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    Default CG3 head with CGEM tripod



    I'm learning a few things the hard way, but not spending too much money (yet). I got a steal on a CGEM tripod - very sturdy. I also picked up a couple CG3 mount heads for cheap. To marry the CG3 to the CGEM, a simple 1" thick block of hard wood with a hole through the center, plus a piece of metric threaded rod and a couple wing nuts, and it's solid. A machined alum block black anodized would be more elegant, but much more expensive. Now I'm seeing the flaws in this head - lots of interference, mostly with the RA motor installed. There are parts of the sky I can't reach, in addition to the typical tripod leg interference. I also dislike the hokey DEC slow motion. I see why the better mounts are more expensive - they solve most of these problems. But, for manual observation with small-medium scopes, it's OK. The standard tripod that comes with the CG3 is puny compared to the CGEM. I would like to see a DIY GoTo system that works with a dual-motor worm-gear mount, like the old Meade 4504 (which have). There are some heavy dual- motor mounts out there without goto.

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    Default Re: CG3 head with CGEM tripod

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