Quote: I use to have a 10" lx200 and back then didn't like having to hoist that thing up on the triod.
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Quote:I got a 4' table from Lowe's that is an excellent observing table that also is very good to put the CPC mount and tube on insofar as it can easily be transferred from the top of this table to the tripod without strain. This is another tip in making the "hoisting" less problematic. Also, the tripod on the CPC series is designed for relatively easy mounting of the fork/telescope. If possible, if you investigate these telescopes you might find a dealer if nearby and get a demonstration of this procedure. Or you could get a Celestron 8SE which is almost a one handed grab and go scope, including the tripod. Tim
Quote: Quote: I use to have a 10" lx200 and back then didn't like having to hoist that thing up on the triod. Agreed! Had the LX-50 version myself, and OTA+forks+base was ~65 pounds! If i were to BV off of an EQ mount, i'd probably try a 10" F4 Newt with rotating rings- so the focuser could always be positioned at a reasonable angle... tho it might mean standing sometimes, rather than seated observing?For seated observing, an SCT is tough to beat! I used my 10" SCT for a decade, and now that i've moved to premium Newt optics, i can say the SCT's optics were probably barely "diffraction limited", if not a shade less. OTOH, i had some time to view thru Orion's 10" F4 'imaging' Newt on an EQ mount- the views were excellent!So at this point i'd be hard-pressed to decide for seated SCT viewing, even as wonderfully comfortable & ergonomic as it would certainly be, when similar aperture sit/stand Newt viewing was an option. But, as they say, YMMV. mike b
Quote: won't have the funds for a top end bino set so will be looking at something like the celestrons or simular..
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Jeff Huston Obsession 30" f/5 (#102) Obsession 18" f/4.5 (#264) Celestron C9.25 f/10 Losmandy GM8 Cave 8" f/6 Newt Orion 80 and 120mm f/5 achro Coronado PST Vixen Polaris
Quote:If you're ever looking to get back into an SCT... I highly recommend the C9.25's... you can get away with a little lighter weight mount (I know how you feel, I used to own a 10" LX-50 before migrating it to an Atlas EQ-G... then giving it up entirely, for a C9.25 on a Losmandy GM-8... a GREAT setup!).