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berobertsmd
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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: t.r.]
      #5548227 - 12/01/12 02:47 AM

Sounds good Moey! Don't forget they are on sale now! You may want to check sevral sources,

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MRNUTTY
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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: Sarkikos]
      #5549222 - 12/01/12 06:44 PM

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I wish the C6 would go on sale again. I don't think I could dead lift a C-9.25, much less a C-14.


Mike




I dead lift a C6 and AT72ED mounted on an ioptron minitower up two flights of stairs. It's pretty easy, and I love the views. I get it all tweaked up and ready to go before sun down then haul it up at twilight. By dark it's redy to go.


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rmollise
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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: MRNUTTY]
      #5549985 - 12/02/12 09:19 AM

Before this thread ends, I want to come clean. My favored grab-n-go is not a CAT of any kind, but a little Orion StarBlast. More practical in that role than even my Orange Tube C90, I think. Light, wide field, 4-inches. Just about perfect for me--for now.

Edited by rmollise (12/02/12 09:19 AM)


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thesubwaypusher
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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5550663 - 12/02/12 04:50 PM

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I got a used 8in lx200 unmounted [~350], I added the dovetail and put it on a medium duty photo tripod with a alt/az mount [dsv-1]. added the finder shoe for the 8x50 finder and also change the visual back to 2in so I can you my es 35 70°. makes a world of difference.



I can pickup the kit and carry it upstairs from the basement with one hand.






Those are really beautiful pictures.


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stevew
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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5550664 - 12/02/12 04:50 PM Attachment (14 downloads)

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I want to come clean. My favored grab-n-go is not a CAT of any kind, but a little Orion StarBlast.



Rod, how disappointing.
I find that Grab and Go is all about the mount.
My C8 on an E.Z.Touch mount works for me.

Steve


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Kevdog
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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: dscarpa]
      #5555912 - 12/05/12 04:08 PM

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Once I got the hang of it I found it very easy to carry my C-9.25 on a Unistar-Sokkia tripod for a total weight of around 50 lbs. That said I do some pretty heavy duty weight training. My understanding is that The Hulk is partial to a C-14 as a grab and go. I take my SCT out before sunset and cool down hasn't been an issue. Keep in mind I do live in the land where water remains a liquid. David




I carry my C11 NexStar GPS and tripod together out 30 feet from my garage onto my driveway for viewing. Too much hassle to take it apart. I'm 5' 7" and 150lbs, so not exactly bulky and I don't find it an issue.

I wouldn't want anything smaller! But other people have different views on grab n go I guess Cooldown isn't a problem as I usually set it out before putting my 5 year old to bed and by the time we're done, the scope is ready to use!


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berobertsmd
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Loc: Brandon, Mississippi
Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: Kevdog]
      #5556858 - 12/06/12 03:52 AM

I leave my NexStar 8SE upper unit and tripod set-up. It's easy to move outside intact, but even if separate it's simple quick set-up. I have my tripod site marked, so I don't have to re-level each time. Whenever I first even think about a viewing session, I'll move the OTA outside to start cooling. Then by the time I move other gear outside, allow time for light accommodation, and finish set-up; cool down is usually not an issue. Heaviest item is about 20#. This gives a quick enough set-up for me and the advantage of go-to positioning I desire. Cool down would be even quicker with the NexStar 6SE being considered, IMO.

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orion61

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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: rmollise]
      #5556898 - 12/06/12 05:11 AM

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Before this thread ends, I want to come clean. My favored grab-n-go is not a CAT of any kind, but a little Orion StarBlast. More practical in that role than even my Orange Tube C90, I think. Light, wide field, 4-inches. Just about perfect for me--for now.



Hey I had one of those but mine had pretty bad SA I have heard they usually have goood optics. I'd like to try the 6"


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prestonrich
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Reged: 12/01/07

Loc: Washington DC Mayland suburbs
Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: orion61]
      #5561157 - 12/08/12 04:31 PM

C5 is best for me. C5 and C6 both have same rear baffle hole sizes so best wide angle is via the C5. Great w/the BIPH!

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GeneT
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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? new [Re: Moey]
      #5561195 - 12/08/12 04:52 PM

Since you have a 14.5 incher, I recommend the 6.

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Patrick
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Re: Ideal Grab'N'Go SCT? [Re: rmollise]
      #5561697 - 12/08/12 11:37 PM

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My favored grab-n-go is not a CAT of any kind, but a little Orion StarBlast.




I have the 4.5" Starblast, and I just can't get comfortable with it. Perhaps I just need a better mount for it.

Patrick


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