My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Binoculars: Astro-physics 10.5x70;
Telescope: Explore Scientific 102mm F7 APO CF
Mount: Celestron VX; EP: ES 82 Degree 8.8,18,24Canon T3i
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Warren - Stargazing since the 60's! Scopes: ETX-LS6, ED80T, AT6RC, Lunt LS60T, C9.25 Mounts: Atlas EQ-G, Vixen Portamount II Cameras: Atik 314L+,DMK31AU03,SSAG, ASI120MC Filters: Astrodon LRGB, Orion HA, SII, OIII Acc: Orion 5 place Filter wheels x 2, Flatman Primary Imaging site: Bortle Scale Class 6 Red Zone http://astrobin.com/users/rigel123/
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Quote:Im looking at SV110-25SVSV Raptor 90 mm Apo (reduced to near the SV110 price). I guess the question is should I take the smaller APO or larger 110. Could I even tell the difference in optics for viewing or AP?
Quote:If this is a first scope, I'd recommend considering putting AP on the back burner for a while until you acquaint yourself with a new scope and the sky. IMHO learning the sky and viewing the planets are best acomplished with a Dobsonian of 8 to 10". If you're dead set on an equatorial mount, this is where you should put most of your money, especially if you are going to contemplate AP. A good mount can last a lifetime. If you're serious about the hobby you'll end up with many scopes over the years. Is cost a limitation?
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote:My nickle's worth: Dob for visual (not very expensive) and C6 or C8 on the new Celestron VX mount (again not that expensive) for evebntual AP. As for the time spent on alignment, that's going to be absolutely necessary for AP anyway. Both could be had for around your stated budget, though camera equipment no matter what you get will go well beyind that.