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  1. 25 minutes ago, michael.h.f.wilkinson said:

    BTW, the 8" EdgeHD is no slouch on planets and the moon either. I have the classic C8, and it gives great results on the planets, moon and sun, but in terms of guiding, even with a focal reducer (0.63x) it is quite a handful. Most of my DSO imaging is with either a 80 mm F/6 triplet with 0.8x focal reducer, or my Meade 6" F/5 Schmidt Newton. I am getting a Starizona Night Owl 0.4x  reducer (for regular SCTs, not the EdgeHDs), and that brings the scope down to a more manageable 800 mm focal length at F/4. The image circle is only 16 mm however, but that fits my ASI183MM camera precisely. That reducer is not suitable for DSLRs.

    If planets are your passion, however, the C9.25 has the edge

    It's such a difficult decision and I keep going back and forth between CGEM and AVX in both aperture sizes.  Back and forth, back and forth I go.  I feel like that means even with all the research I've done I'm somehow still not ready to pull any trigger, and my better judgment is telling me to slow down again.  Kind of frustrating and confusing to be honest, I almost can't remember what's what anymore and am having trouble making a clear decision.  Probably not the best mode for buying something expensive lol.

  2. Invaluable information here, thank you for taking your time to detail all that out for me and showing me an example of what can be achieved and the limitations.  I don't expect to automatically produce amazing quality work off the bat and it's something I will have to learn in time.  I wish I could say I was the young kid with the cool scope mom & dad got me for Christmas one year and I've used it ever since etc etc.  But that wasn't me sadly...I'm only getting into all of this now that I'm getting to be middle-aged and I don't have the time to invest in a starter scope and keep upgrading upgrading upgrading. With young kids it's simply not an option right and if I wait any longer I'll be old and gray lol.

    I do appreciate all the insight.

  3. 7 hours ago, CraigT82 said:

    Depends on what you wanted to use it for.

    For me:

    Planetary and lunar visual or imaging  = C9.25 (the extra aperture helps here).

    Deep sky visual or imaging = C8 EdgeHD (the wide corrected field and shorter focal length helps here).

    Thanks so much, and I see what you're saying.  Would the C9.25 also be able to handle some DSO?  I'm not talking anything complex or obscure etc, just light DSO work.  I understand I would probably need a focal reducer for it so no big deal, I'm not trying to wow the world here I just want to be engaged in the hobby for some nice pics every now and again.

  4. On 06/05/2021 at 13:36, Andy ES said:

    Hang in there Maideneer, I see stock levels are starting to slowly rise.

    I have noted that the stock system at FLO seems always to be very accurate and I have been always been able to trust it.

    When placing orders, be careful of other sites which don’t always update in real time, always check by email before ordering.

    Also research and decide what you want and order that when it comes into stock as it surely will eventually.

    Dont buy something you don’t really want just as its in stock.

    Good luck and enjoy this hobby.👍

    Appreciate the sentiment here.  I wish the stock levels would rise over here...I'm seeing items not expected to come in until August 2022 which is just shocking to me.  Makes me sad (and irritated!).

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  5. 11 hours ago, pete_l said:

    Me too!
    I ran a "whois wamsuv.com" and it turns out their website was created on 16-Feb-2021

    Personally, I'd walk away. However if you are in a position to go to the company, check over the product and take it away there and then, that might be a different matter.

    Thanks that's really good info.  I'm going to pass on it because it's suspicious.  I have to say though...with absolutely EVERYTHING being out of stock everywhere I look it's incredibly frustrating and almost makes me want to throw my hands up in the air and just say forget all of this.  It's such a downer some days and makes a newbie like me want to just throw in the towel, I'm sure that's an overreaction on my part but I can't help it.

  6. 14 hours ago, Alan64 said:

    When I "Googled" reviews of the establishment, I saw this right off the bat...

    "Did you mean: 'Samsung' Electronics reviews"

    It's a shame B&H Photo doesn't have an "Add to Cart" button for it...


    I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time Celestron has offered their 9.25" on the "Evolution" mount.

    I was wrong, as it's been available since at least 2015.

    Don't order it from Amazon, Adorama, Focus Camera, et al.  High Point Scientific is good.

    Thank you for the information.  I see Adorama, Focus etc on the list of preferred dealers on Celestron's site...is there a reason not to use them?

  7. What's cookin', galactophiles. I am brand new to astronomy and I am starting much later in life.  I was never that kid that had any sort of starter scopes or was ever encouraged to look up and see what's out there but I am discovering my passion for this hobby only beginning this year.

    This might sound silly, but I don't really want to go through the process of grabbing a starter scope, playing with that for a while and then progressing to something better, playing with that for a while, and repeating the process over and over.  I kind of want to skip the whole appetizer portion of the meal and go straight to the entrée, I don't really have the time to waste since I'm trying to make up ground I lost from decades ago.  I finally in my life have the financial means to get something really nice so I was looking at the Celestron 9.25 and I intend to make that the only one I ever need.

    Advice on where to study up in the meantime would be helpful, since I don't yet have the means of buying the thing because of the current shortages that are frustrating everyone.  Thanks a ton!

  8. I found this retailer online who has the Celestron 9.25 in stock and is selling it below MSRP.  They are located in Indonesia and shipping to the US only seems to be $100.  Since this particular model is sold out absolutely everywhere I stumbled across this and was so excited to say "is this FINALLY the day I can pull the trigger?" and then the red flag warning went up in my head.  I can't find any social media presence for this vendor, I can't find any online reviews or much of anything else really.  There is a telephone # posted on the site (haven't called it) so that's good I suppose and their FAQ section is rather extensive and looks and sounds on the up and up.

    I cannot for the life of me decide on what to do.  I feel like this is a "too good to be true" situation, that's what my gut tells me...but man I do want this telescope and this is the only place I can find it.  Has anyone else here ever heard of this retailer?  Looking for some peace of mind as to their reputability.  Thank you!


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