A new scope is on the horizon. Maybe close, maybe a bit farther away. The exact OTA has not yet been determined but it will be 130mm aperture, ~900mm FL. Whichever OTA I decide, it will have some flavor of Moonlite focuser.
Mind you I'm leaning very heavily towards the SVX130/Nitecrawler combo, but I could just as easily put a Nitecrawler or CFL on any of the other options. I currently have a CF on my ED80 so installing a CFL on the new OTA would be very familiar territory. The SVX combo is easily do-able however my bank account, ever the perpetual cheapskate, is leaning towards more modest options. I just want to cover all the bases.
So I would like to hear from you Nitecrawler owners. Extra credit if you can compare the Nitecrawler with a CF/CFL.
Obviously the Nitecrawler will have a big advantage in framing, not just for mosaics but also single frames. Has the finer resolution in focus shown itself to be much of an improvement? How well does it play with SGP's (or NINA) focus routine?
Any problems automating PHD2 calibrations after a rotation? Any issues with using different rotations on different targets throughout the night (with proper PHD calibrations, of course)?
Can the Nitecrawler use the plate solve data to correct any small rotational changes in the imaging train? Can a reference frame be used to calibrate rotation; i.e. set a zero point or starting point, before an imaging session? I find that on long, multi night/week projects some small amount of rotation is invariably introduced into the system over time.
I appreciate any information shared. Thank you.