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About chrismart

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  1. I am about ready to buy another telescope and need recommendations. I have had several telescopes in the past. The first was a 3” Edmund Scientific refractor in 1966 and the last, about 20 yrs ago, a Coluter Optical 12.5” unguided mount refractor that needed a pick up to carry it around and basically worthless when trying to find something not naked eye visible. What I am looking for now is maybe an 8” Cassegrainian with good electronic guidance that is useful for finding and observing deep sky objects. It would be nice if it would interface with my lap top and a chart program, if that is possible. The telescope would need to be 12v powered from my pick up. I have a fairly extensive technical and scientific back ground. In a civil design class, I was once required to calculate a land location based on start sights. So, I am not worried about keeping things simple. I am looking at Meade and Celestron. My budget, before additional accessories, is about 3K. I also want to work into astrophotography, starting by using my Cannon 7D mark II and later working into a dedicated CCD camera.
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