Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
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Quote:Thank you!! One ($300) long focus 76 the othrr $379....with my celestron se mount would i i enjoy its performance.n? Expecting sharp refractor views? Darnit. Decisions desions.thanksnn.jim
Quote:Quote:Thank you!! One ($300) long focus 76 the othrr $379....with my celestron se mount would i i enjoy its performance.n? Expecting sharp refractor views? Darnit. Decisions desions.thanksnn.jim I would go for an ED-80. Better glass, still very compact and easy to mount. My experience is that an 80mm F/7 FPL-53 doublet is hard to beat in it's class as a planetary scope.Jon
7x35 and 10x50 sears tower binocs, 3" f/10 edmunds reflector, 2.4" f/11.7 manon refractor, 6" f/8 jaegers refractor, 10" f/11 R30 Istar refractor, 3" f/15.8 sans&streiffe refractor, 3.1" f/15 selsi refractor(towa 339), 2.4" f/15 sears refractor, selsi 30x30mm spyglass, criterion 5-draw 25x45x75x spyglass(1957), 4.25" f/14.8 tasco 20te.http://cleardarksky.com/c/OmahaNEkey.html
Quote:For my I'd bet that there isn't a nickel's worth of difference between the two. But I just like oldies better that's all. Mike
Quote:I have the AT72ED and I really like it. It is such a very capable scope for its size. I love the wide field views and its nice for quick views of the planets, sun in white light,etc. it is a quintessential grab and go, and is also airline portable. I can not say the same thing about my long focus scopes. With regard to it being optically an equal, I can equivocally state that again, it is not. Compared to my more than 40 year old 76 mm F16 Sears Model 6344 or my Unitrons it is no where near the same when viewing Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, the Moon, or the Sun. There is nothing that can beat a really good f15 or higher long focus achromat, inch for inch of aperture. Then again, there is something to be said for expediency. You be the judge.
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