I just started serious imaging having recently acquired a real mount Orion Atlas, and a guide setup. So far its been pretty good but still a lot to learn in the way of fine-tuning the setup.
I am pretty happy with the first few images out of my 6" reflector but I'm really not feeling the diffraction spikes. I know the recommendations are to use refractors but I can't afford a good APO right now.
I'm (cautiously) intrigued by the concept of curved spider vanes and having round stars. It seems like the popular (and only?) choice is 1800Destiny.com but I've not seen many images on Astrobin or otherwise that are using curved spiders.
So I'm wondering a few things and would greatly any input and especially if you do use curved spider vanes:
1) Is there a good reason why they aren't as common? (do people prefer diffraction spikes?)
2) Do they significantly compromise rigidity to a point where imaging is not recommended?
3) Does anyone have images or found images online from on reflectors with curved vanes? I'd love to see them!
Celestron 6" Omni XLT
Orion Atlas EQ-G
ZWO120mms + ZWO 60mm F/4.6 guidescope