Posted: Jun 13, 2020 6:22 pm
by Macdoc
Partner is retiring soon and is a space junkie. The sky out on the table lands can be spectacular away from the city loom.
( I got a first hand glimpse 40 km out on the barrier reef with clear skies and a meteor shower from Halley debris .... life time experience ).

At this point it is purely "look at" ...not astrophotograhy ....she's an experienced off shore sailor so astro-navigation not a mystery.

Since we need to drive to dark sky ( 1/2 hour ) it needs to be physically small enough for one person to move and assemble tho I suspect most often would be two people.

Have a Honda CRV for transport.

There is a used

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Celestron CPC 8" XLT Computerized Scope w/ accessories, rarely used and like new


for $1900 cdn ask with lots of accessories including a battery booster pack.

Now this image is put up as an example andI know it's pretty fine telescope.

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What would that look like observing instead of photographing??

Review here is good but the scope itself weighs 42 lb. That's edgy but doable

https://www.cloudynights.com/articles/c ... 0xlt-r1526

The step down to the 6" series reduces weight and cost but quite a penalty for capture.
https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/revi ... pe-review/

Open for other suggestions with the idea that deep space objects be accessible by eye .

We were looking at some Meade models as well. :popcorn: