Hi and thank you for reading this.
Just like some of you and eventually all of you have and will experience, the RA CGE-Pro motor will eventually fail. The reason being (apparently) is the faulty design by Celestron using a low voltage motor with very high amperage which eventually cooks the brushes. This wouldn't be a problem if Celestron did the right thing and supported their product but not only they don't support their flagship mount but they don't even sell or procure the parts and motors for you to fix the darn thing.
Looking around for motors I came across several "vendors" who offered the same faulty motor for anywhere from 450 to over 600 dollars with no guarantee that it's not going to fail again....the company that manufactured these motors require a 6 month lead and a minimum order of 10 motors (all which would eventually fail of course)
I tried ordering other mounts but because of the pandemic, wars and excuses we're talking about the end of the year at least...(I need a heavy duty at least 70 lbs and higher payload).
Check Mate...but wait!
After some research online I came across the Onstep movement and through them, I contacted Chad Gray of https://graydigitalarts.com/. He offered to help and I purchased his complete CGE Pro Onstep conversion system (brackets,enclosures, motors, hand controller computer..everything!) for the price of ONE Celestron faulty motor and now I'm fully back in business and better!.
I received tremendous help from Chad who supports his system fully and even a couple of Zoom sessions helping me setup the software.
I have very little mechanical skills I am mainly a Telescope operator and I would never have dared get "inside" the mount before this but his system is very easy to install and the computer is pre programmed so it's mainly a mechanical exercise.
Here's the video of my experience installing the system. I didn't even have to remove the mount or the scope to install the conversion kit and the enclosures look professional and neat.
Up until recently I used Sequence Generator Pro but now I use N.I.N.A and the ASCOM driver works great with both.
So, since there's no YELP for Astronomers, I thought this would be a great place to voice my thanks to Gray Digital Arts and Chad Gray for his system and to give kudos to the Onstep community for stepping up (pun intended) to the challenge.
The Maury Lewin Astronomical Observatory
Glendora, CA. USA
Edited by pablotwa, 01 April 2022 - 06:58 PM.