After lengthy browsing of internet resources and weighing up pros and cons as well as the inevitable monetary considerations I decided that my new OTA would take the form of a Celestron 8 ” SCT on an AVX mount. This comes complete with a rigid and chunky tripod suitable for mobile field work but of course I was already planning on a more permanent fixture.
Still, until such time as this was available the telescope on its mount and tripod ventured out on the roof on many an occasion and instantly proved its worth with the AVX taking over control from my not-so-nimble fingers. The ‘Go To’ feature and the 40,000 objects on the mount’s database meant that literally the Cosmos was my oyster! It proved a very good teaching aid, familiarizing me with the location of celestial objects and their apparent spatial relation to each other.