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  1. You could have fitted a finderscope. A C14 might be an idea for behemoth
  2. Hi Xpolars, welcome to SGL. Great setup you have their, enjoy (when the clouds go )
  3. I have and adore my CPC800, I love it because its great on the portability side. When I go to StarParties and astronomy camping trips, its the first in the boot of the car. For that very reason I love it. From the optical side, I prefer my dob for viewing and APO refractors for photography. Ive never owned any Meade equipment. Used yes, but never owned. I was at one stage considering a 14" LX200 to be mounted in an observatory, but after consideration, trial and testing, public opinions etc I think come summer time the project will call for something else.
  4. Rodrigol. I might be able to help you out a little next month if you want to try your ED80 on a mount, will message you
  5. Being a gadget geek myself, I was in the same boat as you when I chose to invest in my first 'proper' scope. Did i go for a dob or a goto dob? In the end I saved a few hundred and went for a 250PX Dob without goto. I think I made the best choice for me, as it taught me how to star hop and navigate the skies. In time i then went for a HEQ5 and a SW80ED for photography and use my dob for visual work. The path I took worked for me, and I am pleased with my choices. Using a manual dob taught me so much about the skies. A good manual dob with a telrad finder and a decent atlas is a brilliant way in
  6. As we are post christmas 2012 but pre christmas 2013, could I have some choccys? If not, how about for my daughters 2nd Birthday? Hint hint nudge nudge
  7. Before I bought the HEQ5 I mounted my ED80 on top of my CPC800 using Celestrons 125mm Guidescope rings and the 8 inch dovetail bar. I used the Synscan Autoguider with either my D3200 on the CPC800. Weight wasnt a problem, but I wouldnt have gone any higher. Thing is my CPC800 is pier and not tripod mounted. Maybe the vibration suppression pads would be worth looking into as they really do work.
  8. Looks like it could be a clear one for me too
  9. As you have your CPC800 on the Pro Wedge, why not look into piggy back mounting the ED80 on top? With the wedge you can set it up for EQ tracking and maybe use the CPC800 as a guidscope with the ED80 used for wide field imaging with a DSLR. You could get the mounting hardware (plate, rings) a good guide scope and a modded Canon D1100 for roughly the same amount as the HEQ5 mount.
  10. Nice video here about eyes and binoviewers
  11. Odd topic here, but I am sure you will appreciate the relevance. I went to Specsavers last week as I hadn't been in over a year. New prescription and glasses were ordered. After collecting them yesterday and a moderately clear night I ventured outside with the Dob for the first time in what seemed like ages. After I set the dob up I left it for a while to cool down and sat back in my chair to get my eyes used to the dark. What shocked immediately was the impact that new specs had on my naked eye viewing. I could see more stars and they were all tiny pin pricks. On to the scope and I was even
  12. Agreed that photo is a long way to go. But it does show what the set up is capable of. As with all facets of trial and error, I am sure I will get to that quality of photo one day!!
  13. To give you an idea of what that set up is capable of, have a look at this; ED80 with HEQ5 and a Nikon D70
  14. I totally agree, the LX90 was a great scope. Though I think consumer confidence in Meade is at an all time low with the reports of their financial issues.
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