Searching for a 1st telescope and after tons of reading I’ve almost abandoned the alt/az mount in favor of a GEM. My question is, if I want to “run” out in the backyard and relatively quickly look at a blood moon or a bright comet or something, do I have to go through polar alignment and a 1, 2, or 3 star alignment before I can look at the something?
FYI: I’m considering the Celestron CGEM II 800 EdgeHD w/40 lbs load capacity and 14 lbs OTA. I foresee wanting to get into astrophotography at some point... probably 5 minutes after the ‘scope arrives!
If you want to get into Astro-Photography, do yourself a favor and start with a shorter, faster scope. An 8 inch F/10 is not a scope suited for a first time Astro-Photographer.
An 8 inch SCT on a Gem is not a scope I would choose for quick looks. it's a heavy rig that is not quick and easy to setup in the backyard. And after it's setup, it will need to wait for quite some time to cool so it provides good views at higher magnifications.