SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90 RAPTOR MOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVX CAMERAS: Canon 60D;Lodestar EYEPIECES:31T5;D14;D8;P20;P25;P32;TMB9 The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
B Cuddihee 1968 Jason Empire 60X700mm refractor 1977 Jason Empire 313 discoveror EQ Celestron Nexstar8SE "The Bumblebee", with Feathertouch Microfocuser, and Celestron CPC Heavy Duty Tripod. Stellarvue 50mm "Sparrowhawk" finder Denk bino's with Power x switch. Pair of Edmund 28 plossls. Pair of Edmund 28 RKE'S Pair of 24mm Brandons. Pair of Smart Astronomy 19 EF's. Pair of 18mm Celestron Ultimas
Quote:I would not call the EdgeHD Grab and go. It is very portable, and if you are going to use a bigger mount for it, the mount is more of an issue than the OTAs are.
Quote:Given you already have the C11, I’d go for the Stellarvue.
Quote: but I have to wonder if it's something I could live with
Quote:I personally have little love for 4" telescopes because they just don't have enough light gathering to make the expense seem justified....But it is not exactly Grab and Go.So, to me the central question that only you can answer is "How much would I use a Grab and go telescope if I owned one?
Quote:More and more I would take little visual tours with the refractor before imaging sessions. I fell in love with (the only way I can describe it) the "crisp" views it gave me. The C8 beats it hands down on faint small galaxies and planetaries but for Globs, Open clusters and most nebulae the SVR90T is pretty hard to beat.
CPC 1100 Fastar / FeatherTouch / Moonlite CS / StarSeek StellarVue SVR-90T Raptor / NexstarSE / Sky-Fi / Vixen Porta II Lunt LS80T/B1800 / Moonlite CF Canon 12X36 IS II Ethos 13mm, 17mm / Nagler 31mm / PanO 41mm ES100 9mm, 20mm / ES82 4.7mm, 24mm 2X Powermate MaxBright Bino Hyperion 8mm x2, 13mm x2, 17mm x2, 21mm x2 Baader Ceramic Wedge
Quote:I find myself spending most of the evening using my raptor, even though my 11 is standing right there. Everything just looks so good through it. Crisp is definitely how I would describe it.
Quote: Quote:I find myself spending most of the evening using my raptor, even though my 11 is standing right there. Everything just looks so good through it. Crisp is definitely how I would describe it. Well hmmmm...I'm not sure that would be the case for me. I've had far more fantastic views looking through my C11 than any 3-4" refractors I've looked through. That's not to say I don't appreciate the views through small refractors...I do. I especially like twin refractors! Patrick
Quote:Not so long ago, the natural competitor for a C8 was...a 4"APO. At least that was the general opion say 10-15 years ago. Now, it seems this isn't be the case anymore. What changed this?
Quote:Globulars through a 90mm scope are underwhelming to say the least. I have my c8se mounted on a celestron hd mount. Not quite as portable as it used to be on the standard mount but a welcome tradeoff in terms of stability.
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