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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM

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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM #55557

mhammady wrote:

ChrisRowland wrote: I've had an AVX for many years and I think it's an excellent mount. It certainy carries 10 kg for imaging.


Thank you Chris. Do you have any issues with AVX with Ecos/Indi use?


No. If there were problems I would fix them.
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1 month 3 weeks ago 1 month 3 weeks ago by El Corazon.
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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM #55570
Out of curiosity, Chris, why did you give up your AVX mount?

I am considering getting an intermediate one between my iOptronSmartEQPro+ and my Atlas EQ/AZ. The latter being an outstanding mount in all respects and I love it, but it is getting a little too heavy and awkward to lift out through my patio door into the backyard. I am getting worried that I will slip a disk one day. The former being not precise enough for focal lengths longer than 300 mm or so.

I have been debating about the iOptronCEM25P, the HEQ-5 and the Celestron AVX.

They are all very comparable, with Pros and Cons.

What are your thoughts? Which one would you pick?

Best wishes and have a great Sunday,

Jo

Atlas Pro AZ-EQ, ASI1600MM-Pro, ASI120MM-S, ES102ED, WO-Z61, Nikon D3300, ASI-EFW, ZWO LRGB,Ha,O3,S2 filter set

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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM #55591
I haven't given up my AVX, it's the mount I use most.

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1 month 6 days ago 1 month 6 days ago by mhammady.
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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM #56393
Thank you everyone for your inputs... I ended up with Celestron AVX and I love it...

- Mohamed

Celestron 8SE
Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount
Raspberry Pi 4 Kstars-Ekos-Indi server
JMI Motofocus
OAG with ASI120MM Mini (mono) guide
Canon T3i
ZWO WFW
Celestron f/6.3 reducer

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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM #56414
I am thinking about getting an intermediate one between my iOptronSmartEQPro+ and my Atlas EQ/AZ. The latter being an notable mount in all respects and I love it, however it is getting a little too heavy and awkward to elevate out thru my patio door into the backyard. I am getting concerned that I will slip a disk one day. The former being no longer specific sufficient for focal lengths longer than 300 mm or so.

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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM #57392

ChrisRowland wrote: I haven't given up my AVX, it's the mount I use most.

Hi Chris, I had tons of issues with AVX. I received it in early June, but I decided to do a final return for a refund today. It was too much for me... I ordered HEQ5 instead.

- Mohamed

Celestron 8SE
Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount
Raspberry Pi 4 Kstars-Ekos-Indi server
JMI Motofocus
OAG with ASI120MM Mini (mono) guide
Canon T3i
ZWO WFW
Celestron f/6.3 reducer

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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM #57393
What happened between "I ended up with Celestron AVX and I love it..."
and "I had tons of issues with AVX."?

Anything we could have helped with?

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Re:Newbie need advise on buying his 1st GEM #57394
Hi Chris,

Unfortunately, it was not EKOS or any software issue. It was a defective mount. It started by mount going insane while slewing to a new target, then the HC doesn't show anything, then invalid packages 69, 86, and many others. After upgrading the firmware to fix the package issue, the enter button stopped working after a few minutes from startup!!!

Celestron tried to help, but they don't have HC units to send me (back-ordered) and don't have new mounts to replace. They offered to fix the HC unit, but I didn't like the idea of fixing a brand new mount. They accepted the return and ordered a replacement from the supplier, who confirmed today that they don't have any in stock and don't know when they can have it!!!

This was the final straw...

- Mohamed

Celestron 8SE
Sky-Watcher HEQ5 Pro mount
Raspberry Pi 4 Kstars-Ekos-Indi server
JMI Motofocus
OAG with ASI120MM Mini (mono) guide
Canon T3i
ZWO WFW
Celestron f/6.3 reducer

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