Impressions of the Tele Vue 76
Posted 10 September 2013 - 04:10 PM
I hope you enjoy the read.
Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:51 AM
I have the old Tele Vue Oracle 3, which is 76mm also.
Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:57 AM
I've pretty much now dedicated my TV76 to H-alpha solar viewing but in past I've used it for terrestrial viewing and photography, as well as a vacation travel scope. There is something about the TV76 that I really enjoy. I have owned a number of high quality, larger refractors but have some confidence that when I retire and think about downsizing, the versatile TV76 will be the one scope I'll likely want to hold onto. I agree it is heavy for terrestrial and not best for the elements, but I wouldn't give up the TV76 for birding for anything other than maybe the new Swarovski ATX 95 (which I can't afford). And if I ever did splurge on the Swaro, I still wouldn't give up the TV76. In fact, given the used market as you point out, I could even see myself picking up a green tube TV76 at the right price someday to dedicate to terrestrial... How crazy is that?
Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:40 AM
Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:34 PM
I've looked on and off for a TV-76 for some time as a small upgrade to the Pronto but TV no longer just sells the tube, you have to buy the whole package (diagonal, ep, ring) and I don't need yet another 2" diagonal or 20mm Plossl.
Regardless, what matters is just how portable these small TV refractors are and how good they are optically. And, I like the TV approach to astronomy.
Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:40 PM
You don,t see too many 76,s on the used market these days, that says the owners must be happy, Dave, Innisfil.
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