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#1 miniqtone

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 08:53 PM

New or used.....

 

Budget not to exceed $650.

Would like to do some AP of an entry level to intermediate sort....but will be 85% visual.

 

Suggestions?

 

Many thanks!

 

Best,

Terry



#2 petert913

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Posted 21 July 2019 - 09:35 PM

It's either gonna be a Celestron AVX or a Meade LX85.  That's about as lightweight as you

should go with a C8.    An Orion or Skywatcher HEQ-5 is good too, but more money.

 

Both are closer to $800.  But used gear is always a good option.


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Posted 21 July 2019 - 10:01 PM

I'd agree with the choice of the above comment...



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Posted 21 July 2019 - 10:03 PM

You should be able to find a used AVX within your budget. That would be my choice for your planned use. 



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Posted 21 July 2019 - 10:09 PM

Being a long time C8 owner it is not my favorite optics for learning AP.  I did it over a span of 5 years and threw away a LOT of smeared images.  A DSLR, fast prime lens, and sturdy tripod will deliver a lot better results more quickly.


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Posted 21 July 2019 - 10:24 PM

I know this would blow your budget, but I wanted to mention how well StarSense systems work with the AVX. The GoTo accuracy is pretty phenomenal on mine, and it takes away all of the (minor) pain associated with 2+4 manual alignment. 



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Posted 21 July 2019 - 11:47 PM

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Looks like used it the only way to meet your budget.



#8 miniqtone

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 09:05 AM

Many thanks for all of the helpful comments thus far!



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Posted 23 July 2019 - 12:02 AM

A vote for the AVX.  Look for a used one probably.  However, as was stated, the C8 is not the scope to really learn imaging on with the exception of planets and the moon.  With a C8 on a small mount, you can really only expect to take short exposures so that planets and the moon (or the sun) are the only realistic targets.


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