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#26 whizbang

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Posted 23 February 2024 - 08:50 PM

I prefer a C6 over a C5 for grab-n-go.

 

Like Jon suggested, my C6 rides in an antique Astro-Tech Voyager Alt-Az mount.


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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:27 AM

I’ve had both C5 and C6s and I give the edge to the C6. I had a lovely C5, but the C6 has nearly 40% more light grasp and to my eyes, I could see the difference. Weight and size wise, both are still small. The C6 is a bit larger and heavier but it still is such a light weight - I have no problems carrying it or moving it around with one hand, something I cannot do with my C8.

 

Here is my C6 atop the Manfrotto 502a fluid head, which is attached to an Orion Paragon Plus tripod. This setup works so nicely with the C6 and smaller refractors - it strains with the C8 (I’ve tried - once was enough) or even my 4” ED (I’ve tried, too much moment arm). On the lower left side of the C6 is an Orion 8x50 RACI finder as seen in the one photo. With my Baader MBII binos and a good viewing night, I’m literally in heaven.

 

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Posted 24 February 2024 - 09:41 AM

I’ve had both C5 and C6s and I give the edge to the C6. I had a lovely C5, but the C6 has nearly 40% more light grasp and to my eyes, I could see the difference. Weight and size wise, both are still small. The C6 is a bit larger and heavier but it still is such a light weight - I have no problems carrying it or moving it around with one hand, something I cannot do with my C8.

 

Here is my C6 atop the Manfrotto 502a fluid head, which is attached to an Orion Paragon Plus tripod. This setup works so nicely with the C6 and smaller refractors - it strains with the C8 (I’ve tried - once was enough) or even my 4” ED (I’ve tried, too much moment arm). On the lower left side of the C6 is an Orion 8x50 RACI finder as seen in the one photo. With my Baader MBII binos and a good viewing night, I’m literally in heaven.

 

Clear skies!

cute dog! That head must have very smooth panning and tilting for it to work at 1500mm FL.

 

Impressive!

 

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Posted 24 February 2024 - 10:32 AM

I’ve had both C5 and C6s and I give the edge to the C6. I had a lovely C5, but the C6 has nearly 40% more light grasp and to my eyes, I could see the difference. Weight and size wise, both are still small. The C6 is a bit larger and heavier but it still is such a light weight - I have no problems carrying it or moving it around with one hand, something I cannot do with my C8.

 

Here is my C6 atop the Manfrotto 502a fluid head, which is attached to an Orion Paragon Plus tripod. This setup works so nicely with the C6 and smaller refractors - it strains with the C8 (I’ve tried - once was enough) or even my 4” ED (I’ve tried, too much moment arm). On the lower left side of the C6 is an Orion 8x50 RACI finder as seen in the one photo. With my Baader MBII binos and a good viewing night, I’m literally in heaven.

 

Clear skies!

The C6 is a great size scope. Not too big. Not too small.

For a scope with enough aperture to make a difference without needing a big mount, the C6 is a great choice. 

 

Of course these are the same reasons that I bought and use a C5. 

C6 on the left.

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Posted 24 February 2024 - 10:32 AM

Yes, it really does. The Manfrotto 502a is very fluid, with a number of stiction adjustments. I have no problem tracking with it, making micro adjustments with the handle. This action unravels with bigger scopes - need to keep it small. I imagine there are larger fluid heads, with greater payload capacities, etc., that can better handle say a C8 or C9.25 but for my intended “get out the door quickly” viewings, this setup is very light and works well under application.


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Posted 24 February 2024 - 10:49 AM

I prefer a C6 over a C5 for grab-n-go.

 

Like Jon suggested, my C6 rides in an antique Astro-Tech Voyager Alt-Az mount.

 

I've never owned a C-6 so I can't offer an opinion.  But these days my larger aperture "grab and go" scope is a 10 inch Dob which I roll out using a hand truck.. 

 

The C-5 always seemed like a little sweetheart. My first one was a 1970s Telephoto lens with tube rings.  I suspect it was uncoated.. 

 

 

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Posted 24 February 2024 - 10:54 AM

I need a hand truck. But I'm afraid I'd knock things way out of whack on the bumpy ride way out back.




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