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So this cabbie says: "Know who I had in this cab last week? Bertrand Russell! Wisest man in the Western World. And I says to him 'Bertie, what's it all about?' And do you know, he couldn't tell me..." Kenneth Williams
Meade LX200GPS 14", Meade LX200ACF 10" Celestron C8 SCT w/Hyperstar (CGEM Mounted) Explore Scientific AR152, 127mm APO, 102mm APO, 80mm APO AT 6" RC, William Optics GTF 102 Lunt LS60TDS & Cak B1200 QHY10, ATIK 460EX(M), 450C, Starlight Express H18 w/FW and OAG Orion StarShoot Pro V.2, Orion StarShoot SS III, NexImage 5 & PG Chameleon Meade LPI, DSI-C 1, Lodestar & SSAG (autoguiders) Canon XSi Digital Rebel Hap Modded Images Plus 4.0, MaxIM DL Pro 5.14, BackyardEOS
“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
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 C11 Orion 8" Newton Astrograph Orion 180mm MCT Explorer Scientific AR152 Celestron NexStar 8SE Orion ST80a Orion StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Orion BT-100 Celestron CGEM Stellacam II (video) Stellacam III (video) Samsung SCB-2000 Modified Astro-Video Systems Advance MKII Video Camera Orion G3 Color CCD Canon 6D DSLR for astro imaging
CG-11 5"mak,CR6&4,c60(vixen)ST120,MK67 1939 B&L 7x50,1943 AO M28 Past Friends 32 rfrs including 6" petzel,antares 6" 1529, Antares 4"f15,Jaegers 5" f5,76mm Mayflower,etc 19 Newt 4"-16" including Meade 1266 RG,DS16,SN10,RV6,SPC6,6"SS conqueror,5.5"CC,10" homemade,4" dynascope.etc 16 sct/mct 90mm-10" including Meade 2010,Super C8,180mm Orion mak,meade 2045,c90 etc 250 binos My Gallery
"A telescope is either good or cheap, not both" - but sometimes you get lucky!
Quote:It's my understanding that Bosma makes the iOptron 150mm MCTs. Is that true of the Altair model as well?
Quote: Does anyone know who ultimately fabricates the Orion 150 and 180 MCTs?
Celestron 8SE XLT Celestron 6SE + Antares f/0.63 focal reducer Celestron SE Goto Mount Kson 1026 ED Carbon Fibre tube Skywatcher Synscan AZ Goto Various EPs (Baader Mk III Zooom, BST, Televue, X-Cel LX)
Orion Xt6i, Orion Xt8i, Sky-Watcher 10
Quote:The c6 is a dog on planets, I had 3 or 4 of them.Brand new ones and used ones, better on deep sky, pretty good on the moon, but planetary detail banding on jup and sat, not good.
Dobs: Orion XX14i, XT8
Refractors: ES 127ED CF, Orion ED80/ST80
Mounts: CGEM, AT Voyager
"My collimation is stellar!"
Quote:HelloI'm looking at some Cat model that is manageable enough to move with one hand, not too heavy, but with sufficient diameter to enjoy the deep sky objects and planets ..Perhaps the SC 6 "Mak or 127 ..? Some others? Thanks
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Quote:Which is better for photography? I suppose that comes down to the flatness of the image plane. As I understand it, the non-EdgeHD SCTs don't have a particularly flat image plane, although the focal reducer helps (but now it's a shorter focal length). Cheers, Keith
12" DSH 8" f/4 Vega MakNewt
Quote:The SCT may be easier to collimate, but aren't you more likely to have to collimate it, or have to collimate it more often? And when you do collimate it, is it as well collimated as it was when it came from the factory?
Quote:Depends on what sort of photography you fancy.