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#1 HagglePig420

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 07:33 AM

hi guys i have an old manual CG5, the one with bearings in it. its a solid well built mount, but I'm looking to add an Ra drive to it with the clutch, handbox etc. does anyone know what parts i would need? im having a gard time figuring it out..

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 09:40 AM

You can find retro drive kits for your manual CG5 mount, but for the price and other benefits it’s much better to just buy a CG5 ASGT mount. You can find them for sale for as little as $300+. 
 

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 10:14 AM

HagglePie:

 

Astrogadget makes kits to upgrade manual mounts but they are in Russia (or maybe the Ukraine) and seem to be out of stock of everything.

 

https://astro-gadget.net/page/2

 

The kits like the one Stan pointed to are a can of worms.  They do work but they are slow to respond and have play in them.  Frustrating.  The last one I had, I eventually disconnected the DEC drive and went back to the slow motion control, quicker and more reliable.  If I were buying one, I would be RA only. 

 

Another option if you are handy with tools would be to adapt an CG-3/Astromaster drive. These are about $50 and motor with a speed control knob.  It would get you tracking.

 

I believe there are some do it yourself solutions, you might find them in the ATM forum.

 

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Posted 14 May 2022 - 12:20 PM

yeah thats all im really looking for, i just want a good quality mount, with simple Ra tracking, though i dont want to use those cheap drives coupled directly to the shaft and totally give up manual slow motion control.. as for declination, id rather just use a slow mo cable anyway
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Posted 14 May 2022 - 01:44 PM

You can find retro drive kits for your manual CG5 mount, but for the price and other benefits it’s much better to just buy a CG5 ASGT mount. You can find them for sale for as little as $300+. 
 

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How do you adapt that kit to the CG-5?  The link takes me to a page for the CG-4 mount drive, which has an external RA motor (the one with the right-angle bracket in the pix is the RA motor) that screws onto the outside of the mount directly in line with the worm gear, not bolted underneath the worm as the CG-5 is configured.  To my knowledge this one doesn't work on a CG-5.  Celestron and Orion have pretty much abandoned users of manual mounts in favor of goto only.

 

Also, I agree with Jon, there really is no benefit or need for a DEC drive for visual use only.  The only real use for a DEC drive goes back to the good old days of film AP and needing a DEC drive for the auto-guider.  These days, if you want to do AP, you really should just get a good heavy goto mount.


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Posted 14 May 2022 - 02:59 PM

How do you adapt that kit to the CG-5?  The link takes me to a page for the CG-4 mount drive, which has an external RA motor (the one with the right-angle bracket in the pix is the RA motor) that screws onto the outside of the mount directly in line with the worm gear, not bolted underneath the worm as the CG-5 is configured.  To my knowledge this one doesn't work on a CG-5.  Celestron and Orion have pretty much abandoned users of manual mounts in favor of goto only.

 

Also, I agree with Jon, there really is no benefit or need for a DEC drive for visual use only.  The only real use for a DEC drive goes back to the good old days of film AP and needing a DEC drive for the auto-guider.  These days, if you want to do AP, you really should just get a good heavy goto mount.

Sorry if I caused you some confusion or inconvenience. I posted the wrong drive kit. The correct Celestron kit number is #93523.  The kit that I posted fits as stated in the text, the Celestron CG4.  

 

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https://www.celestro...for-cg-5-mounts


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Posted 14 May 2022 - 07:42 PM

No problem Stan, I was curious.  I was wondering if you knew a way to mount the motor(s) to a CG-5, because if the drive I have for my CG-5 now dies, then mine will be fully manual.  I haven't used a full manual GEM for decades.


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Posted 15 May 2022 - 07:14 AM

I believe you can use this https://www.teleskop...r-EQ5-NEQ5.html or this https://www.teleskop...er-for-EQ5.html


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