Quote:Packing gear isn't an issue, my other hobby is powerlifting ...
Orange Tube C8, Tasco 7te-5, 4" Criterion Dynascope, Jason/Towa 313
Nikon Action Extreme & Pentax WPii Binoculars
At my club, everything one could want up to 18"
Quote:All around, the original c8 was a nice portable package. In my view, the sct design doesn't scale up very well, such that 10" and larger scts aren't any easier to use in the field than comparable newts - they're just more compact (and even then, not by a lot).
Quote:I saw your number there and I'm sure I may need it eventually.Thank you. I just ordered my cord about an hour ago. Now the waiting game begins.
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
Quote:Gosh, Terra;I coulda sworn you yourself said you liked smaller aperture refractors because you could more easily lift them. Maybe ya did, and I misunderstood that did not mean you used them exclusively. Certainly makes more sense to be realistic about size and weight, not aperture. And that is where the C8, like you, rocks! But, getting back to the OP's original question, you are an experienced observer with preferences honed over many years. For a newcomer, I say, "Begin by using what you have as it is," especially when that scope is a vintage C8! I've never deforked a C8, but I've heard, and hope you have, too, that it is easy to scratch the tube against the screws attaching it to the forks if you don't something exactly right. Maybe we should start a new thread for that.
"The White Zone is for loading or unloading of passengers only. No Astrophotography." Cosmic Acres! Greatest restoration challenge: Tulley and Sons 3" achromat on Altazimuth mount, circa ~late 1820s
President Southwest Florida Astronomical Society, Inc.
Have Scopes, will observe!
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!"
Harper Bruce (A6Q6) Quantum 6 by OTI, Clave plossl 5,8,12,16,20 and 25mm.
Quote:Looks like I'm getting an older Celestron Wedgepod for my C8. I'll use it on that for a while before I decide if I truly want or need to de-fork it and mount it on the Meade #826 GEM. The wedgepod looks like a nice stable and portable solution as I am only interested in visual observing with it.
Quote:Quote:I saw your number there and I'm sure I may need it eventually.Thank you. I just ordered my cord about an hour ago. Now the waiting game begins. Another accy you need to look into is a Celestron F6.3 Focal reducer and field Flattener.It does 3 important things, reduces the magnification so finding Deep Space objects is easier thats one.I dramatically reduces the field curve in the F10 SCT, thats 2Also seals the tube from dust.3Oh yes it drastically reduces exposure time for Prime focus Astro photography!Try and find the original Made in Japan version. I like them better, don't know if the coatings are better, or if they are better optically. I could see a slight difference in sharpness between the 2 I had. I kept the MIJ and sold the other one..
Celestron Super C8+ (deforked) Atlas EQ-G Mount Celestron Onyx 80mm ED F Canon T4i (unmodified)