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27/07/2014 12:06 am  

(I realize that this is a loaded question... feel free to dodge it.)

Hi Allan,

In LEAP you have a set of general recommendations, based on a variety of price-points, for various scopes, mounts and in some cases autoguiders...

You suggest, for the two not-quite-most-expensive options, a Meade 130 APO Triplet scope. Can you say more about that scope? I have been searching, but haven't found anything I consider an authoritative review.

The Atlas Pro mount doesn't seem to be available any longer. Could you comment on the Celestron CGEM-DX mount? Do you know anyone who's had good, bad, (or other), experiences with them?



Allan Hall
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27/07/2014 10:12 am  

I have no direct experience with the Meade 130, however everything I have heard so far has been positive for a scope at it's price point. Williams Optics also makes excellent APOs in that size and price range. Orion now has a 130mm ED APO as well and from what I am hearing it is an excellent scope. One of the people who shoots where I do just got one of the Orion 130s so I hope to get a little hands on time with it soon.

The Atlas Pro looks available to me at or . It is still my top choice for a mount in it's price/weight range especially considering the encoders.

I have heard from many people who have had excellent experiences with the CGEM-DX but since they will not do what I want my mounts to do I tend to stay away from them. I tie everything together with EQMOD/EQASCOM and as of the last time I checked it does not work with Celestron mounts which makes any Celestron mount a non-starter for me.

If you do not use or plan to use EQMOD, then that would be an excellent choice for a mount. But then again, so would an iOptron iEQ30 or iEQ45.

Hope this helps.


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27/07/2014 1:40 pm  

Yes, thank you, Mr. Hall. That certainly helps.

Orion's site didn't come up anywhere near the top in a goolge search for the mount. (Maybe the internets are broken, or, perhaps the problem exists somewhere between my chair and the keyboard.) 🙄

I appreciate the information.

Be well,



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