I'm leaning more and more towards getting the UL18, but I am curious about the carbon fiber tubes you got with your scope, Damien. I don't see that as an option on the website. Did you call/email and ask about that? I'm wondering what the benefits and price difference were for your scope? Obviously they are lighter, but do you think they provide more structural rigidity? Does your 16" have the carbon fiber tubes?
Love the pictures of your 24" set up, it looks great! Very interested to hear a first light report.
Thanks for that, Tong and i discussed what the scope was for and all the thing that would be preferable and stuctural rigidity was obviously a preference. He asked me if i was interested in the carbon trusses and i thought why not, i will probably have the scope for a long time. The scope did take a little while to make in the end but whenever i spoke to him i assured him i was not in a rush and my opinion is "you do not rush people making bespoke delicate items". Maybe some of the reason of the wait for the scope was being satisfied with the quality of the trusses. If you have not watched the unboxing video have a look at them, they are very stiff and light and im happy with them.
My 16" does not have them and i get the feeling that they are a newer item and may be added to the site when the processed is honed. By all means mention me in an email to Tong about the trusses and see what he thinks. I saw you reply about 8 hrs ago and tried to email Tong but with timezones and people at work you can't expect a reply at the drop of a hat. I can't remember the price off the top of my head but i can remember thinking it was reasonable at the time.
First light may be this coming wend i think, work this week so no go for that.