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#1 salty

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 05:50 PM

How many 80mm scopes did stellarvue make.
I just looked at one and all it says is
Stellarvue 80ED Telescope with Enhanced 2" Diagonal .
How do I know what model it was.He said he does not know.
he said it does not say in scope or anywhere else. for that scope

#2 Scott Beith

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:27 PM

Do you have a photo of the scope?

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 06:38 PM

The SV80ED has come in a few variations, largely reflecting differences in focusers (a couple of basic 2-speed Crayfords, the 2 inch Feathertouch, and most recently the 2.5 inch SV rack and pinion model) and tube design (two aluminum tube versions, one of which is a single piece tube and the other has a removable section to allow the use of binoviewers without an optical corrector in the system, and most recently a carbon fiber tube version called the Raptor).

My sense is that there have been at least two versions of the objective lens. The first one was 552mm and was labeled LEST, while the more recent ones have all been 560mm.

Photos of the scope, particularly the objective lens and the focuser would help clear things up.
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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:06 PM

OK-he said it says on the manual SV80ED basic.
I can look that up
thanks anyway but those 80mm stellarvue scopes can get confusing

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:13 PM

560mm f/l
one piece tube
Probably black or white in color
2" crayford

Good little scope.

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 07:21 PM

I'm passing on it as he wants more than it is worth and besides after all my inquiries I am leaning to the 90 and 100 mm scopes and it is becoming easier to resist buying now.I am just waiting for the right one to come along. the only refractor I would go for $1000 right now would be like a TMB 92L

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:01 PM

Who makes a very good 4" achro-anybody!

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:10 PM

What is your budget for the scope?
What mount do you want to use?
What do you want to do with the scope? (visual, grab and go, travel, imaging, etc...)

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Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:29 PM

almost all visual right now-I could go to $1000.
don't know anything about mounts-just what I have read that
some mounts will handle up to 4" and then etc etc.
I really wanted a scope that I could take with me on some trips but the more I read the more undecided I get.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:08 AM

Salty,

Suggest buying Phillip Harrington's book Star Ware. Though it's a little older now (4th edition is 2007). It's a good book for a beginner to figure out what type of scope to get. I do like refractors...but maybe that isn't the best for you?

80mm is a nice aperture...but still pretty small. TMB92 would be a great scope for sure. Don't forget the mount cost. For 1000 in the apo category...I'd probably look used on astromart.com or here in the classified. I see a lot of 100mm eds for 500...then you could get a mount for 300-500.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:12 AM

Take a look at the SV102ED on the used market.
I believe it is airline portable and you would get solid ED performance in a 4" f/7 tube. I have seen them go for as low as $750.00 on AM.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 09:51 AM

Take a look at the SV102ED on the used market.
I believe it is airline portable and you would get solid ED performance in a 4" f/7 tube. I have seen them go for as low as $750.00 on AM.


:waytogo:

The StellarVue or any of the 102mm F/7 ED scope, Astro-Tech, Orion, WO, these offer a good value.

Also the ED-100s, optically better but at the price of a significantly longer tube. Still quite compact though. I see them for $400 used.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:05 AM

The f/9 ED100s will be too big for airline travel but the f/7 versions should work. Make sure you get a case for it designed to meet airline guidlines.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 10:20 AM

Hi Salty,
I have to admit that I'm somewhat biased towards 80mm refractors (I have 3 of them; long story, so don't ask!), as they are my most-used class of scope. But if this were my first, and perhaps only, scope, I'd probably pick something else entirely. Do you need something extremely portable? Are you dead-set upon getting a refractor? If the answer to both these questions is no, then you might be better off starting with something like an 8" dob. You could get something like this (scope and mount together) for well under your budget (less than 1/2 of your budget in fact), and still have plenty of money left over for eyepieces. Plus you'll have much greater light-gathering ability with this type of scope.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:31 AM

almost all visual right now-I could go to $1000.
don't know anything about mounts-just what I have read that
some mounts will handle up to 4" and then etc etc.
I really wanted a scope that I could take with me on some trips but the more I read the more undecided I get.


Scott he wants it for trips.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:48 AM

Thanks, Scott B--I missed that part. In that case, I think an 80ED would really fit the bill. Yes, a 102ED is pretty portable, and will show more, but IMO the beefier mount required retracts somewhat from the portability. And I know that Preston S. (the "travel scope guru") travels everywhere with his SV115T, but I've traveled cross-country via airline with my SV Nighthawk 80mm f/6, and that's the largest scope that I would ever want to fly with again.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 11:49 AM

For airline portable I agree with the 4" ED recommendations. But the mount needs to be factored as well.

Another one worth looking at is the WO Megrez 90mm (on used market).

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:29 PM

thanks for all the advice-I won't have to post anymore but at least I really looked into it and know my choice may not be limited to anyone particular scope but I will know a good buy when I see one now that might fit into what I am looking for.
thanks again everyone for being patient with me.
When I get something I will post it. I may just buy the scope first and then ask about the mount..
Can't believe how many nights the skies have been good for viewing and I have no scope.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:37 PM

Just let us know when you get it and we expect photos :)

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 12:42 PM

Just let us know when you get it and we expect photos :)

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 01:16 PM

I have to admit that I'm somewhat biased towards 80mm refractors (I have 3 of them; long story, so don't ask!), as they are my most-used class of scope.


Uhhhh yeah.... Don't ask me either as I'm in the same boat. Gotta love those 80s though! ;)






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