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As far as a GOTO reflector that weighs less than 45 lbs, I am cannot really help... Maybe the Orion XT-8G, it weighs slightly over 50 lbs but the heaviest part is well under 45lbs.
10" OO VX, 6" iOptron Mak-Cass, Orion 100ED
Quote:I'd suggest the 10" on the AVX. OTA itself is about 28 lbs. If Celestron doesn't sell as a bundle you'd have to buy the OTA separate.
Orion XT12g 12" f/4.92 GoTo Dob Orion 9x50 RACI - Green Laser Pointer Orion 4.5" f/4 EP: ES82 30mm, ES68 24mm EP: Hyperion 21, 17, 13, 10, 8, 5mm Various filters, including Skyglow, UHC, O-III Celestron Ultima 2x Barlow Celestron 12x80 binoculars & mount
Quote:Hi,I am trying to find a reflector with the following characteristics:$1000-2000Less than 45 poundsComputerizedWould anyone be willing to help me find the right telescope?Thanks!
AP900GTO, AP1200GTO, DM6, Tak Epsilon 160, 12.5" F/3.8 AG Optical Newtonian, C9.25, 8" LX200GPS, 18" Starmaster w/Zambuto F/4.3, ES ED127mm CF, FS60C, SV80 FLI ML8300, QSI640WSG-8 SX Lodestars Some Uncle Al's glass hand grenades www.doghouseastronomy.com
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10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
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Quote:I've been thinking about the following telescopes so far:Celestron NexStar 8Meade LT 8 (SC or ACF)Meade LS 8 (SC or ACF)Orion Skyquest XT8gMeade LX90 8Meade LX80 Multi-MountRight now I am leaning towards the NexStar (I've posted a wanted ad) but I'm open to suggestions. What do you think?
Quote:I would not recommend a 10 inch Newtonian on the AVX mount, this is the same basic mount as the CG-5 ASGT and a 10 inch Newtonian is just too big, too long and heavy for this mount.I own the CG-5 with the 8 inch F/5, I would not recommend anything more. I also recommend that any one interested in a larger equatorially mounted Newtonian try one out before buying one. Tube rotation issues, dodging the counter weight and tripod, getting to the eyepiece can be awkward.Equatorially mounted Newtonians used to be the standard. These days Dobsonians are far more popular. At the low end, price probably is a factor in the popularity but high end Newtonians are also almost all Dobsonians. I own both types, Dobs are just easier to use, more comfortable to look through.Jon
ES 68º series complete 2x ES Barlow WO Bino's NPL 30 RKE 28 SWA 20 15 WA 12 pairs 150 f12 Istar Achro f4.8 Orion Optics (UK) VX 10" Newt NEQ6
Quote:Thanks Seattle. Are there any GoTo Dobs besides Orion? I'm looking for a 12" mirror, but can't find anything besides the XT12G and XX12G.
6'' Orion SkyQuest f/5 12.5" Astrotel truss dob f/3.3 20" Super FXQ Starmaster William Optics 80mm ZenithStar ED II 1850/2500 Observing sessions grand total for 2013, 49. So far in 2014, 11