“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:Hello,Last year I had some issues with work which resulted in me getting some cash for a scope. In the end I decided to keep the cash on hand just in case.....25K on a scope was a bit much. Now I'm considering spending a part (6K) on a nice apo.The quandary is this:Shall I get a 4-incher on a good goto-mount, or a 5-incher on a simple alt-az and go push-to.I love the goto and tracking of an EQ-mount and find myself kicking myself when not using it. But then again, I hate giving up the aperture-advantage.Observing = planetary and doubles, however darker (yellow) skies are within 20 miles drive out of the city. I live in a white zone.I am a stickler for optics and mechanics, TAK is on top of my wishlist. But when the AP130GT gets offered all bets are off of-course
Quote:... I'm from the "overmount" school... This weekend, I was again reminded how miserable undermounting a scope can make observing. Good luck!!
--------------------Clear Skies, PJ Refl.- 203/1420; Refr.- 110/616, 75/500; Bino.- 15X60, 10X50, 8X30 __________________________________________________
Quote:Having owned one, I would not choose an AP130GT for Lunar/Planetary and doubles. You will wind up using higher power eps all the time just to get the detail you would in a scope of f7 or better. Unless you get 7/10 seeing regularly, you'll just be wasting mags.
- Jared Willson