Wondering if anyone has any experience with the L-350 and the GSO16" scope.
Whilst I'd love to get a CDK 17 and an L500, that's going to be a deal killer with the SO - so instead was contemplating the "poor man's" option and even an L500 seems a little rich at the moment.
The mount is rated to 45kg and the 16" comes in at 35kg without the image train and computers - adding a Nitecrawler WR35, camera/ONAG/FW and computer/UPBv2 gets me up to 8kg max - putting the whole image train comfortably within 45kg (at 43kg).
The only reason I see this being a bad idea is the torque moment of the larger OTA - comparing the GSO 16" to the CDK 14";
- length 43" vs 35" - 20% longer
- diameter 21" vs 14" - 50% wider
The latter is the one that I suspect will cause issues with balance/bearings etc - my Plan B would be to sling the PW12.5 that already own off it, so all is not lost if I get this wrong.
As to WHY an L-350 given I have a Paramount ME - I am growing tired of 18th mechanicals (grease and gears just seems so primitive) not to mention meridian flips and this seems like a reasonable first step into modernising the observatory.
Would love to hear thoughts & feedback but especially experience at the limits of the L-350s payload. (and yes, I wish I had made this decision a week ago and saved $1500USD).