Quote:More than 25 years ago I had the chance to view through a C14 (my dream scope) at Glacier Point under dark skies in a side by side comparison with my Cave Astrola 12.5 inch F6 and was profoundly disappointed in every regard. Although this occurred far too long ago to remember specifics, what I do remember is that contrast, sharpness and brightness were all inferior to my Newtonian. In conversing with the C14 owner I found that he agreed.Now that there have been so many advances optically and electronically I find myself being drawn back towards investing in a large CAT like a Celestron 14 inch or a Meade 14 or 16 inch due to the portability and the GOTO mounts.What I am wondering is will I see an improvement over the old Celestron or will the Newtonian still beat out the newer designs with it's smaller central obstruction and simpler optics?
C-14/CGE Pro on custom pedestal Moonlite SCT focuser SBIG ST4000 CCD Camera 4in F-5 guide scope
Quote: Now that there have been so many advances optically
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Quote:I don't really see it as Ford/Chevy unless you are talking Meade/Celestron. My interest is primarily visual but may in the future be interested in the astro-photography field. As far as portability I am thinking a C14 is going to be a lot more portable than a 6.5 foot tube that weighs close to a hundred pounds alone.What I am hoping to find out is if the quality/design of SCT has improved markedly over the last 30 years.Your photos are beautiful.
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College of Optical Sciences
University of Arizona