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    does anyone have any thoughts on the Celestron Advanced Series C8-SGT, likes dislikes, good or bad?

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    I have the 6" version and I love it. Sturdy tripod, great GoTo syste. But this is my first scope. I've had since September and have no complaints. The 8" model would have been better.

    Oh, one thing that I did replace ASAP is the straight through finder. Yuck! Got an Orion 9x50 right angle to save my back!
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    on Mauna Kea and was hooked immediately!
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    Absolutely nothing wrong with the OTA or the Mount for that matter for visual use OR some semi serious AP using a Focal reducer ...Both the Mount and the OTA are time proven products ...

    My only complaint (as a visual only observer) would be about "MY" physical comfort level using the GEM. the eyepiece will move over a much larger area and sometimes require my to readjust my chair several inches higher or lower plus loosen and rotate the diagonal so that it was at least pointed up toward the stars and not down to the ground... THIS HOWEVER IS NICK PICKING but when you are a senior citizen like I am you find your body just "ain't" quite as flexible as it once was...

    I personally would bite for the CPC series as a visual observer for the above reason...(in fact I did with my CPC1100) BUT the CPC are NOT nearly as flexible as the Gem mounted scopes...mainly because the OTA is fixed to the mount...whereas the Gem version allows you to just swap different OTA's on the mount in seconds PLUS the Gem Mounts are much better for imaging as they only have to track on one axis Not two like the Alt/Azm mounted versions...then their is the weight... the Gem version weighs more BUT its a bunch of relatively light weight parts the CPC version is a tripod and ONE big heavy bulky part ... IF I did not own an observatory and have my CPC1100 mounted on a permanent pier it honestly would be too much for me to lug outside and set it up by myself...so without the observatory I would NOT own it...

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    No it would work-- but the 6 inch would probably work a little better for photography because the mount would be UNDER it's weight limit after everything is installed like a second guide scope and a camera.
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    Good point Joe!
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