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AP 130EDF-GT & AP Mach1
C14-XLT & AP 900GTO
C14 XLT, CGE NexSTAR 11 GPS + 120ST APM/TMB 130/780, AT111EDT SW EQ5P (2" Tripod/20" Pier) XW's 3.5mm - 20mm, 28mm RG, TVZ 2-4 ES14mm/20mm 100° UWAN 28mm,Paragon 40mm, TV55, Meade 2X 2" TeleXtender TMB SMC 4mm-16mm, Pentax 0-18, CZJ 0-25 EarthWin PFS-DBSE, WO DuraBright, AP MaxBright TV Bino's Bino Sets X 2: UO H.D's ~ 5mm-18mm, TV Pl.(NJ's)7.4mm - 40mm 16T5's, 24mm Pans Canon 18X50 IS Pentax 7X35 (9.3°
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Ok, equipment list…for reference purposes only!
…Missing my RV-6. Why oh why did I sell it?!?!?!?
Quote:I bought a 10" classic for $1600 u.s.The mirrors needed recoating and I have sense disassembled the entire scope and gearboxesAll in all still a killer scope,glad I got it
Quote:I am convinced the 10" LX200 is the sweet spot of SCTs. Large enough for a range of observing, but still small enough to be set up by one person and reasonable to transport. I use a superwedge and have no problem with polar alignment or transportation. I can't speak for 12" or bigger, but 10" seems optimal.I guess if you can get a really good price for the 12" and don't mind the exercise it would be worth looking at.BTW - I have a fork and I am now playing with a GEM. My immediate take: if you do lots of visual or lets say 50/50 split with ap and visual, I would stick with the fork. GEM is great for AP and larger telescopes, 12" and above, (you can break into smaller chunks). GEM also allows you to vary what OTA you use, for most folks though one OTA is sufficient. GEM for visual? I have decided it sucks big time. I know people do use it for this purpose too, but all the weird angles? The LX850 I have is great for video and ap (excellent in fact!), but for visual it is not as fun. The OTA is WONDERFUL for visual, but viewing angles and the wide sweeping motion of the mount not as fun. Still, for a 12" or 14" GEM may be the better way to go due to overall mass.If I ever upgraded from my 10" LX200 class I would go with a 10" LX600. Of course that is a whole different price category than a used 12" LX200. But less hernias! Heck, less hernias with a 12" LX600!
Quote:I have the 12" GPS & love it. No way it's 90 lbs. Maybe 75 if that. I can set it up no problem & I'm not in good shape.
Clear Skies- Guy
“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ― Werner Heisenberg
12" LX200 GPS
4" Unitron 150
4" Bosma refractor
Denk Binotron 27, D14's and D21's
Galaxy Note 8 running SkySafari Pro via Bluetooth
Wireless Autostar II
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