CPC1100 to a C8
Posted 19 July 2013 - 08:13 AM
Anybody migrate from a C11 to a 8SE or CPC8? How was the experience? Do you miss the bigger scope? I would expect solar system views to be about the same, but DSO's not anywhere as good as when viewed through the larger scope. I live in a red/orange location. Don't travel with the CPC11 because of the hassle, but may travel more with a smaller scope. And then again, maybe not.
Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:34 AM
I love my C8 and still have it. However I would definitely miss the views. I wonder if a 9.25 might be a better decision.
Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:35 AM
No question, the 11 is a bit of a beast. The 8" is way lighter and smaller, but still a bit of hassle, and still requires 3 trips out the door-- 1 for the ota, 1 for the tripod, 1 for ep's and etc. While the 11" is observably brighter, the 8" doesn't lag THAT far behind. I think you'd be fine with an 8", but, at the same time, you'll likely miss the 11" aperture at least a little. You may observe a little more frequently in exchange for that, though.
With the 6SE, I can get out the door easily, with everything, in one trip. This makes it hands down the best grab and go in my somewhat extensive collection of scopes.
So, you -might- consider keeping the 11, and adding a used 6SE for grab and go. These show up pretty frequently on the used market at good prices as folks move up in aperture. I bought mine used.
I'm not actually proud of my large collection. I could observe happily for years with any one of them. The sheer volume of stuff involved, not to mention the money, weighs heavily on my mind. For that reason, I humbly suggest you keep yourself 'limited' to 2 scopes that serve wildly different purposes: one dedicated to dark sky and/or longer nights (CPC11), and one dedicated to getting you out the door easily and quickly (6SE, or a small refractor on a light alt-az mount-- just to get away from electronics).
Posted 19 July 2013 - 04:33 PM
I know its not answering your question directly, but if you can afford it, keep the CPC1100 and invest in a smaller C6/refractor for grab-n-go. If you sell the CPC1100 and go smaller I think you will miss it. A C8 or C6 is more portable, but frankly the resale value of CPC1100 is low... Although I suppose you could probably get a Cg5-AGST C8/C6 and a small refractor for the price of the CPC1100... yet I reckon you'd miss the light grasping power of the CPC1100...
Posted 19 July 2013 - 06:50 PM
In my observatory, I have a CPC 1100. I used to have a 'portable' orange tube C11. However, I used to be younger, too... My current portable scope is a CPC 800.
The only experience I had with an 8 SE left me quite unimpressed regarding stability. But, it's 1/3 lighter (and less expensive) than a CPC 800 so you have to consider the tradeoffs involved and decide which factors matter most to you personally.
If you belong to an astronomy club, find out if anyone has a CPC 800 or 8 SE and ask if you could see them in use.
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