Hello! I'm a potential purchaser of a Planewave 12.5 CDK. I'm a long-time (25 years) refractor user for both visual observing and imaging, but have always been interested in having a larger instrument. I've looked through friends' 10" scopes but the views were not up to snuff for me generally - stars weren't sharp and focusing was difficult. However galaxies and planetaries were nicer., so the idea of adding another larger scope has always been there.
Now this year is my 70th birthday and I have the opportunity to make a purchase, maybe the last time I'd want to. The 12.5 CDK falls within my budget and weight handling capabilities (at least now), and I'm asking for opinions of other users and owners, especially those with refractor experience.
I'm also interested in software support especially for focusing with the PW EFA and stock Hedrick focuser with programs like MaximDL and Sequence Generator Pro. I have done some internet searches and read some materials, but this seemed like the best place to ask for help.
Oh also - I have an AstroPhysics QuadTCC reducer, is it compatible instead of buying the PW model? I've seen some posts but no conclusion.
Thanks in advance
Wayne Hixson, Seattle Star Gazer