I keep on buying astro stuff and a few years later it lies in some corner of my estate rusting away and waiting to be inherited- if you get my drift.
I have a Celestron 11" RASA which has been in its storage crate for the last 2 years whilst I acquired all the accessories for it. I just about bought everything from the Baader UFC system, camera and everything else that was a nicety. The only thing I did not have was a suitable mount.
I was having a sort through my "junk" collection & bingo- I found a pair of parallax rings to which fitted my long sold C11. I looked at the C14 on the Paramount in its Bisque rings & In a fit of madness I stripped down the entire C14- rings, camera assembly and all.
I have mounted the RASA on the Paramount using the Parallax rings and the C14 has gone into storage.
My rational is that I longed for simpler imaging. The C14 is great when conditions allow but they were becoming few & far between. I can accomplish with the RASA in one hour which was taking 20 hours using the C14. I just need to get used to the vastly reduced image scale.
The lesson I learnt- use what you have to hand. It's great to have shiny new things but ultimately my bank account feels better for it. I really would like a big expensive new mount but sadly my wife has other ideas!
Clear skies to you all & look for some RASA pictures shortly.