In the market for a new scope. I'm coming from a Celestron 127 SLT, with Goto.
How does the LX90 mount work in the 8, 10, 12" sizes, is it undersized?
What would a good price be, used for a 12"?
Is a 10 or 12" absurd to set-up?
Do they need frequent collimating before every session?
I enjoy being able to take my 127 SLT in and out of the house for short sessions ( in addition to longer sessions ).
I've gotten some pictures I've really been proud of, of Orion's Nebula and Jupiter/Saturn with the 127 SLT, would a 12" be a massive step up for DSO in light polluted skies?
TL:DR: I haven't had much luck seeing DSO besides Orion's Nebula (which looks pretty good at about 15 seconds, single exposure, dslr) in my fairly light polluted area. I feel I have sort of maxed out the abilities of my current scope. I've learned how to use it well, but beyond the planets and Orion I don't see much else interesting and I'm wondering if it partly has to do with my aperture size. With GoTo working perfectly, I see nothing of Bodie's Nebula, California Nebula, Hercules Cluster. Uranus is basically a single pin **** of blue. Jupiter looks decent, with usually about 3 moons visible, but very hard to discern clouds/red spot. Saturn you can tell has rings, but no variation in color. Mars is very hard to make out either of the ice caps. Moon looks great. All of the aforementioned items were in clear, chilly skies with cleardarksky making as great seeing (so about as ideal as I'll get here on the eastern seaboard of U.S.) I was fortunate to travel to very very dark skies Bortle 2 this summer (Milky Way easily visible to the naked eye) and I was able to see the Hercules Cluster with my 127mm Mak-Cas. At home in Bortle5-6 skies I couldn't see any of the cluster. Wondering if aperture would help resolve some DSO better in light pollution.
Any responses to any of the above would be greatly appreciated.