I'm am excited that I was able to find this at a local astronomy shop. I had a fast reflector at f3.9 and a StellarVue refractor that also has a wide field of view for photography. I asked myself why I needed two scopes with wide fields of view. Anyway I picked up this pretty modified Celestron SCT 11in with StarBright XLT coatings for 1000 bucks. I took it over to my astronomy professor and he said that collimation looked very good. The previous owner had added two fans, a Baadar two inch eyepiece holder, and he added felt to the inside of the scope. guess they call it flocking? We tested it out and took two great pictures of Jupiter and Saturn. I was taken away with the views this telescope gave me. I felt like I could pull the planets right from the scope and hold them in my hands, that's how detailed they were. It wasn't just a dot like I've seen on my reflector. My SCT is sitting on my CGX mount. Both my astronomy professor and his friend who have done astronomy all their lives and work with CGX mounts said that the three weights wont hurt it. Anyway, looking to have many nights with it. I hope it holds up for a long time, knowing that it was modified like this. I was told that modified equipment usually doesn't get a lot of love, so I'll see if I made good with this big boy.
As I get older I learn from my astronomy mistakes and now with this new mistake buying and F3.9 scope, I can pass that knowledge on to someone else. Learning is fun.
As always clear skies