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Does anyone know if new (2017+) Losmandy G11GFT mounts come already with the one piece worm upgrade that everyone seems to be buying for older G11's, or is the OPW upgrade still necessary to buy even for new G11GFT mounts? Thanks!

This is the specific mount i'm asking about: https://www.bhphotov...rial_mount.html


I'm fairly brand new to telescopes but have had a real massive interest in them for quite some time now. The bug has bitten me.
I was hoping you fine folks might help me on my newbie questions, please excuse my ignorance on any of this. I'm looking to acquire a new scope (my first scope really) and hopefully this is where you can guide me. As of now I have two options:

Option one:
Ever since I was a kid, my grandmother had a really big telescope that I always remember seeing around. She passed away back in the early 2000's but it wasnt until recently that I asked my grandfather about the scope.
Come to find out its a fairly rare, old Tasco 16T also known as a Mizar CX150. I've seen a couple of threads on this particular scope on these forums. This is the scope, the big one: and these are the specs: http://www.cloudynig...64155_thumb.jpg It comes in at a whopping 123lbs. I'm working on getting real pics of it next time I visit my grandfather. It has been sitting in its case ever since the late 90's so it should still be in great condition I'm hoping. My grandmother took very good care of it. My grandfather already offered for me to have it, but i'd have to make an 8hr drive to haul it back to my house. It's beautiful but looks like it might be quite a beast not only in weight but also maintenance?
Option Two: 
Purcahse a new scope, looking around $600-$800. Possibly a SCT, like the Nexstar 6SE. I like the fact they require little maintenance and that they're more compact. Any suggestion on other types of scopes in that range? Or how to better spend that amount of money? Would getting a refractor be better?
I'm interested in visual observing the moon, planets, and hopefully dso for now. I know AP is far off from me as I just want to enjoy and get acquainted with the sky first, but eventually i'd like to get into AP even if at a very amateur level.

I know some might say "why not take both?" But ultimately i just want to know which would do a better job for the things i'm interested in. Money is not an issue, otherwise i would just go with the free option.

- Tasco 16T is pretty old , might require maintenance, really heavy, but it's free and looks to be pretty solid.
- New SCT, new tech, much lighter, less maintenance but will cost.

Thank you for any help in answering this and please let me know if there's a better third option that i'm completely oblivious to. Thanks so much!

General Astronomy & Observing / Algol...what am I missing?
« on: December 29, 2017, 09:11:10 PM »
I hope the answer to this question isn't as obvious as I think it will be, but why can't I split Algol? SkySafari tells me the component stars' apparent separation is 58.5". Is it a matter of magnitude difference?


Reflectors Telescopes Forum / Has redeemed itself.
« on: December 29, 2017, 05:28:36 AM »
I am contemplating a new purchase and I am torn between a 12" Dob or a big refractor. Orion used to carry a 12" solid tube Dob but it looks like they don't anymore and the Zhumell on caught my eye. I remember a whole back reading a few horror stories regarding I am,also concerned that the price on the Zhumell may be to good to warrant a quality Dob. Can anyone enlighten me?

Mounts Questions & Expirience / Should we toss our AC adapters?
« on: December 27, 2017, 01:37:11 PM »
On another forum, I read several posts that said not to use an AC adapter for AVX mounts. They seemed to be saying that AC power and even the Celestron adapter were wildly unreliable.

I've been using the Celestron adapter for my CG5 and NexStar 11GPS for several years.

Have I just been lucky or is there a problem with this advice.

Mounts Questions & Expirience / Vixen GPD2
« on: December 27, 2017, 10:24:13 AM »
Hello everyone,
I have a brand new Vixen GPD2 that I purchased a few years ago and I'm getting back into the hobby and I need a little help. I just purchased a Meade 115mm Series 6000 APO and I will use the GPD2. I was looking at motorizing the unit and I see the drive kit you can purchase from Vixen which looks fine but it doesn't have the Go-To features. The Starbook S is no longer being made I guess? I found the Orion SkyView Pro kit which looks perfect for what I want. I saw many good reviews on their website but I wanted more information here if possible. Any help would be appreciated!

Beginners Forum / Is genuine?
« on: December 23, 2017, 11:38:17 PM »
I want to acquire a nexstar 8se along with also the very best deal I found is based on but are they real?

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