Just wanted to get the group consensus on how much of a difference the 12" Astro-tech Astrograph would make over the Orion 10" for imaging purposes. I have seen the quality of the Orion Astrographs on astrobin and even the 8" images are excellent.

The prices are very similar for either; the 12" astrotech is $749 where the Orion is $649. I am assuming they both come from the same factory or similar locations. The only other factor is the weight, the Orion weighs 25.5 lbs. and the Astro-tech weighs in a 40 lbs.

So what does everyone think?