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Anthonyexmouth

Mount pros' con's

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ok, so im very happy with my new SW star adventurer, but as i am only using it in my garden i'm thinking of getting something bigger and saving the SWSA for nights out to the local moors or dark cliff side locations. Now, the HEQ5 and the celestron AVX are the same ish price. what i'd like to know are the pros and cons of each. the AVX must have something going for it although the heq6 seems incredibly popular. 

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From what I've seen the Skywatcher mounts seem to lend themselves nicely to using EQMOD. The Celestron mounts, not so much. 

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14 hours ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

I'm heavily leaning to the heq5 but wondering why someone would choose the avx over it. 

I would as I have no experience with skywatchers.. either way both excellent mounts so can't really go wrong

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16 hours ago, Anthonyexmouth said:

I'm heavily leaning to the heq5 but wondering why someone would choose the avx over it. 

As an AVX owner I could swap this question around quite easily ?

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33 minutes ago, Stargazer McCabe said:

As an AVX owner I could swap this question around quite easily ?

What was your deciding factor in buying the avx?

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The difference really boils down to whether you like black or white better. Maybe it's more popular in the UK, I couldn't find one of the top 4 or 5 sellers in the US who show the HEQ5 in their ads. It's a very close rebrand of the Orion Sirius EQ-G (both are made by Synta). As an owner of an AVX mount as well as a Skywatcher mount (EQ6-R Pro), I'm beginning to like the Synscan better than Nexstar for navigating the menu. But between the AVX and HEQ5, even though they are rated the same capacity, I think the AVX is a slightly more robust mount.

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