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    Default Which mount should I bring?



    Going to the darkest skies I've ever seen tomorrow. I bought an LX75 thinking I would bring that however I have not had a chance to test its guiding ability. Go to seems to work fine the autostar system is a little weird but it does seem to point fine. Just going to be using a new AT 66mm so carrying capacity is not an issue. I did give the scope a quick test on my cgem even without proper balance 30 second unguided gave me perfect stars and a nice field of view.

    I could bring my cgem but I'm really scared to take it off the pier. I have not had to polar align it in almost a year and have not even made any minor adjustments in many months. A secondary factor is the mount would be away for an additional week or so as I am flying (for a wedding) and other family members are driving so they would be transporting the mount for me. Either way I would still have a mount at home..

    Hopefully tonight is clear and I can give the lx75 a trial. At the very least I can make sure everything balances okay. Assuming it does, which mount do you think I should take? Go for broke and take the cgem, or use the mount I bought at this time specifically for this trip? - I do plan on taking the LX75 to local dark skies and using it for solar imaging so it's not like I bought it just for this trip, I just happened to buy it at this time because of the trip.
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    Default Re: Which mount should I bring?

    If you are interested in just relaxing and enjoying yourself ther lx75 woudl be my choice between the 2..IF you are serious about ASP..then the CGem hands down...

    I own an Lx55 (earlier model of the Lx75) and to be frank I HATE it...its goto accuracy and tracking is worst them I am if I was at the local bar throwing darts left handed after a few beers... The Lx75 "is supposed" to be much better then the Lx55 and I sure hope so.

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    Default Re: Which mount should I bring?

    Well i wouldnt dismount the cgem for a week for visual work. i would take the 75. when you get back youll still have perfect alignment. but the choice is yours.. have fun
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    Default Re: Which mount should I bring?

    No visual work will be done. I own 3 eyepieces 2 are 25mm that came with scopes and I have another cheap 15mm plossol somewhere. Photography or bust.
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    Default Re: Which mount should I bring?

    I think I might have to take the cgem. I'm having trouble balancing the refractor with an 11lb counterweight it's too much weight which is odd considering how heavy the refractor is. Also the LX saddle and small dovetail of the AT 66mm makes it hard as well. On the CGEM it's much easier...
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