Need some help with SCT
Posted 04 April 2004 - 04:21 PM
I am not real good with EQ mounts but I am willing to learn. I would prefer a go-to but I can add this later with all three I believe. My gut says go with the C9 because of size. But I am not sure about the setup. I have read most of the post and I am still just looking for opinions and comments that might help with this task.
This will be the last scope for a long time since my wife is having a baby in a couple of months and I can no longer justify having two scopes. So this one will need to be one I can live with happly for several years... If that is possible in this field.
Posted 04 April 2004 - 05:51 PM
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Posted 04 April 2004 - 08:20 PM
John, who makes the digital setting circles? I might be interested in that in the future.
Posted 05 April 2004 - 07:11 AM
It's a great scope! and I've seen the special still available at a few places last week. Search around the web, I'll bet you can find one.
I agree that it's a hard scope to upgrade... but then again, sooner or later Astronomics is going to list an LX200 GPS mount for sale in their 'broken, borrowed and blue' section.
In the meantime, I have the same optics and with my telrad, who really needs goto anyway.
Good luck with your new scope whatever it may be!
Posted 05 April 2004 - 07:17 AM
Since I'm not doing photography (okay I am using an LPI a little), I just point the wedge sorta kinda toward Polaris. I just eyeball it. Takes 10 secs.
That's good enough for most nights (95%) when I'm not hunting those 'hard to find' objects.
The Telrad makes my 'quick' alignment very very usable, since I'm not using the setting circles. It's only $30. It's a little ugly though, some people like the Rigel finder or APogee's new baby telrad better.
Posted 05 April 2004 - 12:53 PM
I am not real good with EQ mounts but I am willing to learn. I would prefer a go-to but I can add this later with all three I believe. My gut says go with the C9 because of size. But I am not sure about the setup.
I'd never had a scope before, but the EQ mount w/goto isn't really tough to learn. None of the AS 9.25 components are really heavy. The OTA weighs 21 pounds. Befor the clouds rolled in last night, I had about one and a half hours to work with. Within that time period I was able to set up, check out Jupiter, saturn and about 25 Messier and NGC objects.
Posted 05 April 2004 - 01:11 PM
Ok looks like I am going to sale my dob and my orion refractor to jump into the CAT market. I have about 1300+ to speed no more than $1599. I am looking at three scopes. The celestron C9 1/4-S ADVANCED SERIES, the nexstar 8i, and the meade 8" LX-10.
I am not real good with EQ mounts but I am willing to learn. I would prefer a go-to but I can add this later with all three I believe.
No, you CANNOT add GoTo later to the C9.25S (short of purchasing the mount for $695 and trying to sell the old one). There is no conversion possible.
I definitely recommend the GoTo. If finances dictate a choice between the C8S-GT and the C9.25S I would say get the C8S-GT. This way you have an open path to other scopes in this series (i.e. two years down the road, sell the C8 OTA and get a C9.25 OTA. Or get one of the excellent C6R OTA's, or a different refractor, or...). I have used on my mount a C8 OTA, a C9.25, a Meade AR-5 OTA (I was wondering if the mount would protest but it didn't ) and a C6R so this is a very live possibility.
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