So, I want to get a 8" or so SCT I think. I may end up going for a dobsonian of the same size, but for now I am liking some of what I see in the SCTs. I basically want a scope big enough to get into the hobby, but small enough that I can take into the SoCal mountains and deserts on the weekend where there is lot less light noise. I don't want to get something so big as I can't fairly easily set it up myself. So at least i know as telescopes go, for a number of reasons, size does matter.
I have noticed locally, you can get some decent deals (and sometimes crazy overpriced) on older tech SCTs. For example, 8" Meade lx200 gps telescope or a Celestron CPC 1100. In fact the Celestron that i saw, included a case that cost almost as much as they as the current sales price. I get the Celestron is pretty big, but putting that aside for a moment, I am questioning the old technology.
These 15 year old scopes, assuming everything in good condition, still have fairly old technology. As a computer guy, i know how just a couple years can make a difference in upgrades, accessories, etc. So I am wondering from all of your experience, where is the cutoff where it is not worth even looking at regardless of price. Is the old tech still workable in telescopes, or should I really be thinking that the future is in go-to and wifi tech? Are these scopes upgradeable to newer tech? Assuming the telescope is in good working order, do i even need to worry about ugrading the tech?
What is the useable life of these scopes?
Would love to hear your opinions!
Thanks in advance!!!
Edited by brucemichael, 06 August 2020 - 04:59 PM.