Quote:We both agree that eventually we will end up with the C11 eventually. Whether it will be the GPS or CGEM depends upon how deep we get into the AP. But for now we are a little confuzzled as to which is the next logical step. I have read that for many, the 9.25 is the "sweet spot" as far as weight, aperture, etc. But if the 11" is the eventual goal, the jump from 9.25 to 11 may be a little, I don't know, anticlimactic? My thought was the next to be the 800 GPS with a wedge and start the journey into AP. Then, after a few years, when we figure out if we have the desire, the time, AND the money, go up to the 1100 and on which mount.We discussed eventually getting a smaller dob (10" to 14") as part of the arsenal, but with her desire to do some AP, the SCT's will be the start of what we see as a growing arsenal. Are we approaching this rationally? The little Mak has given us greater views than either of us expected and I think we will be happy with the SCT. Ignorance is definitely bliss in this case, as the only other scopes we have observed through are a C8, a 10" Meade, a 10" dob, and a 24" Dob at an observatory on the east end of Long Island. If we are giving anything up (and we are sure we are, we have read and understand the pro's and cons of the different designs)it isn't anything we have experienced first hand.So, to the more experienced members, we ask you this. Does this sound like a logical course to you? Are we at least headed in the right direction to achieve what we hope to? Thanks in advance. Chaz & Beth.
Quote:Get the C8. You may in fact find that if imaging is your real goal it is all you ever need. What the C11 mainly gets you is a narrower field and more image scale. Which may be fine if you focus on smaller objects, but the C8 is more of an all-purpose imager. The CPC 800 is a fine scope, and if I wanted a new fork mount C8, it would be my choice. With the wedge it is capable of plenty of imaging, but it is also incredibly comfortable for visual use when set up on the tripod in alt-az mode.
Quote:I love my C11 also, but this along with the heavy duty CGE mount is not for those ageing or with bad backs, the OTA is big and weighs 27.5#
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Quote:lol Hank, the lady at the flower shop has helium, will that effect the images?