Thanks The C8 is plug and play just like a refractor. Other than collimation and overall optical correction, I have found temperature to be a big factor in lunar/planetary performance in "cats." The aluminum components cool to ambient quickly but the aluminum cools 99 times faster than glass leaving the glass with a lot of catching up to do. The boundary layer problem and internal tube currents are eliminated with this system. If you set the scope up without turning the system on you see the usual image destroying culprits in the out of focus diffraction pattern. The instant you hit the switch they disappear.
As I have shared before: "The internal air is recirculated. The cooling system is not designed to cool the optics to ambient temperature but to keep the air within the tube of a consistent temperature (no air refraction from internal temperature patterns). Since the light has to pass through the air within the tube 3 times, a mere 1/2 degree difference can do a lot of damage to the final image when it comes to fine details on the moon and planets. With the system running all the time the optics themselves do cool to ambient temperature eventually. It's like stirring cream in your coffee. Stir enough and all the elements come to the same temperature. No outside air is introduced into the system so dust is a non-issue. The system is recirculating so no filters are ever needed. The optics stay in the same "clean" condition just as if the scope was never modified."
The pic is my re-circulation cooled C-14 with twin cooling nacelles.
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This post was modified on 12/12/2017 9:25 PM