My mount has compatibility to support 10lbs of a lightweight doublet, say something like a Vixen SD115S. If I already have a Vixen ED81S WT for imaging, will there be a decent enough payoff from imaging the same scene simultaneously with a larger aperture on the same mount? As it is now, as pictured - that 10lb counterweight doesn't need to go down from highest position to balance the 81s once the DSLR and guide scope is attached, so I've got room to add to around near half of the 33lb weight limit claim by Meade.
My hope is that I could get greater clarity in smaller sections, while the 81mm works on the wide angle to help save imaging time. But is that an actual use case any of you do?
Or would you suggest putting some other type of scope on the mount instead say a lightweight reflector or a Rasa 8? I'm considering if I go all refractor this is turning into a great solar imaging rig with some decent filters, but if mm difference is minimal I'm okay just taking a scope off and using the $ on a scope that opens up more potential from where I am.
I will have a ZWO ASI071 soon, which may be a great candidate to throw on the new scope upgrade next year, whatever scope I go with. That should free up my Rokinon 135 + DSLR for a star tracker to do early imaging on other targets as I do detailed work on others.
Thanks for any pics of your rigs or use cases that may help me decide on future direction next year, which is always on my mind. To me, an upgrade from 81mm doublet to the 115mm doublet range seems like the natural next step, but I'd like to hear from others who have gone there before. I'd love to keep it steady with the Vixen to maximize compatibility with accessories for the 81s - so *cough*... also let me know if you're considering selling a Vixen in that focal range in the near future! That 81mm has been a beautiful scope to use.
Edited by psychwolf, 30 June 2020 - 01:33 PM.