I have been following several forums here while deciding on what equipment to get so I can get back into Astronomy. I had a Meade 12" LX200 classic with a super wedge that I used casually for several years when in my 60's and was able to move it out for viewing and packing it up for star parties in Montana while my son was growing up. However, it was getting to be too much to cart around and the light pollution in my area was getting worse, so I parted with it.
Now, I would like to get back in, but, with a more practical weight and size. I am looking at getting an ES 127ED CF refractor and an iOptron CEM60 mount with their tripod. They both have good reviews here, are light-weight, and not too expensive (the wife is looking over my shoulder!) With all the accessories needed, it will come to about what the LX200 cost me. It will give me some excuse to get together with my grown son and daughter.
The question that arises, is what accessories do I get? I have a Nikon D800 which I plan on using for photography and also want to do visual work. The following are some ideas on a direction to go:
a.) iOptron tripod or pier (portable and stationary use). (should I get an extension?)
b.) ES82 30mm 2" EP (Would 82degree EP's be sufficient?)
c.) ES82 18mm 2" EP
d.) ES82 8.8mm 1.25" EP
e.) ES82 4.7mm 1.25" EP
1.) ES illuminated polar scope
2.) Mini Borg Scope
3.) Red-Eye, Other?
Would like to maybe combine finder and guidescope in one, swapping guider or eyepiece. Possible? What part numbers, especially the Borg numbers.
1.) Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 guider
2.) CCDQHY9 or simular
h.) Retical eyepiece finder
i.) Nikon T adapter
j.) Field Flattener for ES 127ED CF
1.) ES 3" Field Flattener .7x Focal Reducer
2.) William Optics Flattener 4 -0.8X Reducer
3.) Hotech SCA Field Flattener
k.) Camera Adapter/Projection Adapter
1.) Astro-Physics 35mm camera adapter with T ring for Nikon
2.) Meade Variable Projection Camera Adapter 1.25"
3.) Something else?
Would use for attaching Nikon D800 for prime focus or projection using above lenses? Would also do wide-field with camera piggy-backed.
Anything missing besides software? Would work from the top down as I saved money.
Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.