So what would you build for your "Retirement Refractor" setup? Been thinking about this for obvious reasons lately.
For me, an ideal setup would be:
TEC 180 APO. I feel this would have more than sufficient aperture. Truth be told 152mm is more than enough based on my observations. But this is a dream setup so I will splurge a little!
I would mount it alt-az. Reason is that I enjoy it more when I have to travel around and find my way. When I use an automated setup I feel like it is like traveling on airlines...no real sensation of traveling around and more like transporting. Half the fun is in getting to the destination for me.
I would equip it with Baader Zeiss 2" and 1.25" Zeiss prism diagonals. Reason is that I want the scope to be all refractive...and no mirrors of any sort in the train. That way the scatter is at an absolute minimum and also no issues with longevity as prisms have stood the test of time.
Eyepieces would be my set of Pentax XWs from 40mm to 3.5mm. Never feel wanting with these and like having the consistent look and feel at all focal lengths. I would also keep my 4mm Supermono, 5mm XO, 6mm ZAO-II and 8mm AP-SPL for mono planetary. As long as my eye can still see the difference with these top shelf minimum glass arrangements I figure makes no sense to settle for planetary. Would also keep a bino setup with my 20mm Meade RG Wide Fields until I can find another pair that does better on planetary.
Would also have a pair of Nikon AE Binoculars in 7x35 for wider fields of view and 12x50's for hunting down targets.
Finally, would make sure to have a white light solar filter as I much prefer solar viewing in white light to Hydrogen, and with binoviewer even better.
Now this is a BIG scope...so of course would need something smaller around for when that is advantageous. While I have an 80mm it is just a little too small. And I have a 102 and it is just a little too big for this task. So am thinking either a TMB 92SS or a AT-90EDT. So a little more umph than an 80 but not so large as something like my TSA-102 f/8.
So that would be it...one big, one small, and all refractive from end to end for the most enjoyable views to be had.
What would be your setup with accessories?
Edited by BillP, 18 August 2014 - 07:17 AM.