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    I posted first and second light reports in the Orion forum/section. When reading them please keep in mind that I am not a skilled observational astronomer. But here are some links (I hope they work):

    Quickie First light report/review on my XX12G

    XX12G Second Light. Panoptic and Hyperion First Light.

    Upshot is that I'm very happy.

    But if transport is not an issue, then you really might want to consider the XT12G which is probably a superior instrument. There is another member who has one of those and seems to be very happy with it.

    Also, if you are interested in bigger/better glass but still rather transportable, jb32828 has an XX14G on order and will likely soon give us a first light/review on that! Refractor vs Schmidt-Newtonian
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    OleCuss,

    Army .... that explains everything. I now understand why 100+ pounds is portable.

    Congratulation on your new telescope. I'll have an ouzo to attempt to placate the cloud gods for you.

    Navy
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    I've been considering the XX14g myself because, as with handguns, I like the Big Hole in the end. Actually, I want a large aperture scope, but am not sure about the Go-To capability of the scope and how it will hold up.
    I probably should be looking at a much smaller scope, as I'll be 62 in September and only have use of my left arm. Hard to get used to and make my mind/ego remember it too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanP View Post
    Stumbled across this thread. I run Refractors in my Dome for imaging. I thought that it would be cost effective to consider one of the 12" Scopes for using for a little observing and imaging on the nights that the Dome is busy recording photons.

    I don't have any Dob experience, but know that I really don't want to mess with Mounts and OTAs. I did that already and followed the bread crumbs up to the AP1200 currently in the Dome.

    Hopefully a full review will be posted soon. AlanP
    Hello Alan,

    Thanks for your first post, and welcome to Astronomy Forum. If you haven't already done so, please introduce yourself over on the Welcome's Forum.

    Sounds like you have extensive experience with AP, and you would be a great contributor to novices and older hands, as well. Hope you will make the time to share with us. Yeah, looking forward to that review...

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    Quote Originally Posted by deaman49 View Post
    I've been considering the XX14g myself because, as with handguns, I like the Big Hole in the end. Actually, I want a large aperture scope, but am not sure about the Go-To capability of the scope and how it will hold up.
    I probably should be looking at a much smaller scope, as I'll be 62 in September and only have use of my left arm. Hard to get used to and make my mind/ego remember it too!
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    I'm with ya' on the handgun remark! LOL

    Well, that's a beautiful scope! While not a true goto scope, it will guide you to your objects.

    Both types of scope have their pro's & con's. I guess it's a personal preference. But, I can tell you this: That scope should be one AWESOME scope, and it should provide some truly spectacular views!!!!

    I'd LOVE to get my hands on one!

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    I don't own any guns, or have any plans or need to... So I guess that I qualify to settle on the smaller 12" Model.
    I did read a post somewhere that indicated that the tracking was not intended to be capable of guiding control for imaging purposes. I have not read the Orion spec myself though, only second hand info. So I will let someone else to the pioneering on the AP part of these scopes. I do too much horse trading now... AlanP

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    Something you may want to seriously consider is weight, which was brought up in my thread
    8" to 12"

    Assembled, the base is 71 pounds, but there are beefy handles on the sides, and it isn't really too much of a task to move around if you put your belly towards the inside of the mount. I tried it the other way and broke the EP rack off. That was easily remedied with a pair of T-nuts and 10-24 x 1in screws.
    If you take the drive section off/apart, the round base is actually no problem to pick up at all.
    I also have to add that I'm 5'-6 and I can look through the EP standing flat-footed when it's at azimuth, so if that's scaring anyone, don't worry.
    AND, the views are astonishing, and the GOTOs are just about spot-on.
    I hooked up my Orion Sky-Fi and controlled the scope perfectly from my iPhone with no fiddling at all. Sky Safari Pro app (~$15) sounds a little chime, and the handbox beeps simultaneously when you hit "Connect", and you have full control until you Disconnect it. You can still use the HBX while you're connected. I just can't say enough good things about the system and scope. If you haven't got this scope yet, it's just going to be that much longer before you finally do!

 

 
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