I recently purchased an Orion XT10g which will be replacing my Evolution mounted EdgeHD 8 and a 10" Zhummel Dob.
This scope will give me the extra aperture that the Zhummel has as well as the tracking and GoTo of the Evolution.
I made a few upgrades before I took it out for its first night under the stars...
- Center spotted the primary with Catseye's Hotspot (already have set of their collimation tools)
- Installed Protostar FlockBoard along the full length of the tube
- Replaced the focuser with a Moonlight CR focuser
- Added a couple Farpoint lifting straps
- Added Bob's Knobs to the secondary holder.
Last night it had its first light. Overall I'm quite happy.
Collimation was easy as expected using Catseye's tools.
Alignment (two-star) was similarly quite quick and easy. Objects were found easily and well within, if not near the center of my lowest power, widest field eyepiece (17mm Ethos)
Skies were clear and transparency was above average. Seeing wasn't the best so I kept to low powers. Very impressed with the optical quality.
Using my GSO coma corrector I got near perfect images even at the edge of a 100º field of view. As was the case with my Zhummel Z10, the GSO corrector is plug-and-play. No need to do any adjusting or fiddling.
Panning around via the hand controller was very smooth. No backlash noted.
Now the only issue that I have is that the azimuth movement, manually that is, is very stiff. Stiff to the point of really not possible without toppling the whole scope over. I've already raised this concern with Orion and they are sending a new base out to me.
I'm hopeful that issue will be fixed.