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Rc scopes 6”


Bottletopburly

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Just toying with idea of a Rc scope 6”  possibly 8”there does seem to be some good buys at times in the used market, pros I can see no corrector required, longer fl , good value , I’m assuming lighter than a Newtonian, how does collimation hold in these scopes are they a pita ? Thoughts chaps cameras used would be a zwo533mc  2x2=1.13pixels atik 490 2x2 1.11pixels  obviously the zwo would be software binned atik can be binned in hardware ,how’s balancing using these ? thoughts chaps .

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3 hours ago, Bottletopburly said:

... pros I can see no corrector required...

 

Are you sure? A R-C may not give the coma present in an uncorrected Newtonian but I've always thought the focal plane curvature of a R-C is more than that of an equal focal length Newtonian so you'll still need a field flattener?

At around 1500mm focal length you could still possibly get away with 1x1 binning depending upon the seeing, especially with the OSC since the bayer pixel matix is effectively on a 2x2 binning pitch.

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Biggest problem with the smaller RC's is the visual back is fixed to the primary mirror.

Once you attach a camera ect the weight can introduce tilt.

This is an absolute nightmare to get rid of.

If you are serious about getting an RC get one with an isolated visual back.

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Thanks @Cliveand @Graham I haven’t read any need for a field flattener Clive  tilt adjuster I have , and I will look into the visual back issue graham , only looking at the possibility at the minute hence looking at the pitfalls , food for thought 👍

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@Graham thanks for that heads up I read a thread on CN and pretty much confirmed what you were saying unless they’ve altered the design, I will definitely read up more but looking light a no go , maybe a wo gt81 at some point then 🤣

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