I'm sure some of you were probably quite worried that I had gone down to just one classic scope after selling the 2080, parting out the Super Space Conqueror, and selling the C60.
Well, that era of one Classic is over once again, as I've bought an orange C8 from a fellow CN user. It's in great shape apart from needing the secondary re-shimmed, a task I am eager to do anyways.
I only purchased the OTA. I can't stand <11" fork mounted SCTs, as I like to observe objects near the pole a lot, and one cannot fit their head between the fork arms! Thus, I am mounting it on a CG-5 I bought off Craigslist which has an RA drive and hand controller (the DEC drive jack was broken so I sold the drive to someone that could fix that).
The practical justification of this scope is mainly for outreach. My 16" Dob is just too big to easily transport and set up for regular outreach sessions, which I am doing a lot more of lately, and I couldn't possibly set it up on the balcony of the local observatory without a crane. The 6" Dob I have is currently completely dismantled (needs rebuilding) and in any case it's very low to the ground and easily bumped. At the same time, the C8 offers me a little more light gathering than the 6" Dob and the motor drive offers some convenience, so I figure it'll be used for shorter observing sessions from 30-90 minutes in length, such as times when I wake up very early in the morning or there's a near-full Moon.
The OTA ships Friday and I should get it sometime next week. I'm looking for a used dovetail and f/6.3 reducer, but if I cannot find a used dovetail I will probably forego the reducer and get a dovetail from ADM.
More info soon!
Edited by Augustus, 15 May 2018 - 12:56 PM.