Fantastic telescope! After a lot of research and looking into the various options I am very glad I came across the CPC. With a quick star alignment you can simply command it to locate an object in the sky. The 11’’ aperture and 2800 mm focal length is stunning. I really enjoy using it to view anything in the night sky with the touch of a button. I would like to just say that for astrophotography it is a little more challenging as it is an Altazimuth mount. Nonetheless, great telescope!
Purchased this instrument as a birthday present for my wife and myself. I ordered it on 3-14-13. On 3-19-13, it was on my doorstep. This scope is a great help for the pro as well as the novice. Point it at any object in the Sky, and it will not only tell you what it is, but how big it is, how far it is, its location, and intensity. On our first night with our scope we were seeing things like Orions nebula, Jupiter and its moons, Polaris, and Saturn. Saturn looked unbelievable. Like a painting in the sky. Double stars, Sirius, and many others. As for the telescope, It's big and it's heavy. I can manage the 60-70 pound tube on my own and the tripod also weighs in at about 20 pounds. Setting it up is a breeze, with its built in GPS. It's easy to get the telescope "sighted" in and your on your way to hours of the most interesting evenings in your life. One note about the GPS, it must be turned on for it to work. You can do this by going into the menu and then utilities, then GPS. Once this has been done, it's a simple matter to do any of the 4-5 different alignment procedures. My favorite is the three star sky alignment. Once again, choose any three bright objects in the sky, stars or planets or a combination of both and away you go. Simple. I purchased from OPT and was glad I did. Vince, Vinnie, Larry, and Steve were all very helpful, and instrumental in my decision on purchase. By the time it got here, it cost me close to $4000.00, but it was the best money I've ever spent. and if I had to do again tomorrow, I'd do it. I've never had a go to computerized telescope before and its great not only seeing but knowing what you are looking at. In all, a great scope and great purchase.