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#26 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:15 PM

Good luck finding a 4" f/15 achromat and a suitable mount for $700. In fact, good luck finding a new or used 3" f/15 with modern 1.25" focuser (rather than a 0.965" unit), at all.


Hi Jim,

Far be it for me to reveal something of which you are not aware, but here is a brand spanking new 101mm f/15 with what to me looks like a 1.25" or 2" focuser: link. The cost might be a problem, though...


I think they are around $2000... big and long.... might as well get a 120mm Eon or SkyWatcher...

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:28 PM

I think they are around $2000... big and long.... might as well get a 120mm Eon or SkyWatcher...


Me? I'm quite satisfied with my TEC 140. :grin:

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:03 PM

I think they are around $2000... big and long.... might as well get a 120mm Eon or SkyWatcher...


Me? I'm quite satisfied with my TEC 140. :grin:


That was probably over the $700 limit too. :)

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:45 PM

Something similar to Pat's setup may be attainable. an ed 100 on a Astro tech voyager may be the ticket. If you buy used, you should be within your budget. An ED 80 might be a decent choice as well, but a longer f/l refractor works better IMHO.
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 11:12 PM

Would this scope fit the bill? 102mm f/11, I've had my eye on this for a while...

http://handsonoptics...th=1_112&amp...

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:00 AM

Thanks to everyone who helped out with my query. I am now in the process of buying a 4" Orion 100ED for $400 (recommended to me by Jim Barnett). Also, I am also working on getting a Vixen Porta Alt/Az mount. Next I'll need a dovetail mounting plate, scope rings, and, an 8x50 RACI finder. I've already got eyepieces. $700 or less... well maybe just a pinch more! Thanks again for all of the help, Steve

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:13 AM

Thanks to everyone who helped out with my query. I am now in the process of buying a 4" Orion 100ED for $400 (recommended to me by Jim Barnett). Also, I am also working on getting a Vixen Porta Alt/Az mount. Next I'll need a dovetail mounting plate, scope rings, and, an 8x50 RACI finder. I've already got eyepieces. $700 or less... well maybe just a pinch more! Thanks again for all of the help, Steve


Steve:

Sounds like a good rig... agenda astro generally has good prices on rings and dovetails.

Jon

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 12:42 AM

your gonna love it! I will upgrade my achromat after I buy a big scope to complement it.






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