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Quote:I was going to get the hyperstar system for my sct which is 800.00. So if I got a refractor my budget would be 800-1200. Should I just get the hyperstar or is there a good refractor in my price range.
SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90 RAPTOR MOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVX CAMERAS: Canon 60D;Lodestar EYEPIECES:31T5;D14;D8;P20;P25;P32;TMB9 The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
Quote:I thought about stacking, but thought side by side would be easier on the mount, am I wrong? Next question, lets say I don't stack or have side by side and just use either the c8 or athe refractor. Would you hyperstar or refractor at that point? One recommendation was the at72 which is pretty inexpensive, any other recommendations or does the quality scopes really start at the 2k and up mark. I was looking at the http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=995-12194Or http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=995-18545Or http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=996-13672My concern is I don't want to get something that is not good quality and waste my money. Thanks for the suggestions thus far and answering newbie questions. Now as far as a mount goes, what is recommended for what I am trying to do. I looked at the celestron cgem, while it looked beefier it only holds 40 lbs, mine is 35 so for almost a grand more it didn't seem worth it, am I missing something?