C11 is a monster.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:07 AM
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:49 PM
I here you there, I didn't think the C14 looked that much bigger than my old C11 until I got one a couple of weeks ago. I dang near fell over when I opened the box. It was quite and eye opener.
Ralph, you should see the difference in size between a C14 and a C11, a little more dramatic that the C8 vs C11. Enjoy your C11, it is about the perfect size and weight combo.
As for the OP enjoy your new C11, I think they are the best bang for the buck vs light gathering power in the Celestron SCT line up.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:59 PM
The CPC mounts are very comfortable for visual use after you get them set up. The GEM mounted OTAs are much lighter but are much better for imaging. I don't take my GEM into the field except for multinight star parties since the GEM setup is much more work than using our Obsession 20 inch or refractors on a Discmount.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:04 PM
My perception is that the largest scope one owns seems awkward and cumbersome, the second largest seems just the right combination of size and capability. Anything smaller seems deliciously portable.
Oh yeah, the other guy's scope that is bigger than your biggest, that's nothing more than a crazy monster, so impractical that it's not even worthy of consideration.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:11 PM
The C11 tube is much easier to carry than the CPC-925 upper assembly. I could carry a C14 OTA easier than a CPC-11 assembly.
I'm glad to read this. I just bought a Mach 1 and am considering an SCT or RC. The main reason for my switch was to lower the weight of the individual components. The CPC can be a bear.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:21 PM
It's all relative... there will be a day when the C-11 seems like but a pup.
Indeed Jon. If we all only had your physical conditioning. Going up and down that ladder to the EP all night. I'd need a cherry picker to haul my fat rear up and down.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 03:00 PM
I've had issues with scopes a lot lighter than the 65 lbs of the CPC 1100 tube/fork combination ... lifting the tube/fork assy off the ground is a pig but you shouldn't have to do it often.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 03:40 PM
I bet that c14 is really big. That is on my list to get after getting my own place in a couple of years and getting one of those converted storage shed observatories built. I am 57 and if I didn't work with heavy stuff all day long it would not be easy to handle the cpc11. Have got to get my place and get something built before it gets too hard to handle this stuff because I sure do love getting out and seeing all the great views.
I haven't been able to get into a store that sells nice scopes in so many years that I juse didn't have any idea what the size would be like and thought I would post this picture incase there were others like me out there. Really puts the little C8 in its place. For ap the C8 will still be my primary workhorse unless I get up the nerve to mount the 11 on the wedge, after finding some bolts to get the wedge on the tripod. More projects, oh boy.....
So hopefully I will get a chance to do either some DSLR or neximage work with the mount tonight after getting it collimated. I know I have seen some pretty nice images from this size instrument on here and hope I can get some close to how those looked. Thanks for all the kind words and I will post up when I can get something worthy.
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 07:28 PM
Enjoy your new scope!
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My dob has the cooling fan option which I have not had to use because of how I do mine. But if I was in a hurry I do have that option. If the weather holds for tomorrow I might get all three out there and do some comparisons. To this point the 10 inch dob has given me my best images using the early model of neximage, my avatar came from one of those sessions using the dob on my CG5 mount, that requires 44 pounds of counter weight and two barlows. Now one barlow should get the job done with the C11 and I just got a 3x barlow just in case.
Posted 07 July 2012 - 11:50 PM