Ralph For deep space objects, bigger is better.. 10 dob XT10, C8 OTA my new favorite, C6RGT, Omni XLT 150R, Nexstar 80gt, Canon T2i Brent Oliver mod, Canon T3i
Richard 1977 C8/Orion 180mm mak on AS-CG5 mount
Orion 127 mak/C80ED on modded Celestron SLT
Garrett 20x80 binoculars/WO binoviewer
Canon XSi/Neximage 5/SPC900NC
Solar filters/various eyepieces/barlows/flip mirror
Quote:I've been dabbling in planetary imaging for the last year or two and have mainly been using small refractors (first an Explore Scientific 80mm and now a TMB 92L). I now want something with a little more aperture. I wouldn't dream of selling the TMB; I just want a compact scope with a little more aperture and a longer focal length for planetary imaging. Would the Celestron C6 SCT fit the bill? I have no intention of using it visually. I just want to capture a bit more detail on the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and so on. Whatever I get, it needs to ride comfortably on a Celestron CG-4 mount. I suspect a C8 would be undermounted on the CG-4.
Dabble in H-alpha solar, lunar, planetary, deep sky astrophotography and spectroscopy....so much to see and do!
Chris TS 65mm EDQ Orion 80ST NEQ6 GoTo Mount ASI120MC Orion StarShoot Autoguider Atik 428EX Canon 550Da (modded)
Quote:Seeing was very good and that LS6 tube excellent. On collimation tests it produced an Airy disk like those simulated by software.Anyway, a 8" will beat the 6" that's no contest, but the 6" are no toy scopes either.
"Normal" people worry me! - If you want to think "outside the square" you really need to get out of your box! A kleptomaniacal plethora of gear: Custom-cooled (my designs) C11&14, Orion Optics (UK) VX16 16" F4 newt waiting for obs, ED127 triplet, NEQ6Pro, HEQ5Pro, ancient AstroOptics EQ mount super-customised with microsteppers, goto etc, ASI120MM, ASI120MC, Flea3 (retired - accepting offers!) Toucam 840k, modded Canon 50d + F4L etc,etc & lots of other homebrew equipment.....