Ive had so many issues with the Celestron AVX mount that I purchased I almost can’t take it anymore. I mean I quite literally almost threw this thing off a roof the other night, no exaggeration either, it almost took a flying lesson.
It’s just so frustrating the money you spend on astronomical and photographic equipment. You would not expect a product from a company like Celestron to be such a clunker. But I guess you live in you learn. So long story short is I need to come up with about $3,000 to upgrade my mount, some days that feels like an impossible goal with all the other financial stuff I have going on in my life right now.
Anyway, Ive just completed a factory reset and went through the long task of re-training my mount again. I checked and then double confirmed my polar alignment and things seem to be right on again. To verify my polar alignment as well as the mounts ability to point and track I slewed to Arcturus and started snapping a frame every minuet or so for about 2 hours. To my surprise I experienced absolutely no drift what so ever, Arcturus stayed planted within the center cross hairs of the frame.
As a side note I almost feel like it’s my duty to post an accurate and honest review pertaining to this mount. I really feel for anyone else who purchases one of these mounts thinking they are buying some fantastic, well priced equatorial mount made for astrophotography. I mean there probably is a chance you’ll end up with a rare gem, though I think more than likely your going to end up with a series of headaches. Or who knows maybe it’s just bad luck that I ended up receiving two non functional mounts from Celestron, I don’t know. Can’t say that I really care much either at this point.
Right now I feel like the couple that’s just had enough of each other and are ready to call it quits. Im just done and over it!
As for a future mount I am seriously looking at Ioptron’s CEM60 and CEM120 mounts. They both look fantastic and the feedback Ive been hearing from people seems very positive.
Oh yeah and the image,,,,, the image is a stack of the above mentioned photos taken while analyzing my mounts performance after resetting and realigning it.
Eyes to the sky and lenses focused!