There are several things to address here:
I am brand new. I searched "vibration" across the forums but did not come up with a thread covering my question. Perhaps that means it's an irrelevant question. Here goes...first, I like quality optics and own quality spotting and shooting scopes as well as binoculars but I do not have a telescope. I have been considering a SCT for years but have just never pulled the trigger.
Specifically, I am looking at the LX200GPS. I would prefer a 12" vs the 8" or the 10", for the money. This said, I live on a crawl space. I would like to use the scope from inside, through some large picture windows. I wonder if the house foundational design will introduce too much vibration for such a scope.
Looking for thoughts and rationale. Advice is appreciated!
1) Viewing from inside the house through and open window is a bad idea. The air currents and turbulance at that window will mess up the view
2) The LX200GPS is a GoTo scope that will require a clear view of the sky so it can do its alignment which will be nearly impossible from inside the house and you may be limited to a very small part of the sky that is close to the horizon which is the worst area of the sky for observing.
3) Unless you have a pack of kids or large dogs that are romping around inside the house I would not expect vibrations to be much of a problem, but that would be the least of my concerns here.
4) A 12" LX200 is a big, heavy scope. Likley you will need two people to set it up. Now, if you plan to leave it set up all the time, that may not be a problem. But if you are like most of us and will be putting it up and taking it down, you are likely to come to hate the scope.You need to plan to use the scope outside.
Do you have a garage or shed that are well ventilated and at ground level? If you do then you could place the scope on wheels and roll it out, fully assembled. I have a 12" Dobsonian that lives on a hand truck in my garage. Very easy to move it around. Now, to the real question, why this scope as opposed to any other? And why do you want to use it from inside the house?
If you want to avoid being outside and can't set it up in a permanent position, you may be able to operate it from inside the house with a camera in place of the eyepiece.
However, you might want to consider a remotely controlled smart scope instead of a traditional optical scope. Small, light weight and easily remotely operated.Videohttps://www.youtube....h?v=LJB61FUjmMQhttps://www.youtube....h?v=GZhpuCu-4v4Smart Scope Examples:https://www.highpoin...smart-telescopehttps://www.highpoin...skies-equinox-2https://www.highpoin...k-evscope-2-kit
Edited by aeajr, 25 January 2023 - 04:10 PM.