These guys are really active on the NexStar group and are really super nice people. They go out of their way to help anyone with a question and well, they're just the sort of folks it is nice to do business with. Frank in particular, has done so much for me in terms of teaching me the ropes and encouraging my interest in astronomy.
Tell 'em Donna sent you if you buy one.
I have their "Ray's Brackets" on my NexStar 5i, too. I can swap the C5 with a Short Tube 80 which is nice for entry-level imaging.
Donna, I see you have a C5. I bought a C5 at Xmas, because I got sick of lugging my Meade LX200 10" out all the time. I must say though, that once you have 10" of aperature, it's hard to be happy with a C5. I can't see virtually anything with it. Do you use it mainly for imaging??? I do only DSLR stuff with my 10", but have been thinking of getting a DSI and doing some quick work with the 5"... the shorter focal length would work better with the small DSI chip size. Mike
Yeah. Most of what I do with the C5 (N5i) is imaging. It is fine for open clusters and globs and such, but the fainter fuzzies remain way too faint. However, with a camera the little guy does just fine. The winter skies are a lot better, too, so there's always the change in season to give you a little more oomph out of the 5".
I have an MX916 camera and using the F6.3 reducer I've got massive undersampling, but that's OK. It means I can image virtually under any conditions.
Copernicus had those Renaissance ladies
Crazy about his telescope
And Galileo had a name that made his
Reputation higher than his hopes
Did none of those astronomers discover
While they were staring out into the dark
That what a lady looks for in her lover
Is Charm, Strangeness and Quark HAWKWIND - QUARK, STRANGENESS AND CHARM