Being sentimental about gears......


Mu-43 Rookie
Mar 31, 2021
Hamilton, MT
I have decided that I have been letting sentimentality get the better of me.

For some years now I have had a side by side set up on my pier mounted Losmandy G11, which includes my venerable old second hand Celestron Celestar 8. It was my first big scope after I got back into the hobby as an adult. Over the years the set up has grown and I now use the TS152 for AP almost to the exclusion of the C8, not least because I have never really gotten on with Hyperstar and the C8 is otherwise very slow indeed at f10, and therefore very unforgiving. But still I let the C8 sit there, being carried along as a spectator to the main event. Because I love it.

The G11 is now at capacity. In fact slightly over, at 61lbs of gear. Whilst I can sometimes achieve a guiding RMS of 0.80" with this full load, more often I am in the high 1.xx"s or low 2.xx"s and I know that one of the reasons for this is likely the weight the mount is carrying.

In circumstances where I have a mini PC mounted on the TS152 to control the whole set up, it is not easy to switch regularly between scopes. I know the practical and sensible thing to do is to remove the C8 and the side by side dovetail and just run the TS152. But the thought of the C8 sitting in the corner of the observatory, or worse being sold, breaks my poor heart...
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