Hi Folks, Received my new Celestron 8" EdgeHD SCT and finally had a chance for first light last night. For those of you who know, I've been very attached to my 90mm refractor for some time, so this was a very big step. Bob and I set up in his backyard and performed all of those "unboxing" things and got things leveled and balanced on my CG5 mount. Balancing was an adventure and it looks like the 7lb weight will either get twin, I'll need a longer bar, or I'll need to move up to an 11lb counterweight once I add the guide scope and cameras. Collimation was near perfect out of the box, but I'm sure we can get it spot on with a little tweaking. We replaced the 1.25" visual back with a 2" unit and spent a bit of time getting used to the focuser (Featherlight 10:1 is on the way). We then tested a bevy of 2" and 1.25" eyepieces and were amazed by the views in each case. Targets included Jupiter - amazing in the 16MM Explorer Scientific, M15, M31, M45 - the Celestron Focal Reducer combined with a 36mm, 72º AFOV 2" eyepiece got the whole thing, and finally M42 before the clouds from the SE moved in and shut things down at 8:30. All told, a great visual first light outing. Tim -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.