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  1. Great post πŸ˜€ I shall follow this thread to gather the collective opinion. I agree with a lot of the points that you make about weight and ease of set up. just out of interest when you mention the 127 triplets being heavy, where they heavier than the c8?
  2. The Saturn images were taken with the Orion mak 180 at f/15...2700mm focal length. i found the 180 mak a great scope for planet viewing and imaging and unfortunately sold it to buy a cpc1100. Only to find the cpc was too heavy for me.... but you learn the hard way! i have not tried auto stacker ... I'll give it a try next session!
  3. Thank you Ralph, very kind of you πŸ˜€ I only started imaging last year and it's so nice to see the results! Something you can keep forever πŸ˜€
  4. Thank you for your comments. I am very happy you like them. regards the webcam...Sorry I should have said in the post the images of Jupiter and Saturn were taken with a qhy5l-ii colour camera and processed in registax
  5. Thank you Don πŸ˜€
  6. Images I took in 2016 with a variety of telescopes and also with my Canon 350D Although not brilliant I have had great enjoyment in the process I have learnt a lot about our close neighbours in the meantime also I've used these as a way of learning names of moons and craters, and also experimenting with stacking programs. I'm still new to imaging and always wanting to learn more, so if you have any tips or suggestions please get in touch If this is in the wrong place, please let me know! Cheers, Colin
  7. Images I took in 2016 with a variety of telescopes Although not brilliant I have had great enjoyment in the process I have learnt a lot about our close neighbours in the meantime also I'm still new and always wanting to learn more, so if you have any tips or suggestions please get in touch Cheers, Colin
  8. Completely agree...πŸ˜€ Funnily enough, at kelling Heath this weekend...but rubbish weather and even if it was clear...full moon...
  9. I did end up also buying the 22ah tracer lithium polymer based on this thread. I now use the 8ah for powering my dew straps πŸ˜€
  10. I might be dead before I see Saturn high in the sky again πŸ˜€ And it's nice to see that we should enjoy Jupiter this year πŸ˜€ This is great work, thank you!
  11. It should give you a couple of hours running a cpc if fully charged. I have a tracer 7ah and I've only a few times ran out of juice during an evening. I have a second battery just in case this does happen. if you need a dew band that will take more power. If you slew to lots of objects then that will drain battery quicker than just tracking. which power tank are you thinking of/have?
  12. For me it was a two person job to get the scope set up. Admittedly I was also worried about dropping the telescope. the mount is light enough. It was just moving the combined fork and ota.Very very heavy. And very expensive to drop πŸ˜€ I really struggled moving it on my own.
  13. The CPC's are excellent systems. Really quick to set up with built in Gps and sky align. Even easier and quicker if you upgrade to the celestron star sense align. i had a cpc1100 and the only reason I sold it was the weight of getting it from in my house to the garden. So the only thing to beware of is the weight. It's certainly not grab and go πŸ˜€ But if you are happy with the mount and telescope weight they are great systems πŸ˜€ Best of luck!!
  14. Thanks Kerry, Super explanation - thank you πŸ˜€ Also, I like the fact you could put 15kg on both sides
  15. Thank you πŸ˜€ This is very useful information...so if I get the extension length of ota should not be a problem. Just looking at the website. The mount is rated to... 33lb primary payload and 10lb secondary payload. so when you say the vixen+tube rings+counterweights +eyepiece is 45 lbs, should the counterweight be added? Maybe I'm missing something but is the counterweight acting as he secondary payload to balance the ota? And the primary payload the ota+rings+eyepiece. Apologies if I am misunderstanding πŸ˜€