Kj, yeah it was a difficult decision to get rid of the Edge. I thought it was a great scope.
My observing is a bit like yours. I live in a town home in a coastal ski town up here in BC. As you can imagine the weather plays a big
part in everyones lives. Its mercurial to say the least. The observing seasons are strange too, very short nights in summer, long dark cloud
covered nights in winter. The late summer, autumn season just starting is the best time to observe. If I could have the Edge back for it, using it
on the FTX I'd love it. I have a large deck but its covered. I'm lucky I have dark sky sites literally within ten minutes drive (avoiding the wildlife).
So its guerrilla observing around here mostly. The Edge just seemed hard work in that role. Something like a Tec140 or largish Tak doublet
would be the best investment for serious observing around here. The FTX is the perfect mount for that role, especially considering it looks
like it can handle any scope I would seriously considering owning, now or in the future if things change. I think Charles was musing putting
a ten inch newt on his at one point.
Its rare you purchase something you are completely happy with. Looking for the scope to do it justice.
It kind of plays with your common perceptions when you realize that this thing (FTX) weighs less than half of what ONE counter weight for my old
mount (DX) used to weigh. Coupled with the nexus, and the right tripod its guerrilla observing nirvana.
That Gitzo tripod is something else, nice match to the mount.
Edited by crow, 08 August 2014 - 09:28 PM.