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Which 11" SCT, ASGT, Nexstar, Or CGE ????

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#26 DaveMess

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Posted 20 March 2005 - 04:58 AM

After more than a week using my C11S-GT, even with using the OPTIONAL Polal alignment scope, my 19 year old SPC-8 on it's GEM always tracked better than my new scope. The new Celestron would keep Saturn in a 10mm EP for only a couple of minutes. I found that unacceptable, and, along with a host of other small problems, decided to return it. The Meade, with it's permanent PEC and Smart drive, seems to offer more technology for the astro-imager. I hope the optics are as good! My only choice is whether to get the 10' or 12"!

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Posted 20 March 2005 - 10:32 AM

Dave:

Must have been some problem with your stuff. My CG-5 tracked Uranus the second time I used the scope for 12 minutes before I switched to another target. It tracked Jupiter that last time I used it for at least 10 minutes, and even without a perfect alignment, Jupiter was still in the FOV.

Too bad about your C-11.

#28 jrcrilly

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Posted 20 March 2005 - 11:06 AM

The Meade, with it's permanent PEC and Smart drive, seems to offer more technology for the astro-imager. I hope the optics are as good! My only choice is whether to get the 10' or 12"!


There's no doubt that the higher-end Meade can deliver better mount performance, though if you wanted to you could stick with Celestron and choose their comparable unit for a similar improvement.

The 10" Meade or the 11" Celestron forkmounts are great field setups; the 12" Meade is a very different kettle of fish. It's only 20 pounds heavier but much more awkward.

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Posted 20 March 2005 - 11:12 AM

Mine tracked saturn at f/10 with a dsi(small chip)un-assisted for over 1/2 hour.The image wandered around the screen a little but didnt drift off.
If the clutches arent tight or the 2 left right mount adjusting screws arent semi tight it will go where it wants.
Also I dont go for perfect balance,I set a little heavy on the counter weight end and a little heavy on the main mirror end.That keeps the play out of the gears.

Im very happy with my C11!

Bill

#30 nreid

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 12:43 PM

I just sold my c9.25 sgt and moved up to a nexstar GPS 11. I haven't had the 11 out yet but it is a beast. Looks great and is very solid. Nothing wrong with the sgt, I just sold all my scopes and wanted more aperature. I always had good success with the tracking and the goto. One night I wanted to look at jupiter in the mid-morning. So I selected it even though I couldn't see it above the next door house. Went to bed before I even saw it and the next morning there it was in the field of view. Tracked it for several hours. Not bad for a cheap goto in today's market.

#31 Starman1

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 05:34 PM

I have sold all my scopes and I am ready to make my first scope purchase over $2000 I have around $3000 to spend and don't mind spending more. I have had a 8" celestron newt on a asgt cg5 mount and a meade ar-5. I am ready to buy a bigger scope. I am in good health and can handle a large scope. My interest are high in planets and secondary to DSO's. For some reason the c11-s Ota is catching my eye as a good comprimise scope. I am kind of confused as to with mount to go with. The cg5 ASgt is decent and gives you the ability to mount other OTA's on it. The nexstar is probally a more sturdy and precise mount, but you loose the ability to mount another OTA. The CGE is very expensive, is it worth it over these other two options? Or would a 9.25 Celestron a better choice on planets? For some reason the Celestron website says the 9.25 is better on planets? Why?

Man why is so hard to make a new scope purchase?


Visual: CPC or Nexstar (if still available)
Photographic: CGE
Size: 9.25" or 11" depending on your budget.

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Posted 17 April 2005 - 08:48 AM

I was very unhappy with my C11 AS-GT and returned it. I might go with the Nexstar or will probably by a Meade because of it's better accuracy in pointing and tracking. Good luck on your new purchase!


Once I figured out tracking modes (finally read the manual) :smirk: , I was ok. Mine tracks dead-on for hours.

The NS11GPS is a great visual scope.

- Roger :cool:


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