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mount selection: AZ/EQ vs. EQ and imaging payload

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My interest is in astrophotography and I am narrowing down my search of a mount between Celestron CGX-EQ (EQ only, 55 lb payload) and the Celestron CGEM II (AZ/EQ, 40 lb payload).

Is there an advantage to having the AZ/EQ if my primary use is astrophotography?

The CGEM II is only rated for 40 lbs and I thought the recommendation is to only go half that (20 lbs) for astrophotography. It would be pretty easy to exceed 20 lbs at some point in the future as my telescope collection grows.

Any thoughts on the tradeoffs between these two fine mounts?


Lloyd Linnell

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