Hi and nice to meet you. This is my first thread. I live in the USA but am British, from London. I am a telecope beginner but have been into astronomy my whole life. I have recently decided to buy a telescope and have a few questions regarding that. Up until now I have been using 10 x .50 binoculars, heeding the advice the late Sir Patrick Moore once gave me in person - "buy binoculars, not that cheap rubbish they sell in Woolworths"
So, my I chose Celestron as my brand for the mount and the telescope.
I was going to get the Celestron 9.25" SCT with the Edge optics, married to a CGEM II mount. The Cubble Space Telescope
The problem I founfd was that the CGEM mount was far too heavy for me. It really is a dead weight and quite a handful if you're not used to lifting heavy items.Far be it for a beginner like me to give advice but really, if weight could be an issue for you, try and test these items in the flesh before purchase if at all possible.
In fact the CGEM mount was so heavy that I have sent it back, along with the OTA.
So I re-thought my initial choices for telescope and mount.
I am instead going to buy the Advanced VX mount, which weighs 20 lbs lighter than the CGEM. Goodness knows how people cope with the CGXL mounts, although they are things of beauty to me.
So I have the mount sorted out My question is about the telescope itself
I know this question has been asked many times before - but - for a beginner like me, do you think / feel the $800 difference between the 'plain' Celestron 9.25" CST and the 9.25" CST with Edge optics is worth the difference in money? I do want to try and observe anything in the sky that I can, planets, galaxies etc. Photography wise, I was thinking of getting a Celestron NexImgae, but mainly for the convenience of being able to view the image from the telescope on my laptop on cold nights.
So - should the Cubble Space Telescope be the Celestron plain 9.25" or the 9.25" with Edge optics. Are the Edge optics worth the $800 difference?
(Celestron 9.25" with VX mount = $2,099 9.25" Edge optics with VX mount = $2,899 )
Money is not a massive issue for me - I just don't want to spend an extra $800 for a possible very marginal difference.
Thanks for any thoughts or advice.
Edited by AstroCub, 05 July 2020 - 08:45 AM.