OK - here is the "new" CGE mount (left) and my CGEM mount (right):
The C11 tube is visible behind the CGEM - as a dark blue tube with an orange attachment rail. It could prove to be an excellent planetary imaging scope when upgraded with a better focuser.
And now, the SHINY!
These incredible images where taken by fellow astro-imager Paul Tankersley at the Peach State Star Gaze. He uses only a 106mm refractor (4-inch) on a beautiful, high end mount to achieve near image perfection.
M78 - in Orion..
vdB 152 - a smoke-like wisp of nebulosity..
I really LOVE this image. Those delicate brown shadings are *really* hard to capture, and this image is superb. With a 4-inch scope he manages to out-do imagers equipped with scopes 3 or even 5 times that size in the desert SW. Amazing..