I used a little bit bigger scope last night, the Celestron C6R refractor. Would you like to know what I think of the C6R? Celestron has good optics, but everything else about their scopes is crap. They force you to buy an undersized, totally inadequate mount in order to get the C6R. That's the first thing I tossed. I replaced it with an Orion Atlas Mount. The Orion mount is heavy--even with the scope and counterweights off, it's all I can do to carry the mount to the astroslab. I have to reassemble everything outside. (Not hard.) The scope itself? Optics good, but the focuser is Chinese crap, useless for focusing. I replaced the Celestron focuser with a Starlight Instruments FeatherTouch focuser, the best goddam focuser money can buy. So now my C6R is a delight to use.
Posted by Dave