Using a standard 2"
Determined to get some pics of the Great Nebula, I elected to try using the Celestron Nightscape 8300 camera. The software loaded fine, the camera operated fine, but it seemed that no combination of extenders I had would get this into focus. Fidgeting around at sub 20 degree weather, I got close, but not close enough. I wanted to just get it focused/framed and let a few dozen/hundred snaps go to disk.
I am also a bit concerned with flexure from the focuser and a bunch of extension tubes. This is the stock focuser in the 102. The 8300 is not a light thing. I was hoping not to need a new Moonlite focuser for her.
I do have one of the Astro Tech 0.8x focal reducers (not mounted) on the shelf, but never used it.
Will this spare me external tube differences?
This is the older (it is 2 or 3 years old) ED-102. It is a 714mm focal length scope.
I would be interested in some feedback here. I have never had problems with my SCTs, or even the SNs in the past. It just seems like they made the tube a little short.