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    Default minimal mount for C-11?



    I am in the market for a C-11. However, due to monetary restrictions, I
    cannot afford an expensive mount like the Losmandy. So, are there
    alternatives and, if so, what are they? My purpose is for visual and webcam
    planetary use, no long exposure work at this time. From what I've heard,
    the Orion Atlux (or is it Atlas?) is supposed to support up to 11" SCT's,
    but not sure. I've also heard of vibration problems with this mount that
    are hard to get rid of, so what does that leave?
    Joel



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    Default minimal mount for C-11?

    If you can find a late model Ultima 11 (1998 or later) used, you'll get a
    good fork mount/equatorial wedge/drive and C11 for under $2000.00 That
    would be my recommendation

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    Clear Skies,

    Chuck

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    Default minimal mount for C-11?

    I use my GP mount+ SS2K, for C-11, check it out!

    http://f2.pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/gys.../ph//my_photos

    Julius



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    Default minimal mount for C-11?


    "Szaki" <szaki10@comcast.net> wrote in message
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    That's very interesting. Just what kind of stability do you have with that
    set up? I would think that the wind might give you problems. I currently
    have the GC-5, which is the washed down version of the GP-DX. It's always
    been my understanding though that even with the GC-5, the maximum scope size
    is the C9.25.

    Joel


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    Default minimal mount for C-11?

    >

    Hi:

    Well...maybe. I love my Ultima 8. But, frankly, the drivebase and wedge (same,
    basically as that used on the 11) are just about at their limit with that OTA.
    Even the 8 is a heavy mutha, too.

    Much depends on what's planned for the scope, too. For visual use, the U11 is
    fine. demanding imaging? Probably not.

    As for the Atlas...I've heard a lot of conflicting things about the mount. I
    think joining the Yahoo EQ6 group and seeing the way the wind blows there is a
    wise thing.


    Peace,
    Rod Mollise
    Author of _Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope_
    Like SCTs and MCTs?
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    Default minimal mount for C-11?


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    Rod,
    Would a permanent pier with the standard Ultima wedge on top alter your
    opinion about the Ultima 8? I plan to load it up with other "stuff" once I
    get it set up. Should I be concerned about the drive base handling the load?

    -Stephen



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    Default minimal mount for C-11?

    >Would a permanent pier with the standard Ultima wedge on top alter your

    Hi:

    A permanent pier might help. But the biggest difference is made by a
    heavier-duty wedge. Even though I can't quite mount the U8 on the APT wedge,
    due to the its design---I can only tighten down one scope attachment bolt--the
    setup is still decidedly steadier on the Celestron tripod than with Celestron's
    heavy duty wedge.

    Yes, I think the drivebase will _handle_ the load as long as you maintain
    balance, but rock steady? Probably not.


    Peace,
    Rod Mollise
    Author of _Choosing and Using a Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope_
    Like SCTs and MCTs?
    Check-out sct-user, the mailing list for CAT fanciers!
    Goto <http://members.aol.com/RMOLLISE/index.html>

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    Default minimal mount for C-11?

    I wouldn't compare the CG-5 to the GP-DX, since it 's a different animal,
    maybe to the GP. The C-9.25 was sold with the CG-5 mount, but still the
    aluminum legs were the week point. GP and the CG-5 EQ heads have two large
    ball bearing inside, what's been used for a small car axle, had a chance to
    see it. My GP's wooden legs are much sturdier, but most likely will build a
    heavier wooden legs later, makes even more stable..
    C-9.25 OTA weight is 16LB my C-11 is 22LB, so only 6lb difference. With my
    GP and C-11 combination, I wouldn't take long exposure photos, but for
    planets is no problem. Surprisingly very stable, 3-4 second vibration, I can
    track and focus on high power. SS2K drive is very accurate and with the
    Vixen polar scope, alignment on Polaris is very easy and accurate.
    I can use over 100x power and slew to objects they would come into the FOV.

    Julius


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    Default minimal mount for C-11?

    The CG-5 is actual a clone of the Vixen GP, not the higher rated GPDX

    Rich


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    Default minimal mount for C-11?

    On Sat, 31 Jul 2004 20:10:36 +0100, "Richard Darn"
    <mail@richarddarn.demon.co.uk> wrote:


    Rich, the word clone implies an exact copy. I submit that in no way
    is the CG-5 a *clone* of the GP. A (highly inferior) copy, perhaps,
    but certainly not a clone.

    Nuthin' like a little verbal nit-pickin', huh? <grin>

    Wayne Hoffman
    33° 49" 17' N 117° 56" 41' W
    "Don't Look Down"

    http://users.adelphia.net/~w6wlr/

 

 
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