Just as there are larger than 8-inch SCTs, there are smaller ones. At this time, purchasing a small SCT means buying a Celestron. Meade produced a 4-inch model for many years, the 2045, but that scope was discontinued over a decade ago when the company decided to use the Maksutov Cassegrain design for its smaller CATs. How good is a small SCT anyway? These are definitely kittens compared to big jungle CATs, like the C14 or Meade 16, but for an apartment dweller, a physically challenged person, or just someone who wants a telescope that can be set up and taken down at a moment's notice, it is hard to beat the portability combined with useful aperture found in the wee ones.
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