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    Default Orion Awesome Autoguider



    Hi All,

    I just purchased the Orion Awesome Autoguider, I new it was the heavier guider of the type and that I can't use it effectively with my big reflector even with the NEQ6 without weight issues - I intend to get an ED80 APO when I've toiled over which one to get or whether to go 100ED etc. and this will pair with it.

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    Am I missing anything? Have I made the wrong choice in your opinion and why?

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    So why didn't you go with the mini-guider package? It's a 50mm finder with a SSAG attached...it is designed to be extremely compact and light. In fact, guiding rigs don't come much (if any) lighter than that one and it will work like a champ with every OTA listed in your sig, even with the f/10 focal length on that C8. The Awesome AG has been a standard in the AP community for a good while...it can be made to work with your gear if you balance everything carefully. If you are having reservations and can still return your original purchase than do it, check with Orion and see if they will work with you...they are generally pretty reasonable folks.

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    Thanks Brian,

    I'm looking at the Awesome being more accurate on the guiding and like you say it seems to be a standard for most of the best AP guys out there. (the pics at least aim this way)

    I will definitely be using it with the refractor and it will only be twinned with the others for practice purposes. I'm not having second thoughts I just know that I won't be getting the refractor for a little while yet (months as opposed to years) and believe I am thinking ahead.

    Just hoping I am not making a mistake rather than regretting.

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    I have one and love it. I get what I think are very accurate tracks and it generally gives me a nice selection of stars to choose from in addition to letting me get an idea of my target.

    Allan

    PS. Not to mention it looks really cool (see my avatar) :-)

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    I would have gotten the mini guider!!!

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    Hi Allan,

    I thought you did.

    I was wondering if you can use the guidescope as a small scope too. I was thinking about the possibility of using it as a travel scope on a tripod?

    I guess I was looking for some confidence, thanks.

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    Hi Jason,

    I did consider the mini for a long time but why would you choose that over the bigger guidescope? Is it just a weight consideration?

    The cost difference is minimal and I can swap out for my current finder if it proves to be better was my thinking?


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