'll make a few preliminary adjustments. This does not mean that we have done everything possible to optimize the mount, but the mount should be capable of delivering reasonable performance after these steps. In the future we'll have a look at some of the fine tuning possible to enhance the performance even further. Note that this was originally written before the LXD75 model was introduced. All photos are of the LXD55 mount, but everything here except the tripod assembly refers to both models.

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Orion SkyView Pro Equatorial Mount

Mar 22 2005 01:13 PM | Bill Grass in German Equatorial

When I ordered my Orion SkyView Pro 100mm refractor last fall, I anticipated the arrival of the mount just as much as the telescope itself. Having owned many cheap, flimsy equatorial mounts over the years, I was anxious to see how the beefy-looking SkyView Pro mount would perform. It certainly looked heavy-duty in the Orion catalogs, so I was confident it would be a great mount.

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Heavy duty, yet portable German Equatorial Mount

Mar 22 2005 12:25 PM | antonio zanardo in German Equatorial

At the moment of writing this article, the Celestron 11 scope and my new home made GEM equatorial mount (Picture 1) stand in front of me as a dream come true. The mount is shining like a real *gem*, by showing its parts beautifully machined out of special aluminum alloys, rustproof steel and pure bronze.

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Celestron AS-GT (CG-5 GT) GOTO EQ Mount

Mar 18 2005 12:48 PM | Guest in German Equatorial

One of the pleasures of amateur astronomy for me is sharing my views of the night sky with friends. I live several miles outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico and am fortunate to have reasonably dark and clear skies. I can haul my gear 50 feet from my front door and have a clear view of much of the night sky. My “star gatherings” were enhanced a couple of years ago by the purchase of my first GOTO system, a Meade LX90. I quickly became a fan of GOTO, and admittedly, have become somewhat spoiled by it. Like many amateurs, I’m always experimenting (to the degree the budget allows) with different types of telescopes and gear. I’ve had 10 different scopes and several different mounts over the past several years. I currently own two 6” Russian maks, a 10” Schmidt-Newtonian, and the LX90. My other scopes ride on a Losmandy GM-8 equatorial mount. I’m very pleased with the GM-8 mount, except for one thing. It doesn’t have GOTO. When I checked out the Gemini GOTO system from Losmandy, I found that the GOTO add-on by itself was as much as the GM

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Synta/Skywatcher EQ-6 Mount

Mar 28 2005 07:37 AM | Guest in German Equatorial

The first rumours regarding a new heavy-duty mount from Synta began to spread during year 2000, but it was Spring 2001 before some preview mounts appeared. The first, real things has been on sale only since last 2001 quarter.

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Universal Astronomics Millenium Mount

Mar 28 2005 09:34 AM | Guest in German Equatorial

I like observing the sky with binoculars. I also like late nights out under the stars. What I don't like is the way these two activities usually interact, namely, long-term binocular viewing leads to considerable fatigue, inducing jitters and shakes which make the whole event less pleasant and productive than it could be and significantly reduces observing time. Over the years I've owned a variety of telescope mounts, including a Meade LX200 computerized system,

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Parallax HD150C Mount

Mar 22 2005 01:01 PM | Guest in German Equatorial

I got ambitious last year and purchased a nice 10 inch Mak. Delivery time was almost a year, so in a normal world, this would be plenty of time to get an appropriate mount, right? Well, we all know what kind of world some of the astronomical products live in. I don't need instant gratification, but I wanted a premium quality mount that could handle heavy loads (large scope, piggy-backed small refractor, accessories, cameras, etc.), and I wanted it before "The-Big-2003-Mars-Event". I also wanted a mount that could handle mild abuse from college students doing occasional undergraduate research.

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Celestron’s CG-5 (aka “clone”) compared to Vixen’s Super/Great Polaris Line (with a few comments...

Mar 28 2005 07:30 AM | gnowellsct in German Equatorial

When I was a kid my mother gave me a 4.25” Optical Craftman telescope on a rock solid equatorial mount with a cast-iron pedestal. It was hard to move around but it was smooth and tracked well. I was very lucky: at the age of 10, after struggling with a very flimsy Edmund Scientific for two years (the legs kept falling off), my mother, a science teacher, decided I had an interest worth taking seriously. My early teen years with the Optical Craftsman (which is still in the family) scope conditioned me, as it were, to a fairly high standard of performance.

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Losmandy GM-8 Mount

Mar 28 2005 09:23 AM | Guest in German Equatorial

I remember my excitement the day when my new 6" Maksutov Cassegrain telescope arrived. It was a thing of beauty - compact, beautifully designed, clearly well built and best of all - exotic. I quickly attached the scope to my Taiwanese equatorial mount (about $230 retail) and waited for the sky to clear up so I could get first light with the scope.

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Vixen GP-DX Equatorial Mount Vixen Sky Sensor 2000 PC GOTO System

Mar 28 2005 09:25 AM | Dave Novoselsky in German Equatorial

A common question on most newsgroups and eGroups (pardon me, Yahoo groups) as well as elsewhere on the Net is where can one find a good, reasonably priced EQ mount? Another equally common question is where can I get a "good, reasonably priced GOTO system?" (Is there an echo in here, Dave?)

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The William Yang GT1 Mount

Mar 28 2005 09:30 AM | Skyman83 in German Equatorial

I bought the version that didn't come with the Vixen Skysensor as I already had one. It arrived in 3 boxes which contained the head, tripod, accessory tray, and a 15.5 pound counter weight. My first impression was it was packed very well. The head was double boxed, the accessory tray was in the outer box in it's own box. The tripod was double boxed and the weight was single boxed. All filled with styrofoam beans. It was very well packed!

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Mountain Instruments MI250 GOTO Mount

Mar 28 2005 09:35 AM | Guest in German Equatorial

I haven't seen many reviews of the Mountain Instruments MI250 Goto German Equatorial Mount so I thought that I would share some of my experiences. My love of astronomy was sparked as a seventh grader in Mr. Bruce's science class and it has continued for some 20 years since. Over the years, I've owned SCT, Newtonian and classical Cassegrain telescopes and also have had the pleasure of using a couple of large (7" +) university refractors including a historic Fitz refractor while a midshipman at the US Naval Academy. I have also ground and figured an 8" mirror and have ground and partially figured a 12.5" mirror (a work in perpetual progress). The 8" F6 I am currently using I built myself.

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