Posted 21 February 2004 - 08:03 PM
I had to go to Chicago last month. Usually fly but just got tired of the airline passenger molestation policy at the gate. So drove up through the mountains. It was late at night and I had the Great Smokies to myself. Got up on the Blue Ridge Parkway at about 11:00pm, pulled over and looked up. Talk about seeing. I just haven't seen anything like that on the East Coast. Crystal clear skies and the stars were steady and bright. Little faint cotton balls visible all over the sky. Would have traded my car for a good portable scope right then. I have a 10" LX200 and 6" CR 150 in a Home Dome along with the ETX 90 but just can't carry those around (seems like the ETX is too small for my hands). So I ordered a 10" LXD55 Newt. with UHTC coatings back in November (expected delivery when central earth freezes over). I haven't seen one (it's insane the money we spend without even seeing the product) and it's prabably too big for what I want. The ideal scope would be light weight, not take up too much room, have a great setup time with go-to and be pretty good on deep sky. Something I could pull out of the back of the truck, setup quickly and take down just as fast.
Question: Would the NexStar 8 GPS with Starbright be a better "seize the moment" scope than the 10" LXD55 Newt with UHTC?
(posted this over in the LXD55 forum too for that perspective)