Quote: The main reason id like a refractor is, 1) im not getting the detail with galaxies and close views with planets as id like anymore.
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Quote:I didnt know the focal length had any thing todo with magnification?
Quote:*I may have gone on a tangent here, let me try to clean it up.i was thinking of getting a 10" reflector to replace the 130mm one, simply because its like a pain or chore to move it around, at least with the 10" reflector id be moving something that i could really examine stuff with.Since i already have a reflector i was thinking a refractor. I wouldn't mind doing astrophotos, in fact i already have done a few holding my phone up and have built a make shift piggyback rig. As i realize AP gets really complex and a lot of work goes into it, i would like to ease my way into it. Here was my thoughts though, as i was doing research it seemed the "AP" group preferred to have a refractor as a guide scope mounted to a bigger scope. I thought since i already own a decent reflector id get a refractor, then all id have to do is upgrade my reflector or use as is and get a tracking mount, and some other accessories for astrophotography. While having the small refractor id be able to travel around with it, overseas to europe from the US. Also id feel that id use it more, cause it'd be easy to pack into the car and go to a dark spot with. Ill keep doing some research on this subject matter, I've been thinking about this now since the summer when their where plenty of times i could have gotten the "cannon" out and used it but was just to exhausted from the days work i didn't bother.
Quote:Maybe I'm also looking at this from the wrong angle to? i do plan on going to the local astronomy club, i went to the universities star party this summer and was asking about refractors and such, nobody knew much about them and none had one to look through. So i turned to the web for some help. I know some are real connoisseurs here and reading through some of the post i will be able to learn quite a bit of material on this site!
Quote:Well Ive been thinking for a long time now that id like to get a refractor type telescope. One reason for this is i already own a 130 orion space probe on an eq-2 mount. ...The main reason id like a refractor is, 1) im not getting the detail with galaxies and close views with planets as id like anymore ...So I've been thinking getting a 70-80mm refractor
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Quote:Chris, i completely forgot about this f/ratio i whence made a little note card of the magnifications that i have. Looking at this now it looked like i use about 53x or a 17mm EP on the 130mm which is 900mm f/7 focal length on most object and then put the 2x barlow on for higher power.
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Quote:But since we are on the mount now, what is a vixen style mount and dovetails, it seems every mount has this, except the smaller camera tripods that mount the small refractors i have been looking at.TheMadHatter
Quote:Quote: The main reason id like a refractor is, 1) im not getting the detail with galaxies and close views with planets as id like anymore. To solve that problem, you need both more aperture and more magnification.