I knew once I started my Celestron C5+ project that downsizing meant downsizing all the way. Including a 1.25" Televue Everbrite diagonal and 1.25" eyepieces. Many of you are probably wondering "Why the heck would the RalphMeister do something so crazy"? First of all, with the Celestron C5 you really do not gain anything by going with 2" accessories, except vignetting, costing more money and the extra weight which would make the C5 back-end heavy.
I have had many years of visual observing with 2" eyepieces, now that I needed to down-size, I decided to go all the way. Besides, there are some really nice 1.25" eyepieces, the TV 24mm Panoptic for example.
While the stock focuser that C5+ is equipped with is okay, but I want more back and forward focussing leway. A Starlite Instruments feathertouch, 2-speed with 3/4" travel combined with the ability to move the primary back and forth should give me all the focussing travel I could ever want. The problem is, there isn't much in the way of 1.25" focusers for SCT telescopes available.
Also, the Starlite instruments Feather touch is rather pricey for just being a 1.25". Having had several of these focusers in the past, I really do love them and as long as I am able, I would like to stick with my C5+ and enjoy it for as long as I can.
So, who out there have purchased a SL Feathertouch 1.25" and do you like it?
Clear skies and keep looking up!