I have a new scope coming in the mail (bought used from a CN'er) and have the camera, guide scope and guide camera all picked out already.
I stopped to think for a moment. Just like my SVX102T and C6 SCT, I have no intention to ever look through this new scope with my eye.
You believe that? I have never even attached a diagonal or eyepiece to my Stellarvue triplet. An instrument painstaking made by Vic's team that took over three months of work and with a strehl ratio over 99%! The day it arrived, I slapped on a flattener, filterwheel and asi1600 and never looked back.
Don't get me wrong, I've done my time. 20 years ago, I was out there like the rest of ya'll shivering in the freezing cold, using my "averted vision" because I'm not sure if I actually see that faint, featureless glow of a distant galaxy or if the heat from my eyeball is just fogging up the eyepiece. But that's exactly why I don't even bother anymore. I've done it both ways and the excitement I get when I see that image pop up on my computer screen is what I've always wanted to feel when I saw it in my eyepiece. Unfortunately, I've mostly just been a little disappointed when I did finally find it.. If I found it at all. I just have no interest in looking at a smear in the sky anymore or staring at Jupiter long enough for that moment of perfect seeing that concludes instantly.
Galileo must be rolling in his grave! But I wonder. Am I alone in my blasphemy? Who among you is without sin?