I currently have a CPC 800 Edge HD telescope with dual fork arms, an alt-az mount, GPS, and go-to capability. It is a good scope for visual astronomy, but I have become interested in astrophotography, and am considering selling it to get a CPC 800 Edge AVX. The CPC I have is not working well for astrophotography since the dual fork arm configuration doesn't allow vertical imaging (the imaging train hits the mount when scope is pointed vertically), and the alt-az mount in general isn't suitable for astrophotography. Before I buy I wanted to get your opinions on this set up (CPC 800 Edge w/AVX mount). Here is a link:
Here are some questions I have:
1. Is the CPC 800 Edge w/AVX mount generally a good set-up for both planetary and deep sky astrophotography? I would like both wide field views for deep sky objects, and also be able to capture good planetary detail.
2. Is the AVX mount capable of supporting the 8" OTA without causing any problems with tracking/alignment? The mount has a 30-lb capacity- is that adequate for carrying the weight of the OTA with no issues?
3. It doesn't have GPS- is that an issue? Should I instead consider other mounts with GPS? And are there other mounts that are in your opinion generally better overall than the AVX for this telescope - say a CEM or ioptron? If so which ones, and why?
4.How difficult is this telescope and mount to set up? How much time does it take to align? Is the alignment process quick and easy? And does it track well, or need to be re-aligned often?
5. I am interested in deep sky, long exposure imaging. Do I need to get the optional polar alignment scope, or get a guide scope to ensure good alignment and tracking during imaging?
I am new to astrophotography, and could really use your opinions/feedback on this telescope and mount before I buy. Not sure if it is a good beginner's scope/mount for astrophotography, or if I should instead consider other options (i.e., maybe a refractor)?
Last, if any of you currently have the CPC 800 Edge w/AVX mount and have deep sky or planetary images you can attach, that would be appreciated as well.
EDIT: There are also a couple other equatorial mounts that Celestron offers: the CGEM II and the CGX. Links to both are below. Would these be better choices than the AVX? Does anyone have experience with either of these?
Edited by jsnatale, 23 October 2021 - 07:57 AM.