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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
Telescopes: Celestron 14" SCT..Meade 10" ACF/SCT..Stellarvue 4" ED APO Mounts: UA UniStar Deluxe duel clamping saddle on a Celestron CGE tripod...UA UniStar Deluxe on a Meade field tripod and a UA UniStar Light on a UA light surveyor tripod. All with custom made "Manny Miles" eyepiece trays. Binoculars: Garrett Optical 10x50 Oberwerk 15x60. Eyepieces: TV Naglers, and Plossl's. Also Pentax 20XW, a Baader 31 Aspheric and a TMB 40 Paragon.
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
150mm MCT f/13, 31% CO
"People say I'm in denial. I disagree."
16" AstroSky F4.5 C/W Skycommander, TEC 140, 6" F8 Edmund, 120 Skywatcher F5 SW EQ6 AP SPL 5mm Carl Zeiss Jena .965 6,10,12.5,16,25, Pentax 3.8mm XP, 7mm SMC, 7XW, 10XW TMB SMC 8mm,TMB Planetary 2.5,6, TV Smoothie NJ's Plossls, 14 Delos, Nagler 20T2, WO 4,28 UWAN, Orion Zoom 7.5-22.5, BGO 9 Binoculars Pentax PCF 7x50, SPACE, "A PORTRAIT OF PERFECTION!" Tony M
Celestron C8 XLT on CG5 8inch EQ mounted newt Parks 8inch f/6 90mm mak
C8HD CG5 EQ
Quote:Here is a quick comparison of an orange tube C8 and a much newer 180mm Orion maksutov.
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote: Why Edge?Why not either a standard C8 OTA ($799 brand spanking new) or a standard C9.25 (about the same price as an 8" Edge, new)?If you're not imaging, I'd save the dough and get a standard SCT unit.
Why not either a standard C8 OTA ($799 brand spanking new) or a standard C9.25 (about the same price as an 8" Edge
If you're not imaging, I'd save the dough and get a standard SCT unit.
Quote: Quote: Why Edge?Why not either a standard C8 OTA ($799 brand spanking new) or a standard C9.25 (about the same price as an 8" Edge, new)?If you're not imaging, I'd save the dough and get a standard SCT unit. I used to have that opinion too, before I began observing with my EdgeHD. If you keep your object centered in a standard SCT, the view will be very similar between the scopes, but the point is that with the Edge you don't have to keep the object centered in the scope. I realized after using the EdgeHD how often I would fiddle with the object placement in other scopes. With the Edge, I don't have to fiddle anymore because the image looks good just about anywhere in the eyepiece.Between the two scopes listed, the C8 Edge is a clear winner, imo...more aperture, f/10 vs f/15, flat field and well corrected.Patrick
Quote:patrick, just wondering if you considered the 9.25 edge before you decided on the 8". im still considering another sct. i have a 8" meade. i would go for the 11" in a heart beat if i was sure the cg5 would handle it to my satisfaction.thanks, donnie
Quote: Yep. Helps to actually look through a scope before offering an opinion on it.
Quote:I have been for many years pro MCT's over SCT's, the flater FOV and contrast just seemed to always be better plus the detail on lunar was always great. My last MCT was a Intes Micro M703 with close to 1/8th wave optics and was an excellent scope (I always wanted an M703 for years and finally got a good one) but I had a chance to look threw a C8HD and everything changed. The C8HD had a nice flat FOV, no coma could be detected, stars were sharp and the focus was the same regardless of were the object was in the FOV, contrast even on lunar and planetary was better than anything that I have seen on for an SCT and IMO spanked the MCT (the Intes Micro MCT's are very well baffled), detail was even sharper on every target plus on DSO's it was soo much better. Both scopes are F10's and some say the F15 MCT's would be better, I am sorry I fail to agree that its gonna make that much difference cause the F15 scopes seem not to perform all that well on DSO's compared to F10's. My call would be with the C8HD, I have owned way too many MCT/SCT's in the past and the HD scope has done everything I would expect from the scope, its easy to mount and very portable too, the optics are spot on, celestron has done a real excellent job.
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