François C8 f/10, lunt 102 mm f/7 ED. SkyWatcher 12" f/5. pentax XW 40, 30,10 delos 14, 8, 6, 4.5. Vixen lvw 22 Brandon 12, 8 TV 2x barlow Closer and closer to the ideal eyepiece collection, but never reaching perfection
"Great men are forged in fire. It is the privilege of lesser men to light the flame." --John Hurt, as The War Doctor12" f/4.9 Skywatcher Collapsible Dobsonian8" f/4.9 Orion Newtonian on alt-az mountOberwerk 15x70 BinocularsMinimalist Eyepiece Collection: 30mm ES-82, 22mm Vixen LVW, 14mm Delos, 10mm Delos, 7mm Pentax XW, 2X GSO 2" ED Barlow, 3X Explore Scientific Focal Extender, 4X Powermate
Quote:Phillip thankyou for the review- very interesting.I am trying to decide now between the XX12 and the skywatcher. I like the collapsable feature of the SkyW. But I think the Computer on the XX12 is useful...choices...sigh.
Quote:I got the 10" SW Truss and ordered an Argo Navis and the encoder kit. If I had bought the 12" it would have cost $799 plus around $800 for the Argo and encoders...so $1,600...BUT, for me, I can now get encoders for any of my mounts and use the Argo unit with them...and, If I want to get a bigger dob, like the new 14" truss, I can xfer the Argo and the encoders to that...so, in the long run, for me, it's a great deal...I would buy the 12" SW.
Celestron NexStar 8SE f/10 SCT with StarSense Orion 120mm ST f/5 Refractor Explore Scientific 80ED, Triplet, f/6 Refractor Coronado PST Ha Solar Scope Meade ETX Astro, 90mm Mak, the original Celestron CG-4 mount, for sale Celestron CG-5 Go-To mount Desert Sky Astro DSV-2 Alt Az, Oberwerk Tripod iOptron SkyTracker Orion 14 x 70 binoculars, DIY binomount Member, Northern Colorado Astronomical Society http://ncastro.org/
Quote:I feel the light shroud is a must have accessory for this design. Not sure where you can buy one for the 12" SW though.
Quote:Great review. Still very useful info in 2013. Any recommendations for replacement focuser? Where can one get a shroud? Thanks!
Clear Skies,Bob One 'scope at a time... "Onward! Ever forward, never straight!" - T. McMahon