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Robert Garcia

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Re: Portability is paramount for me: telescope carts? other recommendations?
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2018, 12:54:04 PM »
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Jon, I could probably lift 70 pounds if I wanted to, but I've had two hernia operations, one of which went badly (which was galling for a supposedly routine operation). So the docs have cautioned me not to try to lift more than 15-20 pounds by myself.

I know where you are coming from.. I had a hernia repair.. It's always a little scary. If the doctors says 15-20 lbs, I would listen to the doctor. Still 20 lbs is close a XT-8 Classic.

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Re: Portability is paramount for me: telescope carts? other recommendations?
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2018, 10:09:30 PM »
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Thanks, somebody. I've done some hanging out with telescope folks, but not enough setting up / breaking down. But I know with my own experience that a real heavy scope will keep me indoors. I've used my 3.5 inch refractor a lot over the last couple years, but there are times when even that 20-something-pound setup makes me not bother. That's what worries me about a Dob. But I'll think about it more.

Speaking of weight: near as I can tell, the Evolution 8 is 40.6 pounds all told, to 33 pounds for the SE 8. But if I got the SE to save weight, would I end up buying a 7 pound Power Tank anyway?

Exactly...more stuff to carry with the SE

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Re: Portability is paramount for me: telescope carts? other recommendations?
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2018, 12:13:57 PM »
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Thanks for the further replies. More stuff to check out! I'll look at those pages you linked, somebody.

Jon (or anyone else): do either the Evo or the SE series allow you to disable the GoTo figure to star-hop manually? And if so, once you've found an object manually, can you then re-engage the GoTo system to track an object automatically?


You can slip the clutches and move the scope but you can't reengage them and have GOTO. The only mounts on the market right now that do that are the Skywatcher AZ-EQ5 and AZ-EQ6 (Orion sells the AZ-EQ6 in the US) but the 5 is $1,350 and the 6 will be way to heavy for you.

To be frank:

A 8" SCT from light polluted skies will show you quite a bit. 6" in a SCT or any other reflector is the recommended starting size for someone who wants to "see" things from light polluted skies. 8" in an SCT tends to be the sweet spot of weight/portability/ease of use.

With your injuries a Dob is not going to be very good to travel with. While you can roll it out of the garage on a cart taking it to a dark site will put your gut and shoulder in positions that will not be fun. Lifting the base up and down hard on the abdominal's. Lifting the tube can stress the shoulder.

If you enjoy star hopping then for $1,000 budget I would suggest:

The Explore Scientific Twilight II mount for $400 (Link to Twilight II)

Or the Stellarvue M2 with the aluminum tripod for $500 (Link to SV Mount

Paired with an Explore Scientific 152mm David Leavy Comet Hunter Mak-Newt for $699 on sale right now (Link to Comet Hunter)

You would want to spend $179 more for the ES right angle finder scope for star hopping though. And while you are there you might want to think about a 18mm, 14 or 11mm, and 6.7mm 82* eyepieces that are no sale since they will make you feel like you fell into the telescope and are swimming in space.

If you go with the Stellarvue mount, and I recommend it as it will be lighter and has the slow motion controls you will need to replace the rail on the ES scope with a Losmandy D rail. I found my Comet Hunter to be very similar in performance to my 5" APO and loved it for the views but ultimately I had too many scopes and needed to reduce the number so the CH went. I also had the M2 on that tripod. I used it exclusively for solar outreach and LOVED how light it was.

If you want GOTO then the Evolution 8" from Celestron is hard to beat. Alternately you could put that Comet Hunter on an AVX.

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Re: Portability is paramount for me: telescope carts? other recommendations?
« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2018, 07:05:21 AM »
Original poster here. I got the Evolution 8, and I love it! The tube and tripod are easy to carry. The mount is heavier but still within my capabilities. And the thing is so easy to set up! I had it all put together in 10 or 15 minutes. The Wifi worked great in my first test, in my living room. Alas, it's overcast here, so I didn't get to field test it tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

I do think I'll get one of those JMI Wheeley Bars to roll it in and out of my garage to the driveway. I wish there were a way to get one quickly! Looks like I have to order from the manufacturer.

Thanks to everyone here for your help. I'm very happy with my purchase.

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Re: Portability is paramount for me: telescope carts? other recommendations?
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2018, 10:26:00 AM »
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Original poster here. I got the Evolution 8, and I love it! The tube and tripod are easy to carry. The mount is heavier but still within my capabilities. And the thing is so easy to set up! I had it all put together in 10 or 15 minutes. The Wifi worked great in my first test, in my living room. Alas, it's overcast here, so I didn't get to field test it tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

I do think I'll get one of those JMI Wheeley Bars to roll it in and out of my garage to the driveway. I wish there were a way to get one quickly! Looks like I have to order from the manufacturer.

Thanks to everyone here for your help. I'm very happy with my purchase.

Wonderful!!!

Is there a link you can share with us other disabled and impaired folk.? I for one could use any info.

As of now I need to start setting up in the afternoon before the sun go's down. It takes me about 4 hours to set up.

Thank you.