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#1 Obone236

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:37 AM

Hello all,

After reading, reading and reading. I decided against the CGEM ii 800 HD Set up. I am going with a refractor as 98% are recommending. 

 

Here is what I have - 

Canon 90D

Tamron 70/200 F2.8

Star adventurer pro

Laptop

 

This is in the shopping cart from telescopes.net -

CGEM II EQ Mount (Couldn't find any other recommended mounts in stock anywhere HEQ6 ect)

Sky-Watcher Evostar 100 ED APO

Sky Watcher 48mm Camera Adapter Canon EOS

Celestron CG-5 CGEM Polar Finderscope

 

I will still need guide scope and tracker any recommendations?

 

Do I have everything minus guide scope and tracker to get going in AP

 

Thank you for your help.

 



#2 otocycle

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:43 AM

What about a field flattener...like this or equivalent ?

 

https://www.skywatch...for-evostar-100


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#3 Dynan

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:53 AM

Have you looked into software? BackYard EOS is a great program for a Canon DSLR.

 

https://www.otelesco.../2-backyardeos/



#4 Obone236

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:58 AM

Apollo,Thank you Added to the list

 

Soyuz, I have not looked into it but, that looks awesome! Will download! 



#5 terry59

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 10:13 AM

My negative impression of the CGEM  is based solely on what I read here so take it with a grain of salt.....if your budget allows I recommend looking at the Losmandy G11



#6 DRK73

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 10:39 AM

I had a CGEM and hated it. Fine for planetary imaging or general use, but absolute trash for imaging and I couldn't unload it fast enough. The Orion Atlas (aka Skywatcher EQ6) was a night and day improvement. The Orion Atlas II is not available for another month, but the sky isn't going anywhere. It's worth being patient and getting good gear. Being impulsive and buying the first available mount you can get is just going to guarantee you'll be losing money trying to unload it later when you're shopping for a better mount. 



#7 Dynan

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 10:45 AM

Obone...just a heads-up. You are using people's Activity rating instead of their names. I am Dynan with a rating of Soyuz.

Fret not...many of us have done it, including me. smile.png



#8 Obone236

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 10:51 AM

OH boy I sure did.. hahah. my bad. Thank Dynan!

 

DRK73, Is there a difference between the CGEM and the CGEM II? I am getting the CGEM II. 



#9 OldManSky

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 02:41 PM

I'm not sure if "none of the mounts I wanted are in stock, so I'm going to get whatever's available" is such a good idea...  :)

 

Another prod for a flattener.  You'll want it.

And consider waiting for the mount you want, too.  I've never used one, but my impression from people who have about the CGEM II is firmly negative...I could be wrong of course.



#10 calypsob

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:14 PM

I strongly advise against the cgem II, look at an eq6r instead. The eq6r is superior in so many ways.


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#11 idclimber

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Posted 05 August 2020 - 03:18 PM

There are mounts listed in the classified section here almost daily. Purchasing a mount that is not suitable or recommended for AP is a common mistake here. I have no opinion or first hand knowledge on the CGEM II.

 

This mistake It results in lots of frustration and usually weeks of wasted time. Then the person either gives up or spends more money replacing the mount.

 

The mount is the foundation of AP and as such is IMHO the most important component to success. 




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