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#1 twhite

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:19 PM

Meade 320

Isn't that a Mizar mount?

#2 Jae

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:24 PM

Yes....nice. But didn't we have a recent discussion that the lens on the Towa was better than this one ?

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 09:36 PM

It looks like a Mizar.

Mizar stuff was pretty good from what I read....no experience with it personally.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 11:25 AM

Yes....nice. But didn't we have a recent discussion that the lens on the Towa was better than this one ?


I think this is the same exact scope we were discussing...

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#5 EJN

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 11:36 AM

I think this is the same exact scope we were discussing...


See:
This thread

I have an identical OTA w/o mount.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 11:50 AM

I think this is the same exact scope we were discussing...


See:
This thread

I have an identical OTA w/o mount.


Thanks for the link. I am quite sure the scope being sold is the one we discussed previously. The sellers name is Will Day, the poster here was Will and there was a similar discussion at the same time on the AM forums by Will Day...

I would be interested in knowing if he gets the $300...

Jon

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 12:44 PM

Yes this is the same one. I intended to keep it but now need to replace my everyday GEM (CG-5) and do not wish to add the cost of a divorce to the price. I've had a few nibbles. Wish me luck...

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 07:33 PM

Yes this is the same one. I intended to keep it but now need to replace my everyday GEM (CG-5) and do not wish to add the cost of a divorce to the price. I've had a few nibbles. Wish me luck...


So whats the story with the GEM???

My EQ-3 controller died earlier this year and I was not looking forward to spending the $100+ to buy a new one. Last night I mentioned it to a house guest who retired a while back after 30 years of working on an electronics bench. He finished taking it apart, found some corrosion on the circuit board that had damaged a connection. He clean it up, jumpered the bad spot and it's all up and running...

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 08:41 PM

Durng the last moonless weekend I took great care in prepping for some long(ish) exposures with the 8" Newt. I'm now positive that an older CG-5 is not up to the task no matter what I do. So I suppose if I'm honest I 'want' to replace it. It's to do with M51 and this obsession...
You'll no doubt recall how excited I was with the 320, it's great fun but there is a limit to what I can bring through the front door. Frankly I'm feeling a little sheepish about selling it & I may have too much in it, live and learn.

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 09:39 PM

i need a cg5 ;) :jump:

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 10:03 PM

When I sell, this one it will not be expensive. It's not pretty but it tracks ok for what it is. I just can't get beyond about 30 to 40 seconds. I think it's an older one but it's got ball bearings for the RA.

I don't know what to get, an Atlas is just out of reach I think. (See last line of your sig)

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 01:23 PM

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#13 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 05:31 PM

>>>Durng the last moonless weekend I took great care in prepping for some long(ish) exposures with the 8" Newt. I'm now positive that an older CG-5 is not up to the task no matter what I do. So I suppose if I'm honest I 'want' to replace it.
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Is it the tracking or the stability of the mount?? I had one of the full ball/roller bearing CG-5's with an 8 inch F/5 Newt. The standard extruded aluminum tripod is a loser. A solid tripod will help in the vibration department.

I replaced that CG-5 with a CG-5 ASGT, those 2 inch SS legs are great... Not sure though if the mount is upto an 8 inch F/5 for astrophotography.

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Posted 29 June 2007 - 09:33 PM

First let me say I didn't intend to shift this thread. I just wanted to let everyone know it was the same scope. This is a "classics" forum and I value the advice I've gotten here, sorry to continue off topic.

It seems to track well with a careful drift alignment. Generally I think its a tad light for the tube and I'd like to be able to accurately correct for any PE etc so something more stable and sophisticated is in order.


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