C14 is a small portable scope. Best used with a 92mm or 102mm refractor, which solve the narrow field problem. Dew is a problem, I mounted a dew strap internally and that is much more power efficient.
It is the scope most requested by girlfriend and peers. I try to use smaller rigs if moon or weather point to a shorter night. Several dob owners in my club have complained about heavy rocker boxes and moved to GEM mounted scts. The tube (45 lbs) and the battery (50 lbs) are the heaviest items in my rig. Everything on the mount is 20 to 30 lbs.
I used it for several years on G11 but mounting a refractor required more so I got an AP900.
Almost anything you look at in a c14 will be visible in a c11 but this is besides the point because the majority of objects will also be visible in 100 mm aperture. To duplicate jump from an unaided night pupil to 100mm you would need 200cm or 80 inch scope. Things are easier to see in a c14. But you have to push to extremes like Pal 14 to say well I saw it in 14 but not 11.
Large dobs have aperture advantage but are much less precise to use as tools. You have long single sided truss and the gearing and mechanics have not as a rule caught up to CNC aluminum. I would never tell someone don't get a large dob. But if you're into GEMS and the very precise control and steadiness they can give, if you have a good one, the c14 is a very good choice.
If you can't get a great mount don't get the c14 and be wary of comments such as "you can get away with" or "good enough for visual" in seeking advice on a mount. A c8 orb9.25 on a g11 is a lot more fun than a c14 on a marginal mount. A c14 on a solid mount is a pleasure to use.
Edited by gnowellsct, 07 September 2019 - 12:25 PM.