Modern Version of a Classic Long Refractor?
Well getting to the topic. I don't really own any modern ones. There are to many real classics out there and I have a quiver full. You know I love refractors and have a soft spot for the long FL old-timers. The closest I can come is the Unipons. I am in progress of building this telescope around a truly wonderful 1962 Jaegers 6" F15 that exhibits a perfect star pattern and very little chromatic aberration.The Objective was purchased by Mount Wilson Observatory in 1962 where it sat unused for 30 years, then Pons traded it for some work he did at the Observatory. This coupled with the brand new (5 years old, Already?) John Pons OTA it is a one of a kind telescope. I have had this scope out only a few time until I recently decided to built a dedicated mount for the telescope so it is getting more light than ever. At this point I have found that it loves BinoViewers. The pitch black backgrounds (7 Baffles) and really nice 6" resolution makes it a great telescope to use. The long focal length telescopes give a depth of field that is not found the shorter APOs, APOS are designed to have a flat field for astrophotography right? So these long fellows are designed to fill your eyes with the wonder of dark matter, dust lanes and stars with colorful little bumps on them. I am sure there are a slue of new long focal length telescopes out there and I have known Rich "The FL GodFather" for many years, both scrambling for the same f15 Unitrons LOL,I am hoping to get a peek thru one of the new Tele Vue lenses.. I Wonder???
I will say one other thing Viewing Saturn last month at Pinos with the Unipons, Great View at 450 power. Dans 6" AP EDSF at F9 did not have any competition from any scope I looked thru Magnificent!
The Unipons first time on its new mount My Wife 5'8" Give me some real prospective reference.