Paul Money writing for BBC Sky at Night Magazine awarded this mount 4.5 stars in his review (issue 146 July 2017) and said;
"It is the mark of a good manufacturer when we find ourselves often saying how enjoyable it is to use its mounts, and Celestron's CGEM II is no exception. Well designed and engineered, easy to operate and with great tracking for both visual and imaging purposes, the CGEM II is highly recommended in its own right, or as an upgrade from a CG-4 or AVX."
A fresh update to the venerable CGEM mount, the CGEM II has a contemporary, attractive, bold appearance and is capable of carrying Celestron’s higher-end SCT optical tubes (up to 11") securely and vibration free, which is ideal for both imaging and visual observing. Capable of holding 40 lbs. of payload and slewing at 5° per second, you will be able to instantly point to any of the celestial objects in the database.
CGEM II was designed to be ergonomically friendly with large Altitude and Azimuth adjustment knobs for quick and easy polar alignment adjustment. The internal RA and DEC motor wiring provides a clean look and an easy and trouble free set up.
The CGEM II series features Celestron’s innovative All-Star Polar alignment procedure. All-Star allows you to accurately polar align the mount using any star, even ig the celestial pole cannot be seen. Another great feature of the CGEM II sure to please astroimagers, is the Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PEC) which will allow users to train out the worm gears periodic errors, while the mount retains the PEC recordings.
For objects near the Meridian (imaginary line passing from North to South), the CGEM II will track well past the Meridian for uninterrupted imaging through the most ideal part of the sky. The CGEM II mount has a robust database with over 40,000 objects, 100 user defined programmable objects and enhanced information on over 200 objects. Celestron's CGEM II mount is the perfect fit between the Advanced VX Series and CGX Series.
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount
Tripod 2” Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower section
Dovetail Mount Directly connects to both CG-5 & CGE dovetail bars
Payload Capacity 40 lbs.
Latitude Range 15º – 70º
Power Requirements 12 VDC, 3.2 amps
Ports 1x Hand control port, 1x Auxiliary Port, 1x Auto guider port, 1 USB 2.0 port (on hand control)
Motor Drive Low cog DC servo motors
Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes EQ North and EQ South
Alignment Procedures AutoAlign, 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
Computerized Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
Database 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Mount Weight 40lbs.
Tripod Weight 20lbs.
Weight of Counterweight 17lbs.
Total Weight of Mount Kit 77lbs.