The only thing better than a dob is a small piggyback refractor sitting on top of one with the eyepieces next to each other.
I use Jon's 70mm pieced together design using F/4.5 Carton optics on my 12.5" New Moon. That works especially well because
it is exceptionally light for the aperture. I don't like having to set up multiple scopes and work back and forth when they can be
used together. I do like looking at the same targets in both scopes and the refractor becomes a super finder that can also switch out
My Z12 used to have an 80mm ATEDT piggybacked but now I mostly use the New Moon scope so now the AstroTech usually sits on
a TV Panoramic mount and ash tripod. The Z8 with piggyback ST80 is still my travel/outreach scope and is a lot of fun. For counterbalance
I use the Harbor Freight 7 pound magnet covered with tape to prevent scratches plus weights screwed onto the very bottom. I use the
screw holes left after removing the mirror locking screws. Those screws are worse than useless anyway because they are 60 degrees
offset from the collimation screws. Tightening them down only makes collimation more difficult. Better to just replace the springs.
Edited by rowdy388, 24 January 2021 - 03:05 PM.