Quote:1) So, is using the older OTA with a dovetail on a new mount the most cost effective way of getting back in to AP..or should I consider selling the whole thing and putting the cash into a new OTA? I looked around a bit, and I don't see that it makes sense to sell, when I can use the OTA...but maybe I am missing something?
Quote:2) If indeed de-forking the meade and putting it onto a mount is the best way to go, which mount will ALSO be able to support a c-11 edge HD & CCD/autoguider or DSLR/autoguider?I had thought (with regards to 2) that the Atlas EQG or the Ioptron45 would be the best bet for an AP mount for both scopes (separately of course), but I am not sure about the weight capacity....
Quote:3) which dovetail plate would i need and how hard is it to defork the 8"?
Quote:I'd like to be able to buy a nice mount that I can use with my meade 8" for a bit and then save up some cash and eventually in a year or two buy the c-11 HD edge...
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Visual: Celestron 8 SCT ('77 Orange Tube, 8" f/10), Selsi #247 Refractor (aka Towa #339, 80mm f/15), Tasco 11TE-5 Newtonian (4.5" f/7.9), Galileoscope (50mm f/10)
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Quote:Thanks Stew and Dave!I will check out the CGE mounts. I was beginning to think I needed to get a G-11 or Vixen Atlux or Cge pro....or something along those lines.....WHich was going to mean a lower budget for other things at first.Dave thanks for the tips on the cables!
Quote:How do I confirm that my secondary isn't one of the 'bad' ones?
Quote:IMHO one would use a C11 for high-resolution planetary or for visual.If you want to do AP at long focal lengths for planetary nebulae or galaxies.. an AT6RC or C8 would be plenty. Save on needing a huge mount.The Atlas class would work well with a C11 for planetary webcamming or for visual.
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Quote:That's pretty easy. Look at the secondary mirror from the exit tube at the back with the front lens cap off.
Quote:Let me add that not all LX3s had silvered secondaries. It was available with standard coatings too, I recall. Anyhoo...ones that are vulnerable should be marked MCSOG or Multi Coated Silvered Optics Group...