I'm a C11 owner and user/abuser, having graduated from an 8SE 2 year ago. My C11 was a CPC 1100 until I liberated it and showed it all things equatorial. Or, I tried to; my planetary results have been underwhelming and to be honest, while there have been notable improvements in my planetary images at various junctures, the reality is that none of the handful of decent images (in my opinion, anyway) come close to those who are fortunate to image from more amenable climes. Truth be told, I look in admiration but with a sense of despair at "small bore challenge" pics and note ruefully "I wish".I love my C11 and it brightens my day to think I have one of the most formidable planet-busting **** machines I could possibly be blessed with, and it is with great satisfaction that I can now collimate it and train it upon distant planets and their moons, something I had never thought feasible to me until recent years.
But lets get back to the results.
Lousy. And it's not my fault. The problem is where I live.
So I've been thinking of calling a spade a spade and changing things. Most times I can't even get near the focal ratio my "plancam" 224MC would love to capture at, in fact, more often than not, it's at native f/10, or worse, using a reducer, and then with some filter to cut through the crud with - in other words I'm using my scope at around 1/4 of it's resolution. So here's what I've been thinking -
Get a "big" refractor, say 150mm aperture and barlow up according to the seeing when the planets are high and go with that. OK, I'd get a smaller image, but have you see some of my actual images? The smaller the better.
Some have suggested already that I hyperstar the C11 and while it seems a good idea, I worry that my SW EQ6 mount and my polar aligning abilities would get in the way of the accuracy that the f/2 hyperstarred C11 would require.
Recently, deep sky imaging is something I'm getting very interested in and hence the lean towards a refractor. Don't get me wrong, planetary imaging is where I also love to be, but as I've said, it's not happening.
I know the planets are becoming more image-able now and things can only get better, right? But how much better? My question is
Have you thrown in the planetary towel and called it a day and if so, what did you decide to do?
(probably not the right forum to post this in, right? )
Edited by kevinbreen, 07 April 2021 - 02:27 PM.