The C14 has been my dream scope for decades. I finally got a C14 edgeHD model last summer. When It arrived I was amazed how large it really is. It made my C11 look small. The good: The views of Jupiter, Saturn, the moon and even Mars are spectacular in good seeing. Through the C14, star clusters and planetary nebulae look almost as good as the planets. This scope is large enough to see dust lanes in galaxies such as M51, and M81. When I put a binoviewer on this C14, brighter objects look even better, with amazing depth and contrast. I can get way more detail with my astrophotos I just couldn’t get with smaller scopes. My C14 seems to have really good optics, limited by seeing. In many ways, this C14 edge scope is a very versatile telescope. The not so good: It is big and heavy. Doing astrophotography with this scope can be pretty daunting because of the size, weight, and focal length. Hauling the C14 around and putting it on my mount is a bit awkward and can take some effort. It took me some time to find a suitable hard case for this scope. This scope doesn’t do well on a moderately priced mounts. Heavy, expensive mounts work so much better. Wide field views don’t happen with a C14. Conclusion: The C14 edgeHD is even a better telescope than I thought it would be. As long as I keep it collimated it works better than the vast majority of telescopes I have looked through, over the years, including a few larger scopes. For me, it was worth the extra cost and the extra effort it always takes to set it up.
I have had this scope for about a year now, and love it. I use the scope with night vision and a binoviewer, with great results. I was thinking of going with another night vision scope (bi-ocular instead of monocular) but looked into live video instead. I am very glad I did. From what I have researched, there is no need for another type night vision scope, and the Mallincam video camera is $2000.00 less and I get much more than what I was getting from my Gen 3 White Phos PVS-14 NV scope, including beautiful shades of bright color with good contrast. I am in the process of purchasing a Mallincam DS26C TEC live/real time video camera with photo stacking. I have been in contact with Jack Huerkamp, the sales representative for Mallincam who I am very impressed with. Jack took his time to explain the Mallincam products to allow me to make the best purchase decision, I could make. Jack tells me that he has many customers who use the C-14 Edge with their video camera products with outstanding results. If you get a chance look into Mallincam, especially review their videos of Jack and others using the Mallincam camera. The videos blew my mind, and is exactly what I was wanting all of my Astronomy life. Also, because the C-14 is at F-11, I will be purchasing an appropriate focal reducer Jack and Rock are recommending, as part of my Mallincam system. I will no longer have to look through an eyepiece to see fabulous live and still images, and in color. Finally, when you here people say the C-14 is too heavy to mount, it is no problem if you use a Walmart fold up table, which actually matches the height of the C-14 tube at 180 degrees during set-up. All u have to do is set the C-14 tube on the table with the objective lens down and tighten up the tension knobs on the dove tail. Joe Fournet Lafayette, LA
Nothing but great, and the service was so good that I am now, only, going to purchase with OPT. Your prices are better, or at least the same, as anyone else. Since u guys r so service oriented, the only way to go is with OPT. Thanks, and don’t change a thing. Regards, Joe Fournet Lafayette, LA
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I completely agree with the first reviewer. It's a pity the company went cheap on several components of its flagship instrument. In addition, the optional 0.7X focal reducer is way overpriced. While it works well both visually and photographically, contrary to claims it does not have a 40 degree clear fov, and vignettes considerably with a full frame DSLR
The OTA itself is quite good. It's also considerably overly priced for what it is. I give it four stars rather than five because it's overpriced. Minor nit, especially if you don't use the finder scope much: I found the finder scope and bracket somewhat lacking. The finder scope is not illuminated. That can make the cross-hairs difficult to discern at times. Worse though is that the finder scope dovetail mounting has been considerably cheapened and made difficult to align. If you plan to use the finder scope at all, buy yourself a better finder scope dovetail mount, such as the Celestron 51149-A or the Losmandy RDF65. I happened to have one from an older C-14, so I just used that instead. If you're putting this OTA on an AP-1200 or a Paramount ME or MX, then I highly recommend dispensing with the dovetail and replacing it with an Andy Homeyer scope cradle. The scope cradle is expensive, but it provides a much firmer and more versatile mounting. Be sure to buy an ADM dovetail mounted weight system (ADM's is better designed than Losmandy's to help balance this OTA in the DEC axis. It's surprisingly more back-heavy than a regular C-14. Otherwise you may have to slide your OTA unacceptably far forward (or even impossibly far forward depending on your mount. The mirror locks are a nice touch and honestly do help minimize mirror flop on meridian flip and such, but they won't prevent image shift during focusing. You'll still want an external focuser, such as a TCF-Si, PDF, Atlas or the very innovative Clement focuser. The ideal back-focus distance for the C-14 EdgeHD is exactly 5.75 (146mm from the back of the larger opening (not the smaller one. If you can't place your image plane at this exact distance, then for best results you should error on the side of longer rather than shorter.