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#1 Don-richardo

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:52 AM

hello folks, i'm looking onto getting a celestron CG4 mount for my 79 model C8. of course my budget's low lol. any opinions? thanks



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:00 AM

I tried this combo. It's not steady at over 75x.

 

Get a used CG-5 or just keep the scope on the forks.



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Posted 25 August 2019 - 08:07 AM

I actually had good luck with that combo in the past.The cg5 is certainly a better choice but if properly balanced you can get reliable performance for little money.To me,the cg4,seems a better mount than the early great polaris that Celestron once sold with an 8.

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Posted 25 August 2019 - 07:46 PM

How about the Orion Sky View Pro? ;)

It's a CG5 class mount, my C8 is very happy on it :)

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Posted 26 August 2019 - 12:46 PM

I had a CG4 and while I know the mount has a lot of fans I'm not one of them. I replaced it with a Vixen GP which I found to be a much better mount. The Sky View Pro is a well done clone of the GP and would get my vote over the CG4 hands down.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 06:35 PM

It won't be worth a hoot.  Maybe a LX70 or GP at the least.


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Posted 27 August 2019 - 10:22 PM

I, too, tried my C-8 on the CG-4 - one time. 

 

Get something else.



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Posted 28 August 2019 - 03:36 PM

hello folks, i'm looking onto getting a celestron CG4 mount for my 79 model C8. of course my budget's low lol. any opinions? thanks

Fine for visual and planet image with a 6 inch mak.  C8 would be pushing that mount.

 

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 10:33 AM

The CG-4 tops out with a C6SCT. I have a CG-4 and I love it for my Tak FS-60 and AT-92. It was even an excellent mount for my AT-102. I recently bought a C6 SCT because the smaller refractors just couldn't pull out the small messiers in my back yard very well. The C6 gets the job done and balances well on my CG-4.

Anything more then the C6 is too much weight for the CG-4 because I don't like shaky overloaded mounts. I have a C8 but wont even try it on my CG-4. I have a Vixen GP-DX for that scope.

The C8 on a CG-4 would balance with enough counterweights but it cant be a good experience.

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#10 Don-richardo

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Posted 29 August 2019 - 01:18 PM

Thanks guys! The skyview pro seems to get the vote ir's a bit more but i may go that way.


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