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What will $2500 buy me?

Started by thomas glynn, 02/28/2016 05:30AM
Posted 02/28/2016 05:30AM | Edited 02/28/2016 05:31AM Opening Post
I've been wanting to improve my imaging mount. I had a Celestron CGEM and sold it on here two weeks ago. I still have an Ioptron ZEQ25 that I like because of the portability of it. I have been looking at the Ioptron CEM60 without the encoders. Someone said ES is coming out with a new one in April. New mounts seem to have their problems during first run. The $2500 is my max. I have a Williams GTF81 and a 6 inch acro from AstroZap. Some time later I would like to get a refractor in the 112 to 120 range. My camera is an Sbig STT8300 non guided filter wheel.
Posted 02/28/2016 06:39AM | Edited 02/28/2016 04:32PM #1
Thomas Glynn said:

I've been wanting to improve my imaging mount. I had a Celestron CGEM and sold it on here two weeks ago. I still have an Ioptron ZEQ25 that I like because of the portability of it. I have been looking at the Ioptron CEM60 without the encoders. Someone said ES is coming out with a new one in April. New mounts seem to have their problems during first run. The $2500 is my max. I have a Williams GTF81 and a 6 inch acro from AstroZap. Some time later I would like to get a refractor in the 112 to 120 range. My camera is an Sbig STT8300 non guided filter wheel.

Best bang for the buck can be found right here on AM

http://www.astromart.com/classifieds/details.asp?classified_id=910929

Have dealt with the seller several times also.....reputable and reliable

If $2500 is an absolute limit I would not have any reservations about going with the Gemini I option and adding in the polar scope and the Pelican case either. You can always upgrade to Gemini II at a later date. It already has the good imaging worm drive update and for the money there is not a better functioning and well made mount out there.

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Statham GA