Hi all. I'm looking for a combination OTA and mount, or package for road travel. Not for a dedicated stargazing trip where I can take my main scope, but something I can carry when going interstate for other reasons.
I'm very familiar with the SCT format and own and use an 1100 Edge HD regularly at home. I'm looking for a recommendation for something more compact I can easily take with me for travel that is convenient yet a fairly decent light collector, but with a shorter focal length than what I'm currently using for larger observation. It seems hard to beat the SCT form factor for compactness so whilst I've considered other options, I'm probably still looking at another. If it's in parts then I don't mind if it's relatively heavy since I'm used to assembling a 50kg monster at home on a regular basis, but I want something that won't take up my entire bootspace. That said, it looks really hard to beat something like a Celestron Nexstar 8SE and/or Evolution for compactness and lightness, and the added advantage would be it's a familiar form factor for me, and would allow me to attach my starsense autoalign to it, but my budget stretches beyond that. Additionally, I have some very nice eyepieces but half of them are 2" so I'd need to be able to use them or attach a 2" diagonal to it. The reason I'm looking at 8" is that the Nexstar SE Celestron packages are much the same size up to the 8". I guess I'm just looking for confirmation that the 8SE is the best package for me.
Summary of requirements:
For observation only.
As much aperture as I can in a portable form factor: 8" ?
Relatively short focal length.
Portability/compact. Lightweight not essential.
Go-To, or facility to attach one.
2" eyepiece capability or facility to attach 2" diagonal.
Budget: I dunno, up to 4k?
Thanks for your thoughts.
Edited by Ittaku, 04 December 2020 - 12:40 AM.