Quote:Dang it all Ron, I was this close to buying the FLT-110 and now you've gone and made me second guess myself! Arg I better hurry up and buy something before I go NUTS!!!!!!
Quote:My concern with the SV115 is primarily that a friend who has been to the Northeast Astronomical Forum in Suffern, NY the past several years told me that, in his opinion, the "fit and finish" of Stellarvue scopes is "not as good as TeleVue or Astro-Physics". I don't know which Stellarvue telescopes he was able to see. Of lesser concern is the 2" focuser (versus 4" in the FLT110).
Quote:I have both and can confirm the 115 has less color, more like: the 110 has very little and the 115 has essentially none. Both have excellent, well corrected wavefronts. Like most owners, I don't think the WO 4" R&P focuser is very good, the new crayford is allegedly much better, an upgrade is supposedly coming. The feathertouch 2" or better yet the 3.5 are the new standard.
Quote:After reading the replies, I think it'll come down to the SV115 and the NP-127. I'll try to see examples of both as you suggest. One question - what are the options for a field flattener with the SV115? Thanks.Al
Quote:Now the hard part, choosing between the SV115 and the NP-127
Quote:No question that the 127 will give better views on all classes of objects. In this class of APO, 12mm is too big a size difference and the quality of both too high for the smaller one to somehow make it up. The downside is the extra dollars for the 127.
"Bacon". It's a perfectly acceptable answer.
Quote:The price difference is significant. I guess that's the question I'll have to answer - is it worth it to spend approximately $2000 more for the NP-127? Thanks.Al
Quote:MANY THANKS... I'll let you know what I decide - it may take a little while!
Quote:No Ron I was saying that for the price you could buy an 80mm and a SV115 for the price of the other scopes. Larger aperture surely rules in visual. However I'd have to say that the pictures folks are getting with the smaller scopes are great also. Guess it depends on what you want to photograph and how serious one wants to get into it.
Quote:Note that the SV130S OTA weighs a hefty 22 lbs, almost 10 lbs heavier than the NP127!!!Ron B[ee]