In continuing to thin the herd and reduce redundancy, I had toyed with the idea of selling my Questar because, as I noted in the previous post. Its images were very close to those of the FC76, but in other respects it is a very different sort of specimen, and my only Mak. So on really mulling over that prospect, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The Q will remain both longterm member and crown jewel in my collection. And in my old age it will no doubt advance to position of MVP as well. Instead, I’ve decided to let my little 1977 OT C5 to go. It’s a minty, complete little time capsule of a scope that’s not that much bigger than the Q in aperture, but considerably more in bulk and weight. I would have not considered letting the C5 go when I didn’t have a C8 but that changed early last year when I got that terrific deal, and I have become quite attached to it (the 8). Now my 1977 OT C8 will carry the Celestron SCT banner in my collection and also occupy the position of largest aperture scope. The C5 will go up in the Classifieds soon.
Good choice. My little Q is the most comfortable cool little telescope I have and I spent over 2 hours with it the other night. Quickly set the fork to 90 degrees, centered Polaris in the finder, set the RA circle on Gamma Aries, and spent the next couple of hours working through the Cambridge Double Star Atlas, set the RA and Dec to read the target, flip to the finder, center the star, and back to main optics and barlow as needed.
Also spent time on the Messier open clusters in Auriga and Gemini, some of the brighter NGC in Monoceros, plus M42. I happily found that I can just squeeze all 7 sisters of the Pleiades in the field of my 32mm Circle NJ Tele Vue Plossl with it. For tracking I velcro-ed a Nexgadget lithium jump start pack with built in AC inverter to the leg of my Davis and Sanford model A tripod, just above the horizontal brace, so no extension cord to get in the way, either.
I would say the C5 has more reach than the Q, especially for resolving the brighter Messier globulars but is less comfortable to use, and can't work in equatorial mode on a one handed carry tripod. My 1976 is a dense little unit, but I'd likely keep it over my 1975 C8 if I had to choose since the C8 takes a long time to cool down a lot of nights, even here in San Diego, whereas the C5 is much more immediate. And the C8 is bracketed on the upper end by my C10 which is a really nice scope to use but a "brick-schmidthouse" to carry out (67 pounds for tube and forks and they don't separate the way the C11 and C14 did)
But I like them all.