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    Default Why did I sell my C9.25 Ultima?



    I miss it more than the other 100-odd SCTs I've owned. Especially its
    cast aluminum fork arms.


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    Default Why did I sell my C9.25 Ultima?


    "Rich" <rander3127@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    I parted with my Ultima because I eventually grew to dislike the wedge and
    fork arrangement.

    Pros:
    imaging most of the sky, and through the meridian without a flip

    Cons:
    1) Equatorial mounts and binoviewers don't get along well
    2) Observing near the celestial pole is a pain in the neck
    3) Needing a clear shot of the Pole, just to look at some DSO's on a
    weeknight

    Basically I started out really loving my Ultima 8-PEC as it was my first
    large scope, and I did my first imaging with it. But, as I said, I
    eventually grew to dislike the wedge/fork arrangment (for visual use).

    That was when I got my first Dob. Now I don't have a Dob, I have a small
    reflector on a GEM, and want a Dob. Go figure.


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    Default Why did I sell my C9.25 Ultima?

    >"Steve Paul" <smarshallpaul@gmail.com> wrote:

    It may not be convenient, but if there's some special need to view the
    polar area, you could always mount the scope as alt-az. Or even turn
    the whole thing around. Of course, tracking is out the window then.
    =============
    - Dale Gombert (SkySea at aol.com)
    122.38W, 47.58N, W. Seattle, WA

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    Default Why did I sell my C9.25 Ultima?


    "SkySea" <SkySea@aolREMOVE.com> wrote in message
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    Indeed. If I had some free cash, I'd have an SCT on GoTo in altazimuth fork
    with appropriate dew shielding. C11, binoviewer w/starsweeper, in a small
    shed with roll off roof, just for casual ubzervin on any given night.

    In the meantime, I'm using the GEM w/6"F5 now and again, and saving up for
    another 12" Dob, which I never shoulda sold.

    But, I got a few years to retirement.... and a plan that includes it all.
    :-)


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    Default Why did I sell my C9.25 Ultima?

    On Thu, 20 Sep 2007 17:08:38 -0700, Rich <rander3127@gmail.com> wrote,
    in part:


    I'll have to admit that a telescope like that sounds to me almost like
    the ideal telescope. A touch larger than 8" for even better views of
    Mars and Saturn... but not so large as to be as expensive or bulky as a
    10" or 11" telescope.

    But for driving out in the country for deep-sky, nothing beats a Dob -
    and others with different viewing ambitions may well be served by a
    high-quality but small aperture refractor. No one kind of telescope is
    best for everyone, but this does sound to me like a "sweet spot" for
    many.

    John Savard
    http://www.quadibloc.com/index.html

 

 

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