Jeff -----TEC 140, Stellarvue SVR90T, SV115T20 and AT65EDQ refractors,Webster D14, C11 EdgeHD Lunt LS60THa solar scope double stacked with LS60FHaTelevue Pan 41; Ethos 21, 17; Nagler 31T5, 9T6, 7T6, 5T6, 3.5T6; Delos 10, 12, ES25, 14, 9Astro-Physics 900GTO with Rob Miller Tri36M TripodDM-4 Mount-Extension-Tripod w/ Sky CommanderDM-6 Mount-Losmandy Adapter/Extension-Berlebach Planet w/ Argo Navis
Quote:There are many variables, and they have different values for each of us, but having a 28 inch f/4 for the past 9 years I can speak to my own experience. Hopefully it willbe helpful.First of all, I'm 6'4", 220 pounds, 57 years old and still relatively strong. I move my scope by wheel barrow handles that feel like an approximately 50 pound lift when moving the scope. After this much time happily using my scope I'm actively contemplating building a larger one, but not a heavier one - the plan is for the larger scope to be lighter. So for me it comes down to how much the scope weighs, not how big the mirror is.I have to transport my scope to use - I live near downtown Portland, Oregon, so it has to be easy to transport, set up and break down or I won't use it. My 28 is easiest and fastest to set up by myself, and I really don't know if my scope was simply scaled up to a 32" if it would be just big enough to become a hassle or not.I'm not tempted to move from a 28 to a 32 because the views wouldn't be enough to justify the move, so I'll never really know the answer to this question for myself.If you're asking about handling just the mirror, the answer is probably the 32 will always be a two person job to handle, but then that's true of a 28 for most people. I can just manage it but I'm pretty sure a 32 would be just a bit too much for me. Thank goodness I only take my 28 mirror out the scope once a year to wash it - that's plenty!
Webster 28" f4 Kennedy mirror Argo/ServoCat Plettstone 18" f4.2 Zambuto mirror Argo/ServoCat Light bridge 16" F4.5 Suchting mirror Argo/ServoCat Meade 12" SCT OTA Questar 3.5 Duplex BB Coronado 90 SII DS BF30 NEQ6 Pro Mount Ethos (all), Zeiss Abbe ii, Leica ASPH zoom Lots of Naglers TMB ES TV Paracorr I&II Zeiss 15 x 60 B/GAT binoculars Denkmeier binoviewer & 21mm eyepieces
Clear skies, Erik
Visual astronomer, main instruments:
Matthias Wirth 16" f/5 Takahashi FS-102 NSV on EM-10 Celestron 1983 C5
Zeiss, TeleVue and Celestron eyepieces
Nikon 18x70 IF-WP Zeiss Victory FL 7x42 Zeiss Victory FL 10x32
Quote: I have to transport my scope to use - I live near downtown Portland, Oregon, so it has to be easy to transport, set up and break down or I won't use it.
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Quote: There is also the hassle factor of hooking up the trailer and possibly having to back it into a tight space when returning home.