Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
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Skywatcher 120ED Refractor Assorted Zhumell Planetary, Skywatcher and ES eyepieces, a 2x barlow and a few filters. iOptron MiniTower II Sony NEX 3 for astrophotography
Quote:I don't think the Meade scope is being made any more, so you would have to pick up a used one, and they do show up in the classifieds from time to time at pretty reasonable prices, though usually without the mount.The C6R is a very popular large achro refractor. It rides OK on the CG5 mount, but most folks get a mount extension (Orion sells them) to make the viewing position more comfortable for objects high in the sky. I ahe owned one and it is a nice instrument . . . CA is not that bad and can be easily corrected with a minus-V filter. The big issue is transport -- the tube is long and the mount somewhat bulky, though far from prohibitive. Are you near a local astronomy club where you could try out some scopes at a star party. Someone there is likely to either own or have used one of the larger Meade or Celestron refractors as well.
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Quote:You might be just the person to ask this question of: are there any devices??? Cameras?? Whereby you can send the output seen at the eyepiece to a computer screen??? If that were possible it would make observations a whole lot easier.
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Quote:my next plan was to purchase either an 8 or 9.25 inch SCT but after reading about culmination, mirror flop, etc., etc I ultimately decided to go with a good ol' quality made refractor .
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 have had an older C-8 for some years and don't get bad mirror flop as some newer one's do. I have been well pleased.
Quote:I'd still like to see a comparison between the two to see how they compare optically as the optics are the heart of the system..
Quote:I realize that this might be an old debate but I'm hoping someone can help. While this might happen until somewhere down the road, I am thinking on buying a telescope. My initial plan had been to go with a 10" Newtonian reflector, but the "twiddle factor" was too much, so my next plan was to purchase either an 8 or 9.25 inch SCT but after reading about culmination, mirror flop, etc., etc I ultimately decided to go with a good ol' quality made refractor . For reasons particular to me the less I have to twiddle with something the better. as Once set up the "twiddle factor" involved with a refractor becomes almost zero, plus while a reflector gives more bang for the buck ie light gathering ability, quality made refractors have their own pluses. Given my druthers if I had the choice I'd go with a D&G Optical -- made in the USA -- 6 inch f/15. Second choice would be the 6 inch f/12. Sigh!! -- Actually their 8 inch f/15 would be nicer, but would cost too much and if the 6" f/12 would be too long.... Which brings me back to the so called "Yard Cannons". Both the Celestron C6-RGT f8 and the Meade AR-6 f8 seem to be the most popular telescopes. Both are made in China, both seem to have their pluses and minuses. The primary lens on the AR-6 is a whopping 2 mm larger but the C6-RGT seems to be the scope most often bought. The down side with the Celestron seems to be the CG5-GEM. The other down side seems to be the focuser. IF I got the C6-RGT the first thing that goes is to replace the focuser with one from MoonLite who has a model that fits right into the C6-RGT. As to the Meade AR-6 it seems to be a good scope but I could find few reviews, but those people who have them seemed to like them, which brings me to this post: Which of the two -- C6-RGT or the AR-6 -- has the better Optics?? After answering that question which has the better GEM?? And lastly over all which is the better value??? Hopefully someone has done a side-by-side comparison of these two "Yard Cannons" as that would greatly help. As I said this is something for "down-the-road" as I currently live an apartment and am disabled with Parkinson's Disease (the reason behind the need for having a telescope with a low "twiddle factor"), my sister has been bugging me to come live with them in NV and at some point may need to move in with them like it or not. One plus: She lives in an area with a lot of dark skies and little light pollution, and they have 3 Acr. of land on which I could possibly build a small observatory ( read shed with a roll-on, roll off roof) with a permanent pier. Initially the mounted scope would on a trolley (??) thus mitigating the lugging in and out of the heavier refractor, and once I get it in pin point exact alignment I'd simply mark places on the ground where each leg would go. Until that time comes I'm thinking of buying a good quality pair of 10x50 field glasses, which would be better than nothing, plus they have the advantage of being highly portable.It will be "interesting" to see he pros and cons of each of these "Yard Cannons".
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Quote: While that Bresser looks like a real beauty, it is not really like the C6-R or the AR-6. The focal ratio is much different. The Bresser, it appears, is f5 and the C6-R is f8.
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Celestron Nexstar 102GT & Vixen A80Mf (mounted on Meade LXD75 and iOptron CubePro 8200 respectively) Bresser Hunter 7x50, Meade Adventure 10x50
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Quote: Thanks for that link and extra information. That Bresser is nice looking (better than the C6-R IMO). I like the white finish.
Quote: but if its planets and the moon your interested in save your time and money and grab a used ED100 brand xxxyou would save money in the end. with the 6" you will spend a few bucks in upgrades to get it going ......"well i did " focuser ...filter....big mount ...and fully loaded it could weight 75++ lbs a used ED100 is pretty much ready to go you will enjoy it more .. easier to mount , likely to have a better focuserbetter color correction ..........you will not be disappointed just do the math the 6" will cost more
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