I really must take this opportunity to thank the OP and everyone for bringing this to my attention - Thank You!
I was casting about for a new mount last night after viewing with the Jason Comet 750 and suffering thru it's mount - really the last straw - and it seemed I should find something to semi-dedicate to running Comets two at a time. Something new, something with slo-mos and I headed out to look at the Exos Nano Eq and the IExos 100 and a few others. For insight and reference I searched here and ran into this thread. I went to Highpoint, took a glance, decided the LX70 was a CG-4 and started to move on. But it is a good price and there had been one or two mentions of it being CG-5 class, despite similarities in payload and component weights and so I came back and finished reading. My my my - Groupoid's got a C8 on it (I have a C8), Geo has some stepper pix, TC and Griff like it and have pictures!
So, it's not another CG-4 (which runs around $300 currently) - it's a fine bit better! And less expensive! And Jondi, Griff and TC all like it, Selfo, Griff, & TC all thought enough of it to pull the trigger... but this was the kicker:
This deal was just too good to pass up. I’ve been wanting to make my C Omni CG-4 more of my basic g&g GEM since I let go of my old Vixen Polaris mount a while back. In doing so I’ve been wanting to remove the dual-drive system from the CG-4 and return use of the manual slow motions, mainly since (1) only the dec, not the R.A. is clutched, (2) the nylon gears, and (3) the way the drives really just stick out there. I’ve liked the little CG-4 a lot and it has served me well over the past six or eight years I’ve had it. So today, I deleted the drives and added back a set of slow motion controls. I also went ahead and ordered one of these now LX70s and the dual drive system and polar scope from High Point. The drive seems beefier and appears to have larger worm gearing, its reported to be more of a CG-5 and has ball bearings, both drives are clutched, and all the drive gears are brass. I hope I will be pleased. It will be interesting to actually compare the two side by side.
I take note when TC makes a call like that - I've two CG-4s (one motorised) and I do like it better sans drives - it's a real peach manually. So I copycatted her, shamelessly. Now, I want to mention I take note when Jon, Jon, Jond, Griff, Alan, Jeff, Erin etc. make a call or provide advice - but Terra did a lot of work and gave me the 'final' push down the path the rest of you got me on - thank you, all!
I added my first ED to the order as well - based on similar indirect advice, including that of Magister Pensack, I chose an SV80 Access over an Orion ED80 or Evostar ProED 80 - I was leaning towards the Orion because I'm stingy, the Evostar for it's accessories, but then saw gmillerok1's write-up, and Jon's "If the extra money is there for the Access, I'd go for it." posted elsewhere settled that for me. And I was looking at 80EDs since Terra said somewhere, essentially, "get or look through any decent 80ED..." and it is time, I suppose...
Now, because I'm me, I haven't given up on the 102mm f/9.8 (& mount) I'm chasing to compare to the AR102L / 1350 that's coming in Saturday and will likely spend a good deal of it's time on this LX70, even though doing so would have allowed me to pick up an SV102 Access this go-round. And that is because (I kid you not) TC said an 80ED and that's what I have planned on since she gave that advice to whomever wherever and I like to try to stick to whatever jumbled plan I have.
And I rambled all this out because of that "Are we helping?" thread recently - yes, you all are. Every decision made in this particular purchase was based on one or more somethings one or more of you posted, and that should give you warm fuzzies. . And if any part of this purchase turns out to be a 'mistake' - it will be my mistake for not reading more - and I almost already made that mistake at the very start of this "LX70" business.
<slight pause for woodsplitting, cooking Sybil's dinner, and acquiring 102 f/9.8 & CG-4, Thank You, Urania! >
You matter, the lot of you - Clear Skies, Sharp Eyes, and Thank You!