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  1. Only problem for me is that the CG5-GT doesn't have an AUX port - can it plug into the handset?

    I have the older discontinued version of this GPS unit called a CN16, and it fits both my celestron scope setups including the CG5-GT - i believe this unit is pretty much the same as the CN16. In which case you plug this unit into the 'handset' port then the handset plugs into the bottom of this unit.

    This particular one does seem expensive, but shop around - i picked mine up from ebay for less than £50 a year or so ago, and as a previous poster says its saved me countless time and its brilliant.

    I plonk the cg5 down in the garden, turn on the power supply and by the time i've done a rough level and polar align, the handset is full of gps data and ready to go - well worth it.

  2. The first-light WOW for me and my first little 'Tasco' scope years ago was on a sunny saturday afternoon...

    set it all up and focussed on the farthest thing i could see...

    an air-con unit on the roof of a tower block about a mile away :p

    made me go wow though - i could see the rivets holding the hinges on the doors!!! :):eek:;):)

    (things have got better since then) :D

  3. Hi knobby, i have the 4SE and an 8inch newt (dob on three legs) both celestron, both brilliant for different reasons.

    As an earlier poster suggested you cant go wrong with the 4Se for portability, durability and reliability. Its a sinch to set up, with a bit of practise and care at setup it stays on target for long viewing sessions, or you can 'manually' adjust with the handset.

    I dont recommend the onboard battery setup, but a cheap power pack from maplins will run it for 5-6 hours easy.

    A nice quality EP will show you wonders and if balanced carefully i can mount my canon 20D or 50D (not lightweight at all!!) with remote timer et al and get some nice short exposure moonshots/planetary shots as well.

    As for the difference with the 8incher, its down to what your looking at in the black stuff - accuracy of collimation, etc.

    But i would say the clincher is.. i suffer with degen discs in my back and some nights the 8inch kit is more than i can face, but ten to fiftenn minutes later the little 4SE is up, aligned and ready to go.

    So there is a ramble that may shed some light - hope it helps :p

  4. Dear Dave - i hope your SCT is 235mm dia - otherwise it is kin huge:eek::BangHead::eek:

    sorry - just another metro-imperial pedant:rolleyes:

    "Dave Smith; Interesting. My SCT is definitely 9.25 inches and I have to struggle to remember that is 2350mm when wanting to calculate the magnification."

  5. My early 90's stargazing kit was a TASCO GALAXSEE (four inch newtonian reflector if i remember correctly - silver tube) and a rather tatty (then!) 1979 first edition copy of 'The Macmillan Dictionary of Astronomy' - i couldn't afford subs to any magazines - ah those where the days...

  6. :p:eek::) oh my god - i was joking with the 'ministry of the interior' about being able to see footprints on the moon because the resolution was so good - you've found them... brilliant!!! took me a while to locate on the image... follow the spider trails (moon rover tracks?)2/3rds way down just below the 'cone crater' from centre of image the thin lines lead left... to small sharp white object on the left. :D:hello2:

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