Getting a CPC 800 Edge
Posted 04 October 2013 - 01:36 PM
I've heard nothing but accolades here for the optical quality, and I'm primarily visual with some light imaging. I'm looking forward to first light with my new gear.
Posted 04 October 2013 - 02:49 PM
While I have a GEM that would support up to the 9 1/4 tube, I must admit being intrigued with the CPC mount.
Posted 05 October 2013 - 12:49 PM
First light may not be until tomorrow. Weather forecast for this evening isn't good.
Posted 20 October 2013 - 01:30 PM
Anyway, setup was easy. I used the Baader Click Lock so I could use my 2" diagonal, and I used the Right Angle finder I had acquired a few years ago in place of the stock finder.
First target was Venus, which I did without the benefit of alignment. Very pretty.
After it darkened a bit, I went through the SkyAlign process and it worked perfectly. I settled on the Double Cluster for my main object (the moon wiping out so much of the sky) and I had appreciative "ooohs" from the public.
I don't think I'll go as far as to call the view refractor-like, but the stars were pinpoint, and it's the best view I've had through an SCT. I used a 35mm Panoptic.