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A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball
A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform
A PST Double Stack
I can't believe how people respond but don't answer the question or "guess" in their answers!
Celestron 150 XLT ReflectorCelestron C6-n Reflector102GT-SLTXt6Vixen StarGuy
You always get a better deal from Celestron on a scope and mount combination. I found someone that wanted a mount and wanted a C9.25 and we made a deal to buy it together and split it up. We both got a better deal then buying them separately.
Uncle Rod has spoken.
Incorrigible ocularholic. Keep calm, and carry on observing.
I think this guy already bought his scope, but another consideration is that there are more accessory holes tapped into the tube of the XLT over the SE. If you plan on adding astrophotography gear to a SE later and don't fancy drilling holes into your prized possession. I should mention that I had a 6SE and not an 8. I picked up an 8XLT and was happy to see many more holes drilled. High point Scientific has the SE OTA for $699 and the CGE mount 8 XLT for $799.
Josh Mott Stellarvue SV80ED refractor, Celestron Advanced 8" SCT with CG5 Mount, Canon 1000D
How many holes are tapped into your XLT? There are 6 tapped holes in the rear cell of my 8SE OTA.
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I have 6 as well, so my previous point is a dud. I recall the 6SE only had 2 for the finder mount. My C8 XLT is Fastar Compatible as well. Does anyone know if that's the case for all of the new black tube C8's?
I jumped on this thread to see the comments about the EdgeHD. I have been a little frustrated by the contrast of my C8 when I go out. It seems almost blurry compared to my Refractor. (even when using the same eyepieces and diagonal)
The new 8SEs are also Fastar compatible. They started doing that a couple of years ago.
quote:I jumped on this thread to see the comments about the EdgeHD. I have been a little frustrated by the contrast of my C8 when I go out. It seems almost blurry compared to my Refractor. (even when using the same eyepieces and diagonal)
...and that is the difference between the refractor and the SCT. I think the new Edge is a bit better corrected than the standard one. The flatter field offers much better views, but still not refractor like.
I am not sure if this is ok but I'd like to ask if anyone knows what "knobs" I would buy to adjust the alignment of my Celestron 8iSE that has Fastar installed. I checked Bobs Knobs and I wasn't sure
which ones to buy. Any help is appreciated.
That's good to know about the SCT contrast limitations Stan, thanks! I will try to figure out a way to get a Edge HD