If you need a small-medium telescope that you can move around easily, this is the telescope for you. The optics are awesome and the mount is extermely stable. I love this scope and wouldn't be selling it if I didn't need money for a new one.
The scope is in excellent condition and I have all the original packing.
This is an extract from scopereviews :
6) Celestron G5 (Brief Impression)
(5" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain, EQ mount, 6X30 finder, 25 mm SMA, CD ROM
$689, $749 with drives - street)
Celestron turned heads again this year with the introduction of its G5,
which houses C5 optics in a newer, less-expensive OTA on a German
equatorial mount. The biggest surprise was the price, which represented
a 25%-35% drop over the older fork-mounted version. Keeping in mind
that many C5 owners bought tripods for their scopes anyway, the price
difference is closer to 50%.
As a result of all this, the G5 is getting a lot of attention. But how
good is it? I have only seen two of them briefly, and both in daylight.
There's very little image shift, and the view seems sharp across the
field. As soon as I can get one of these under the stars, I'll report
Update: 11/22/98 Finally had a chance to use the G5 under dark skies!
The scope is very cute, about the size of a thermos bottle, only fatter.
The optics were slightly overcorrected, nothing serious. The images of
Saturn and Jupiter were sharp and showed good detail. It took a while
- about an hour and a half - to cool down, which is more than you might
expect for such a tiny scope. The supplied motor drive works well.
The G5 is a good value in a small, portable scope. Its optics are good,
and the aperture is more generous than many traditional travel scopes.
I'm looking for $450 + s&h