Telescopes: Celestron 14" SCT..Meade 10" ACF/SCT..Stellarvue 4" ED APO Mounts: UA UniStar Deluxe duel clamping saddle on a Celestron CGE tripod...UA UniStar Deluxe on a Meade field tripod and a UA UniStar Light on a UA light surveyor tripod. All with custom made "Manny Miles" eyepiece trays. Binoculars: Garrett Optical 10x50 Oberwerk 15x60. Eyepieces: TV Naglers, Panoptics and Plossl's. Also Pentax 10XW, 20XW, a Baader 31 Aspheric and a TMB 40 Paragon.
Mark EON 80 - Twilight 2 | C11 - iEQ45 | Astro Physics 175EDF - 900GTO
Quote: I prefer this coloration, it's a beautiful black cat, but didn't know it was available separately as only the older grey otas were advertised on the website. I just got lucky with this ota.Here's a couple of pics of it set up with dew heater strap, etc...
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Quote:I am curious, is the only thing about the VX is that it's black? I ask because the C11 I bought last year is black and appears to be identical to yours. Is there something else that makes this a VX version?
Quote:Glad to see your CG-5 is steady enough to handle a C11. I also have a CG-5 which I use for my C8, 8"f/6 OOUK Newt and Intes MK66.
I have read some threads here on CN were some write a C11 is far too heavy for the CG-5 and some (who actually use that combo)write it works quite ok for visual observing.
I am seriously considering upgrading from C8 to C11 on my CG-5 and your post get me consider it will be just fine for visual observing.
By the way do you ( or anyone else here) know if a f/6.3 focal reducer works on a C11 for visual observing?
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Quote:Glad to see your CG-5 is steady enough to handle a C11. I also have a CG-5 which I use for my C8, 8"f/6 OOUK Newt and Intes MK66.I have read some threads here on CN were some write a C11 is far too heavy for the CG-5 and some (who actually use that combo)write it works quite ok for visual observing.I am seriously considering upgrading from C8 to C11 on my CG-5 and your post get me consider it will be just fine for visual observing.By the way do you ( or anyone else here) know if a f/6.3 focal reducer works on a C11 for visual observing?Magnus 57N.
"Considered as a collector of rare and precious things, the amateur astronomer has a great advantage over amateurs in other fields ... the amateur astronomer has access at all times to the original objects of his study; the masterworks of the heavens belong to him as much as to the great observatories of the world. And there is no privilege like that of being allowed to stand in the presence of the original." --Robert Burnham Jr, Burnham's Celestial Handbook
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Quote: Yes if you are using a pier extension, you will definitely loose stability.
Quote:Thanks for the update. That is a really good looking scope.
Quote:Yes if you are using a pier extension, you will definitely loose stability. Had the same setup with my c9.25, now I just run it without the extension and its much better.
Quote:This isn't always true. The issue of stability with the pier extension is related to the weight of the scope used on the mount. With a lighter scope the stability is actually increased because of the additional weight of the steel pier extension. I've noticed this with a C6 on a CG-5 with and without a pier extension in place. I'm not sure where the cross over to too heavy for the pier might be but if I had to guess it would be in the 15+lb range.
Quote:Now I did use the short 8 inch pier extension when I used the C11 on my atlas when using the tripod. It worked really well.
Quote:I wonder if there is any obvious stability improvement(like no vibrations at >200x planetary viewing in medium windy winter conditions) over my setup if the C11 is on EQ6 pier mounted too.How does the EQ6 GOTO pointing accuracy compare to CGEM?
Quote:Nice combo. I'm stuck between getting an avx, eq-g or the az-eq6. I simply can't make my mind up. Meanwhile my well sorted C11 edge sits in its box and summer slides by. I'm leaning toward a mount I can use EQMOD with which I guess sidelines the AVX.C11 is a great size for a life time of observing. At 27 pounds its easily managed with gobs of aperture. It looks cool in black.