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#76 Jonathan

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 07:52 AM

Hello Daniel and interesting post,

 

do you believe that the white paper on the edge HD design is mostly a marketing tool and the info within the paper is misleading? Anyone else have an opinion on this topic?

 

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:07 AM

Hello Daniel and interesting post,

 

do you believe that the white paper on the edge HD design is mostly a marketing tool and the info within the paper is misleading? Anyone else have an opinion on this topic?

 

Thank you

Having read and researched it, Celestron’s White Paper is a factual and well written document.  They are using it to demonstrate the Edge HD’s superiority for wide field imaging over their competitors.


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#78 Daniel Mounsey

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 07:32 PM

Hello Daniel and interesting post,

 

do you believe that the white paper on the edge HD design is mostly a marketing tool and the info within the paper is misleading? Anyone else have an opinion on this topic?

 

Thank you

 

Not at all. The White Paper is wonderful and Celestron did an outstanding job. I was with Celestron during the time they were completing it. I just think observers are making their own misinterpretations and taking matters out of context without even realizing it. The Edge HD is a wonderful telescope both visually and especially photographically. My main complaint is eyepieces and I think observers just need to take that matter into consideration. 


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#79 Jonathan

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 09:12 PM

Yes, it does emphasize in the documentation that premium eyepieces are required to to take full advantage of the edges' design, i.e., wide field.

 

Thanks


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:39 AM

Probably better for 2 flights of stairs than the 11 lol.

Would you get a CPC model? Or can you place the OTA on a cpc heavy tripod or a tad lighter and lighter mount?

A 9.25 will do a great job on so many more objects, I like the 11 for it helps me see faint Galaxies also from the backyard. Not that a 9.25 wouldn't but considering I use my 11" 90% of the time from an easily accessible backyard patio 5 feet away, I may as well get the biggest aperture I'd feel ok carrying in one shot. 5 feet is just 5 feet. smile.gif

A lighter CPC mount/model in the future would be great.

The 11 is quite daunting in the beginning, but as a backyard patio grab n go it seems to work well. I take it to dark sites as much as possible, the OTA and attached mount sit in the front seat first class. You can pretty much make the tripod and tray turn into the size of a golf club bag.

No, I would not get the CPC.  I don't need goto.  Actually I want to avoid goto.  I'm a seasoned star hopper.  Goto just gets in my way.  Tracking is nice, but the extra weight and bulk is not worth it to me.

 

I'd want to mount either a 9.25 or 11 on my DM6 on T-Pod 110.  LC for the DM6 is 40 lbs. LC for the T-Pod is 220 lbs. 

 

But neither would be a backyard scope for me, because I don't have a backyard. wink.gif  At home I usually take out smaller Cats, small APO refractors or binoculars.  For now, either would be mostly a dark site scope.

 

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Edited by Sarkikos, 06 December 2018 - 06:40 AM.


#81 Sarkikos

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:43 AM

Just the OTA for the EdgeHD 8" is about $1400.  Why not put some money into the eyepieces?  The Edge scopes are well-corrected.  Why wouldn't you want to use well-corrected eyepieces? shrug.gif

 

I even use my well-corrected eyepieces in my less well-corrected scopes.  It certainly doesn't hurt.  And you can have a much clearer idea of the quality of the telescope.

 

Mike


Edited by Sarkikos, 06 December 2018 - 06:50 AM.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:11 AM

Yea, but you have every eyepiece already. You need more scopes. :)

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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:37 AM

Not at all. The White Paper is wonderful and Celestron did an outstanding job. I was with Celestron during the time they were completing it. I just think observers are making their own misinterpretations and taking matters out of context without even realizing it. The Edge HD is a wonderful telescope both visually and especially photographically. My main complaint is eyepieces and I think observers just need to take that matter into consideration. 

I agree.  Premium eyepieces make a big difference.  My collection consists of Pentax (40  XL, 30, 10 and 7 XW) and Televue (Nagler 22 and 17 Type 4, and Delos 14 and 4.5).  I had to forego Ethos eyepieces because I need long eye relief.  My bank account has also been spared a huge dent. grin.gif 

 

I particularly like the 40 XL in the Edge with the reducer,  It gives a 1.5 degree true field with only a trivial amount of vignetting.

 

The focal length of the 9.25 rendered the shorter focal length eyepieces mostly unusable until I added the reducer into the mix.  Fortunately all of the EPs were ( and are) usable in my Equinox 120.


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:43 AM

Yea, but you have every eyepiece already. You need more scopes. smile.gif

No more scopes ... unless I sell some to make room.

 

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