I ordered a standard C-11 ota from Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes recently, which arrived safely in excellent condition (even still in good collimation
!) on a rainy 25th, and got it set up for just visual use in the observatory next to the EON 120 apo. I was wondering if it would handle well enough for just visual use on the CG-5 GT mt., and since Rod and others here said it can, I set it up that way to see how it would work out. It does work!
Vibration stops from hand focusing in about a second and tracking works smoothly without vibrations. I put vibration dampening pads under the tripod feet. I also used a stainless 6" RA shaft extension from ScopeStuff for a bit more balance option with a 17 lb counter wt. plus an 11 lb. one. This worked well too. I didn't attach the heavy stock 9x50 finder and bracket and instead used a Synta SCT finder shoe bracket and light red dot finder and lighter wt. 9x50 finder. It balanced in DEC fine at the far end of the dovetail in the ADM dual saddle I had already put on the CG-5 mt. It's still balanced well with a 35mm Pan, a Meade 56mm plossl, and other heavy eps.
I was surprised that the evening after the C-11 arrived there was a short period of clear sky so I was able to do a preliminary check on the optics collimation on Polaris and found it collimated well in spite of its travels! Stars were sharp and snapped in focus, both sides of focus rings even and looking the same -- this is the best I've seen in a SCT right out of the box. I'm really thrilled with this C-11!
Another surprise when I opened the box was that this C-11 ota is the new black version that comes with the new VX mt. I prefer this coloration, it's a beautiful black cat, but didn't know it was available separately as only the older grey otas were advertised on the website.
I just got lucky with this ota.
Here's a couple of pics of it set up with dew heater strap, etc...