Originally Posted by Keith LawsonThe scope hurt me bad enough that the I sold the lens. Took me couple of weeks to recover from the weeks of handling the instrument and scope rework. I thought I could deal with it like many of the other monsters I have had in the past but, at 65, the body says no. The optical tube assembly alone was about 60lbs. After weeks of use I realized that it's not something I would enjoy to putting up every night I want to observe. If the deal wasn't so tempting I probably wouldn't have bought it in the first place.
It was a good performer. The planets were well seen. Building a 8" cass currently.
I totally get that....I am 64 and my 8" f/16 is a bit of a bear to deal with as well at approx. 50lbs and 11 foot long but I am gonna hang in there for a while yet as the views are just too good I use a GM-200 equatorial that breaks down into 2 pcs. and I worked out a system for mounting it while standing on the tailgate of my truck....Haul it on a ladder rack lol. Besides its a good excuse to keep working out with weights lol
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