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Richard Gayer

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celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:52:49 PM »
I was thinking about getting a Atlas mount. but now was thinking about saving a bit more for a CGX or a Losmandy GII,
Heard there was a hard learning curve for losmandy mount and CGX was easy to operate out of box. Never had any experience with EQ mount, would love to hear about how this forum feels about these two mounts, close to same price range, so please help me decide, been reading alot on this forum, awsome thanks guys...



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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2017, 12:27:52 PM »
I have the G8, which is the smaller version of the G11 and have Gemini 2 installed on mine. Personally I found learning the Gemini 2 system very easy, just watched some tutorials and read information onhttp://gemini-2.com. I also subscribe to the Losmandy Yahoo group and can ask just about any Losmandy question and get an answer.

The reason I chose Losmandy wasn't for it's looks or being the most modern, I wanted something that was tried and true, had great build quality and great support because I knew I'd need it. I also wanted something made in the USA, was easy to maintain and if I needed support I wanted someone on the other end of the phone that could answer questions.

My suggestion is to visit some star parties where members have both mounts and talk to them about their experiences with both.

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2017, 09:23:56 PM »
Thanks rkaufmann87, and thanks for link

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 07:01:03 AM »
T-Rexs,

I would start with Losmandy's youtube channel since Scott runs through the usage of the hand controller in a few videos, then i'd join the Yahoo support groupto see all the discussed subjects from hardware to software. As for the CGX, it had a rough start but people are reporting some nice performance so far, you can search C for "CGX".

Hope this helps

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2018, 12:38:03 AM »
Thanks Hamzakt, thank goodness for you tube, you can learn anything on this, going there now

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 08:45:51 AM »
had my hopes up for CGX but reading alot of bad reviews

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 04:47:20 PM »
The CGX is early in its life cycle. We, and Celestron, are discovering what its quirks are. On the other hand the G11 is a mature product with very few if any surprises. Celestron has a history of 'ship it and let the paying customer tell us what's not right'. I'd watch the threads for a few more months to find out where the CGX is.

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2018, 07:32:31 AM »
Not only is the CGX early in its life  cycle, but you are hearing from a few people having problems with substantial discussion trying to work thru the issues.  Some are QA problems and a couple are operator error or similar.   Most of the 300 plus new CGX owners are just out using their mount.  I would say either choice would be excellent for their price range. 
Stan

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 08:53:54 AM »
I would hold off both the CGX and CGX-L - I (and a few others) have concerns about the current design of the belt drive system and I suspect a new revision (which probably wont be announced) will be needed to fix it.

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2018, 12:51:01 PM »
I had the same decision a few months ago. I finally went with the CGX and could not be happier. (I would probably be just as happy with the G11 though)
My final decision came down to this:

Handle on the CGX makes it easier to carry. (I am getting older)
Internal cables makes setup and takedown easier. (I setup and takedown every night)
Nice polar alignment feature.
It seems to be more beginner proof.
It was available now (not sure when the ES G11 was coming in.)
A little cheaper (Keeps the wife happy)

Since I am a total newb with these goto mounts it was the best choice for me.

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 08:24:41 AM »
G11 is a good choice, I have had two and now have a Titan and a G8 (for star parties). Gemini 2 is easy to learn. Losmandy mounts are easy to maintain and Scott gives excellent service if you need it. That said, I have not used a CGX, so I can provide no comparison.
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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 07:33:33 AM »
No CGX experience but I am well experienced with both the Nexstar+ & Gemini II. Both have their pluses and minuses but the more I use the Gemini the more I like it. The gemini-2.com site explains every part of it with a nice virtual walk through of the interface. I love the Ethernet interface and the ability to program custom observing sites so I don't need GPS. The one downside is you need to align on six stars, three for each side of the meridian, to build an accurate model. But the pointing accuracy is great and the tracking PE curve is IMO the best you can get in this class of mount. I use the PoleMaster with has done very well for me I can usually get 120 seconds unguided when the PA & balance is precise. Very stable too you can't go wrong with its proven reliability. With the optional RA extension you can track well past the meridian and it splits the mount in two making for easy transport.

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 07:10:16 PM »
The Gemini II G11 is a decent, if not premium mount. Is it better than the CGX? That's hard to say at this point. Its build quality is higher.

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2018, 01:42:28 AM »
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The Gemini II G11 is a decent, if not premium mount. Is it better than the CGX? That's hard to say at this point. Its build quality is higher.

I would hope so it's a 20 something year old design. Cable management on the G11 is awful. No through mount cabling. But they are getting away from the motors that just hang out there.

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Re: celestron cgx vrs losmandy GII
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2018, 08:15:30 AM »
Thanks for Feedback guys, I'm definitely buying one of these 2 mounts, got 1 or 2 months before buying, so going to learn what i can on both mounts.
Thanks Again