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Celestron CG-5 Computerized Telescope Mount

Item# CELE054
 
4.0

(18 Ratings)

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A mount fantastic!


Celestron's new computerized CG-5GT mount is one of the world's finest. Its German equatorial design features precision gearing for smooth, effortless pointing and slewing and the ultimate in stability. There's a convenient latitude scale for easier alignment


The CG-5GT mount also allows access to features like automatic star alignment capability and GoTo slewing to more than 40,000 celestial objects. Equipped with high-speed motors and hand control, the CG-5GT mount will take you anywhere you want to go quickly and conveniently! Mount weighs 18 lbs., tripod weighs 12 lbs.


Specifications:

  • 40,000-plus-object data base and more than 400 user-defined, programable objects
  • Enhanced information on more than 200 objects
  • Double line, 16 character liquid crystal display with hand control
  • DC Servo motors with encoders on both axes
  • 4-degree/second maximum slewing speed
  • RS-232 communication port on hand control
  • Auxiliary port and autoguider port on motor drive.

Supplier Sku:
91518

Dimensions & Specifications

Type

Equatorial Mounts

Brand

Celestron

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Celestron CG-5 Computerized Telescope Mount
 
4.0

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (12)
  • Accurate (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good padding (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (12)
    • Astrophotography (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Incredible value for the money!!!

    I bought this mount to use for astrophotography. I was looking for something that wasn't as heavy as my other EQ mount and easier to transport. After doing an extensive amount of reasearch on ...Read complete review

    I bought this mount to use for astrophotography. I was looking for something that wasn't as heavy as my other EQ mount and easier to transport. After doing an extensive amount of reasearch on mounts in this range I settled on the Celestron Advanced Series CG-5GT. Not only after using a discount code did Telescopes.com have the best price for the mount[...] I don't use this mount for anything other than Astrophotography so this review will be focused more on using it for A.P. I am using this mount with about 20lbs of equipment and it seems to track very well with that amount of weight. For visual use it can be used with about 35lbs - 40lbs of equipment not counting counterweights. You really don't want to exceed 20lbs worth of equipment on this mount if your imaging though, anymore and it will affect the quality of your guiding and tracking. I love how easy the goto alighnment procedure is. If you spend a little time making sure that the stars are centered in the eyepiece and you use the optional calibration stars your goto's will be dead on every time. I haven't had any issue's with centering faint galaxies and nebula that I want to image when doing the alignment right. The alignment procedure is very easy, even someone that has never used an EQ mount with goto technology shouldn't have a hard time learning how any of the features in this mount work. One of my favorate things about this mount is the All-star Polar Alignment feature. The fact that you dont need to see Polaris and if done correctly your mount can track unguided for 30 to 120 seconds is great for a beginner. You can take some amazing images without an autoguider in those times even more so if you stack your images. Accurate Polar Alignment is crucial to taking long exposure images and instead of doing the ever so time comsuming and boring task of drift alighnment you can perform a polar alignment that if done correctly will get you extremely close to the North Celestrial Pole, just as close as drift alignment which you need to see stars that are close to the horizon and not all of us have that kind of view from our backyards. I highly recommend that you do your research before using this feature to get the best results. There are tricks to getting this mount to have a perfect polar alighnment and goto's that aren't explained in the manual. Another great feature I love is the fact that this mount has an autoguiding port. A lot of other mounts in this price range do not. I have noticed that with doing an accurate All-Star polar alignment and having an autoguider running you can take those long exposures of those little faint fuzzies that end up not being so faint and fuzzy anymore! The only issue with this mount that might bother people is the fact that it sounds like a coffee grinder. It doesn't bother me at all but some people aren't to happy with it. It's also not a heavy duty high class mount so don't expect miracles, but for the price and after using those high class mounts It really doesn't dissapoint for what it is. The mount is sensitive to balancing and weight issues when it comes to using it for astrophotography so keep that in mind if you plan on imaging with more than 20lbs of equipment "not counting the counterweights." All in all I have had great results with this mount. It is very important that after making the purchase you hop on the internet and soak in all the hints that people have posted about getting the most out of the features it comes with. Once you know all the little extra tips this mount won't fail to please. It's a great performer for the price tag and it's proof that you don't need to spend thousands on a mount to get your feet wet in astrophotography. I would without a doubt make this purchase again, Thanks Telescope.com!!!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Maybe I was just unlucky

    My 1st telescope purchase was a Celestron & the Advanced GT mount. I'm 45, master carpenter, build my own PC's, installed every car audio system I've ever owned, have a mill &am...Read complete review

    My 1st telescope purchase was a Celestron & the Advanced GT mount. I'm 45, master carpenter, build my own PC's, installed every car audio system I've ever owned, have a mill & lathe & have made many prototype projects. What I am trying to convey is that I am not an idiot & that learning is something I enjoy. This mount/scope purchase was to be my newest hobby since I have always been fascinated with outer space. I knew going in that there would be a pretty big learning curve so I did not expect great or even good results at 1st. I expected this combo to be an investment that would span many years. For several months results were poor & I chalked that up to user errors & the learning curve. I joined several forums, clicked the link to Celestrons faq/support pages many dozens of times, called Celestron tech support so many times that they all know my voice but still could never get it to align properly which meant no goto. Still, I'm patient because I'm new to this so I'm assuming that the majority of my issues are user error. I add a polar alignment scope & GPS, no improvement. The real fun began when I upgraded the firmware for the controller & boards. A word of advice if you ever upgrade, do the furthest board 1st, then the nearest & finish with the hand controller. I did the opposite which resulted in loss of communication with the furthest board. 2 months worth of troubleshooting, investigating & calling tech support yielded no fixes. Celestrons answer was for me to pay shipping from GA to CA & in a couple of months I would get it back. Well, that is not acceptable to me since you can mount the scope & observe even with no motors. I ordered the 3 circuit boards in the mount, hoping the cheapest/furthest board would be the issue & I could return the others. I'm sure you've already guessed that it did not go that way & you would be right. Replacing all 3 boards finally restored communication. By this time I had a smartphone with the astronomy apps so there was no longer any doubt as to what star was what. This should make alignment much easier & accurate. 1st night out with the repaired & seemingly functional setup & alignment appeared to work. I told it to goto Betelgeuse & the scope spun until I thought it would rip the Dec chord in half or burn up the motor. 2 years of effort & this setup has yet to, goto anything. My last call to tech support I was told to send it in & they would send me a bill. Since I had opened the mount the warranty is void. Even though there was never any tamper tape on the mount. Oh, & I was probably looking at 2-3 months without it. As far as I'm concerned I will get this mount to finally goto something, a different owner. I'm happy for the people that have enjoyed success with this mount. In my opinion however, it is a huge piece of garbage. Recently Hayneedle had the CGEM DX on sale which I purchased & it has performed flawlessly from day one. I will continue with this hobby & I hope my experience does not scare away anyone looking to start. My best advice would to get an EQ mount with no motors 1st, enjoy looking. When you do buy a goto & it needs repair you will have your standby mount while you wait.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Maybe I was just unlucky

    By StellerFeller

    from Auburn, GA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Celestron CG-5 Computerized Telescope Mount:

        My 1st telescope purchase was a Celestron & the Advanced GT mount. I'm 45, master carpenter, build my own PC's, installed every car audio system I've ever owned, have a mill & lathe & have made many prototype projects. What I am trying to convey is that I am not an idiot & that learning is something I enjoy. This mount/scope purchase was to be my newest hobby since I have always been fascinated with outer space. I knew going in that there would be a pretty big learning curve so I did not expect great or even good results at 1st. I expected this combo to be an investment that would span many years. For several months results were poor & I chalked that up to user errors & the learning curve. I joined several forums, clicked the link to Celestrons faq/support pages many dozens of times, called Celestron tech support so many times that they all know my voice but still could never get it to align properly which meant no goto. Still, I'm patient because I'm new to this so I'm assuming that the majority of my issues are user error. I add a polar alignment scope & GPS, no improvement. The real fun began when I upgraded the firmware for the controller & boards. A word of advice if you ever upgrade, do the furthest board 1st, then the nearest & finish with the hand controller. I did the opposite which resulted in loss of communication with the furthest board. 2 months worth of troubleshooting, investigating & calling tech support yielded no fixes. Celestrons answer was for me to pay shipping from GA to CA & in a couple of months I would get it back. Well, that is not acceptable to me since you can mount the scope & observe even with no motors. I ordered the 3 circuit boards in the mount, hoping the cheapest/furthest board would be the issue & I could return the others. I'm sure you've already guessed that it did not go that way & you would be right. Replacing all 3 boards finally restored communication. By this time I had a smartphone with the astronomy apps so there was no longer any doubt as to what star was what. This should make alignment much easier & accurate. 1st night out with the repaired & seemingly functional setup & alignment appeared to work. I told it to goto Betelgeuse & the scope spun until I thought it would rip the Dec chord in half or burn up the motor. 2 years of effort & this setup has yet to, goto anything. My last call to tech support I was told to send it in & they would send me a bill. Since I had opened the mount the warranty is void. Even though there was never any tamper tape on the mount. Oh, & I was probably looking at 2-3 months without it. As far as I'm concerned I will get this mount to finally goto something, a different owner. I'm happy for the people that have enjoyed success with this mount. In my opinion however, it is a huge piece of garbage. Recently Hayneedle had the CGEM DX on sale which I purchased & it has performed flawlessly from day one. I will continue with this hobby & I hope my experience does not scare away anyone looking to start. My best advice would to get an EQ mount with no motors 1st, enjoy looking. When you do buy a goto & it needs repair you will have your standby mount while you wait.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is a great mount

        By Benjamin

        from OMAHA,NE

        About Me Professional Guide

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Padding
        • Strong Construction
        • Widely Compatible Adapter

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography

          Comments about Celestron CG-5 Computerized Telescope Mount:

          For astrophotography this is a great mount! However, this does not come with the polar finder, so if you're into long exposures you should get that. It can slew on stars for ~30 seconds before making trails without polar aligning the mount.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Makes vierwing so easy

          By Michael

          from GREAT FALLS,MT

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Padding
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Astrophotography
            • Terrestrial Viewing

            Comments about Celestron CG-5 Computerized Telescope Mount:

            This is such a sturdy mount and is easy to set up and align. The motor could be a little quieter but other than that, what a great mount.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great mount, but not without problems

            By Cpt Cranky

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Great Bang for the Buck
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Motors Strain
            • RA DEC axis not smooth

            Best Uses

            • Astronomy
            • Astrophotography

            Comments about Celestron CG-5 Computerized Telescope Mount:

            I think we all agree that this mount has the best bang for the buck. However, it does come with issues. When I first powered on the mount, the controller would start to slew to the first alignment star, then it would stop and initialize. I would have to start over again. This got to be nerve racking. After some hair pulling and digging on the forums at cloudynights, I found that others had the same issue. It turns out that the cig adaptor and/or the cord were not allowing enough power to the mount. Replaced with a 12v power supply (make sure you get one with 5.5mm x 2.1mm end) and wha-la, the mount now tracks with no interruptions. I'll be sending the power cord back to Celestron with a note to fix this issue. Anyway, now that I'm tracking OK, I noticed as it gets colder, that the motors seem to strain a lot harder, and get noisier. After some further research, it turns out that the gears either had little or no grease, or the grease was that Chinese "sticky" grease. I found that after dismantling the head (WARNING: don't do this if your not mechanical or don't want to void the warranty), that it was full of this sticky, almost like tree sap, substance in the worm gear casing. Cleaned everything out, greased everything with a good can of marine grease, made some pain staking adjustments to the ring nut, worm shaft and gear mesh, and low and behold, the mount slews great in cold weather and is not as noisy. The motors definitely sound less strained. But, this is not for the faint of heart, and I would recommend taking it to a specialist. If you have a smaller telescope, you will probably not have any issues with this. However, if you approach the maximum specified weight, you may have issues with tracking and slewing with the sticky grease.

            Would I recommend this to a friend? Yep! You can't beat the price, so with that in mind, and with a little work, this mount will perform excellent for many years to come with care and maintenance. Who cares if you have to spend $15 bucks or so on a power supply, your still ahead with this mount. Now, if I can just get these clouds to clear, I'll be in heaven.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I,m very happy with this purchase

            By Ken

            from Flemingsburg, KY

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Celestron CG-5 Computerized Telescope Mount:

              The mount is a good fit for a 102mm APO Refractor
              that I plan to use at star parties and at home for astrophotography

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              • No

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              Q1: Is this product the mount only or does it include the tripod shown in the photo?

              A: Yes the tripod is included with this package. It is for the full tripod and computerized mount.

              Q2: Is CG-5 Computerized Mount suitable for up how many kGS telescope? Can I use it for 10 inch newtonian telescope?

              A: Yes, the CG-5 mount will hold a 10 inch newtonian reflector. I will say that i would think that is the maximum size telescope for this mount, and it will offer a sturdy platform. Celestron offers their 10 inch reflector on the same mount. This mount should be just fine for your scope.

              Q3: What would I need to adapted my Telvue 85 to this mount?

              A: You will need the Great Polaris Mounting Adapter SKU # AGP-1009 you can find it in the Vixen brand under mounting accessories

              Q4: How much Telescope weight it can hold without sacrificing performance?

              A: This mount can hold up to 30 pounds.

              Q5: This product can be adapted to GPS to achieve a simple alignment?

              A: That is correct.

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