For the last year and a half I have been working to acquire the equipment and skill to image with my 12" LX200 classic OTA. I have it currently mounted on a Paramount MX+. Although this image is far from perfect it is the first one from this large scope that I considered good enough to post online. I hope you all enjoy it.
Like many here I was warned by the chorus about learning on this scope. No question they all correct. I subsequently put the scope aside and acquired a 100mm refractor. I have mostly imaged with that over the last year, with occasional experiments with the larger scope. The smaller scope was very much my key to success with the SCT.
In hindsight I would not purchase this SCT. The image scale with modern CMOS sensor make me leaning toward a 6" refractor as my next scope. Between the external Feathertouch focuser, the Starizona Large Format Reducer and the Celeston OAG and the Optec focus motor there is a serous financial investment in this scope.
The image is a 25 hour integration of LRGB. I am also collecting some Ha and plan to incorporate that soon. The data was processed in PI. My current acquisition software is a Python script written for TheSkyX by Ken Sturrock. The camera is a ASI2600mm Pro with Chroma filters.
Here is the link to a high resolution image over at Astrobin: