“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote: Also, the focuser drawtube in my scope leaks oil. Once it splattered the secondary mirror, and recently it stained the edge of the primary. I store the scope with the tube at an angle, not vertical, to prevent dripping on the secondary. Crazy.
7 X 50 Binoculars 102mm f/9.8 Refractor 14" SCT w/ CGE Pro 6" SCT 180mm f/15 Mak Atlas EQ-G GEM Pentax, ES, Baader Ortho & Sterling EPs.
SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90T RAPTOR
MOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVX
CAMERAS: Canon 60D;Lodestar
EYEPIECES:TV N31T5;Delos14;Delos8;Pan27; PL20;PL25;PL32;TMB9
The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
CPC 800 C90 20x80 Binos Stellarvue Bino viewer MacBook Pro, iPod Touch; SkySafari Plus, Astroplanner, Starry Night Pro 6, Pentax DSLR K10D
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Hooked by the Hercules Cluster.
There is no doubt that you are NOT going to get AP/Tak quality at the price-point of a Celestron CPC. Sorry about that. The same will be true with the competing Meade telescope.
I think you will find that your CPC will serve you well over the long term though since most of the problems you report fall into these categories:
1. What you can expect from any telescope: namely cooldown.
2. What you can expect from any SCT in this aperture: some noticeable focus shift at higher powers.
3. Minor problems like the power connector issue.
4. Familiarization issues.
If you hang onto this telescope I believe, again, that it will provide many years of happy, productive observing.
Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100