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Mount Suggestions for Edge Hd 8 and planetary imaging

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#1 marinaldi

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 01:16 PM

Hi folks,  I'm thinking of buying a mount for my Celestron Edge HD 8 OTA.  I'd like to use this scope for 70% observing and 30% planetary imaging.  I've looked (online) at the iOptron CEM 28 or a Skywatcher mount.  I'd rather not use an AVX as I've had one before and I'm not that impressed by it.  My primary mount for AP is a Losmandy G11

which I use exclusively for DSO's.  This new one would be a secondary mount that I can roll in and out of my garage so I'd like to keep the mount cost below $2000.   Any suggestions about iOptron, Skywatcher, or ???

 

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 01:26 PM

Hello. Have you looked at an Evolution? Wonderful for visual, and if you have HyperStar, or a wedge, planetary imaging should work. Is it just the AVX line you didn't like, or the body of Celestron EQ choices?


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Posted 18 September 2021 - 01:35 PM

Hello. Have you looked at an Evolution? Wonderful for visual, and if you have HyperStar, or a wedge, planetary imaging should work. Is it just the AVX line you didn't like, or the body of Celestron EQ choices?

I'm looking for a GEM mount and trying to stay under $1500-2000.  Some of Celestron's higher end mounts would work but they're to expensive for a secondary mostly visual mount.  I did once own an Evolution mount with a 9.25 Celestron OTA and liked it for observation but I sold it some years ago when I went to AP and the Losmandy route.  But now I wish I'd kept it.  The reality is that I don't want to breakdown my AP Losmandy setup each time I want to use the Edge HD 8.   I also don't want to spend a ton for another mount if the most I'll be doing is planetary imaging where pointing accuracy is not too critical.



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Posted 18 September 2021 - 02:05 PM

I'm looking for a GEM mount and trying to stay under $1500-2000.  Some of Celestron's higher end mounts would work but they're to expensive for a secondary mostly visual mount.  I did once own an Evolution mount with a 9.25 Celestron OTA and liked it for observation but I sold it some years ago when I went to AP and the Losmandy route.  But now I wish I'd kept it.  The reality is that I don't want to breakdown my AP Losmandy setup each time I want to use the Edge HD 8.   I also don't want to spend a ton for another mount if the most I'll be doing is planetary imaging where pointing accuracy is not too critical.

The Skywatcher HEQ5 or EQ6-R (also EQM-35) would be a good choice (Orion has similar mounts and the SVP goto is well priced) along with the iOptron CEM26/GEM28. 


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#5 David Boulanger

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 02:15 PM

If it is for observation and planetary have you look at the Skywatcher AZ-EQ 5Pro.  It is enough mount for the 8" easily plus the choice of how you use it.

And the overall weight of the mount is reasonable.


Edited by David Boulanger, 18 September 2021 - 02:29 PM.

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Posted 18 September 2021 - 06:16 PM

I have gem28 and c8 would be pushing it a bit hard if you use the stock 1.5 inch tripod. 1.75 or thicker one would be far better. That said, it's really light weight, easy to carry.

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 01:02 AM

Thanks for all the various recommendations folks.  I'm thinking of the skywatcher AZ-EQ 5 Pro.  I like the idea of switching to AZ/ALT mode when observing.


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Posted 19 September 2021 - 11:06 AM

AZ/ALT should work well for planetary I would think.  I've only used mine in EQ mode.  




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