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“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
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"Considered as a collector of rare and precious things, the amateur astronomer has a great advantage over amateurs in other fields ... the amateur astronomer has access at all times to the original objects of his study; the masterworks of the heavens belong to him as much as to the great observatories of the world. And there is no privilege like that of being allowed to stand in the presence of the original." --Robert Burnham Jr, Burnham's Celestial Handbook
Minuses....Weight, no GOTO, and setup time. The forks and the OTA are heavy. Adding DSC's for the Ultima is expensive, using digital planetariums like SKEYE as a poor mans "push to" is an option.
I'm a purely visual guy, so my Ultima's days for astro photography are probably over. I use my fork mounted SCT essentially as a tracking DOB which it does very well at.
If I want to get into photography it won't be with that scope. Too hard to handle because of the weight of the mount.
Celestron Ultima 8 (1991) with a white tube (sold by Vixen) Orion Express 80 on a CG-4
Fujinon 7 X 50 Binoculars
Williams Optics 8-24 mm Zoom(type 1)
Orion Ultrascopic 5 mm
University Optics 6,7 mm
Explore Scientific 80 deg 6.8mm,8.8 mm, 11 mm, 18 mm Meade UWA: 24 mm
Meade SWA: 40 mm Orion Shorty II Plus Barlow
Zhumel Planetary 18mm 1.25"
i like this combo
Quote:well even more reason to get a tube and eq mount i guess.
why hesitant on it?
Quote:Quote:i like this combohttp://www.celestron.com/astronomy/celestron-c8-sgt-xlt.html That's an awesome combo but pricey brand new. Still I would pay $1500.00 for that (the cost of the C8 with the CG5 brand new) rather than $750.00 for a used fork mount.
Quote:i like this combohttp://www.celestron.com/astronomy/celestron-c8-sgt-xlt.html
Teeter's Telescope 15" F/4.5
C6, C8, MAK90, AT72ED, SV102ED, XT8i, XT4.5, C102GT OTA Lunt LS35THa/B600 CG-5GT, UA MicroStar Deluxe, Stellarvue M2
2.3x40, 6x30, 8x42, 15x70, Canon 10x30is
15" EP set: Delos 10, Nagler 31T5, Ethos 21, 13, 10, 8, 6, Paracorr II, Powermate 2x
AVX mount. 8SE. Explore Scientific ED80 APO, Comet Hunter & Twilight II mount. Orion XX14i w/Moonlight focuser. 10" Zhummel Dob Celestron XLT 120 on CG4 w/tracking. Orion ST 80 on Smart cube on survey tripod. Apogee 90 on Sunpak tripod Apogee RA-88-SA bino's 25x100 Tachyon 20x80 JT(?) 15x75 Skmaster C-90 Mak/Cas (Paper weight) Hyperions & a Paracor. http://sites.google.com/a/ericstarpage.net/www/home
Orion Xt6i, Orion Xt8i, Sky-Watcher 10
Quote:Oh, one issue with the Celestar Dlx is the potential for board failure. I believe there's a former Celestron employee out there somewhere who offers replacement boards/parts or fixes them, though my information is certainly dated (~8 yrs). A basic Celestar is simple/reliable (spur gear drive) for visual observing. I prefer a fork over an EQ mount as a matter of comfort, but agree with others that it's the way to go if you plan to image.
Quote:Frankly, I'd be hesitant to buy an LX90 right now...
Quote:Quote:Frankly, I'd be hesitant to buy an LX90 right now... Why? Is there something wrong with their quality?I'm thinking a Dob right now, but haven't ruled out a good SCT and the LX90 was looking good to me.Regards,Mark
CPC1100 Nexstar 8i + GPS & Rays Brackets Denk S1 power switch Orion 100 mm Refractor Meade LXD 55 ...AR-5 127 mm Refractor Gerbring heated clothing in the winter Exploradome Observatory S.I.E. (Smiling Irish Eyes) 39*21'03" N 77*28'12" W The sky over my head....