Posted 01 December 2012 - 10:41 AM
Many thanks in advance!
Posted 01 December 2012 - 12:46 PM
Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:23 PM
But thanks, and that's about what I figured. I am thinking maybe I'll make do with a standard C9.25 for visual use, and eventually step up to a more flat-field model down the road if I decide to image at all.
Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:53 PM
I did enjoy a carbon fibre 9.25 on an EQ mount though. Very good optics.
I'm really enjoying the Skywatcher carbon fibre Quattro 200 (8" f/4) Newt on an alt-az though (AZ4). Fun for just tooling around the sky with a Panoptic 24, and pretty good on Jupiter and the Moon. I'm also using a Parcorr T2 though.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:53 AM
I suppose my thoughts of a C9.25 for alt-az visual use could use some rethinking... Also, the only C9.25 I know of with any cooling is the EdgeHD. That's one thing that has put me off of using my Intes Micro MN56 in cool/cold weather-- the currents take a ridiculous amount of time to die down so you get any sort of enjoyable views.
I suppose ideally I'd like something in the 8-10" range, with cooling, and a good balance of fast/med focal ratio so that planetary observing is good too. Maybe it's just another newtonian OTA, I don't know. My Stellarvue MG2 mount's capacity is supposedly about 25lbs.
Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:48 PM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:55 PM
I have both a Meade 12" ACF and a Celestron 14" SCT for my largest scopes.
I owned a nice C9.25 about 3 years ago and it was a fantastic scope..I can highly recommend it as it is fairly lightweight and portable. Good luck..
Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:37 PM
Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:40 PM
Thanks for the impressions. I suppose with your location thermal stabilization is not a huge issue!