CPC 1100 XLT, 12" LX200GPS, or EQ Reflector
Posted 14 July 2005 - 01:49 PM
I am looking at possibly buying either a new Celestron CPC 1100 XLT for $3000 or a Meade 12" LX200GPS UTHC for $4100. The Celestron looks better to me and has a good price. Perhaps I might even go with an EQ mounted reflector like the Celestron C10-NGT which sells for about $1100.
Might anyone have some advice on what direction to go? I won't be buying until probably September if I do this.
Posted 14 July 2005 - 02:05 PM
Posted 14 July 2005 - 02:07 PM
Check with the guys in the imaging section.
But I am sure they will tell you that a fork mounted scope is not the way to go. I like forks because they are much easier to work with for me.
They will tell you getting a GEM and a widefield smaller refractor is the way to go for imaging for a start.
Personally, I think the CPC 9.25 XLT is a good way to for all around scope - viewing, imaging, big enough for deep space, goto, ease of setup and keeping weight down. A meade 12" is a heavy scope - although I am a big fan of Meade.
Posted 14 July 2005 - 02:35 PM
Personally, I got the 5" refractor on G-11 mount as my equipment of choice to foray into imaging, and I am still trying to decide between the STL-11000 or the ST-8 as camera choice, but my intended targets are Messier objects, and my equipment choices are lightyears ahead of me only because I desire to grow into their full potential, as opposed to outgrowing a more limited potential. (plus I miss terribly observing with an APO as well).
Also, for me, I am a real stickler for "sharpness and clarity", and a star exhibiting any "bloatiness" would drive me nuts, which is another reason for my choice of APO for imaging. (but be advised, I bought a $30,000 3-d graphics program just because I could not get the radiosity controls nor the rendering engine controls and speed from the typical hobbyist programs such as Bryce, Vue d'Sprit, etc etc, and this was just for goofing around! LOL)
Posted 14 July 2005 - 02:46 PM
Posted 14 July 2005 - 09:50 PM
As for the telescope, I want to see everything. I don't want one for one thing then another for something else.
Posted 14 July 2005 - 10:24 PM
Posted 15 July 2005 - 01:49 PM
Something to think about, you can buy a classic LX200 10in for not much more then that 10in Celestron newt you mentioned.
Posted 15 July 2005 - 04:54 PM
You can then mount your 8" on the EQ6 SkyScan with the 80mm piggybacked and image out of either scope.
The EQ6 SkyScan is a much more capable mount for imaging than the CG-5.
Posted 15 July 2005 - 10:04 PM
Posted 15 July 2005 - 10:13 PM
Thank you for your e-mail. The EQ5 SkyScan can take up to 40lbs so it should be able to handle the weight of your OTA with no problem. The length should be OK as well since it is a Newtonian. If you do find that the length of the tube is interfering with the tripod legs when observing objects near the Zenith, you may purchase the optional extension tube from Orion. It will ad about 8" to the height. For pricing information please contact Orion Telescopes and Binoculars directly. We do not have the information available.
For people curious enough to look up and wonder
P.S. - Obviously EQ5 was a typo in the e-mail.
Posted 15 July 2005 - 10:32 PM
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Posted 17 July 2005 - 04:36 PM