"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" - Riddick "The best scientists are humble. They seek to understand, not to ensure their legacy, but merely to understand." - Mori
Quote:The long focus Zeiss totally blew away the TV 76 on lunar-planetary targets and double stars.
Classic refractors incl. Unitrons, Zeiss, Goto Optical, Royal Astro, Edmund; visual observer.
"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!"
Refractors Reflectors Two Cats A few eyepieces
Michael Creature of the night. Asahi Jupiter (60mm f=800mm) Skywatcher Dob (200mm f=1200mm) ST 80 (80mm f=400mm) PST Ha Solar (40mm f=400mm)
Quote:What it really comes down to is the smoothness, figure and correction of the lens. My Sears scope just has a superb lens. It's not inherently better than a shorter focus ED refractor. It is easier to get higher powers on a long focus refractor. The steeper curves on the short focus scopes are harder to make. Each refractor lens seems to have a little "personality". Seem to have gravitated toward refractors lately. On the chance of getting flamed... A well executed long focus newt in the same price range will show MUCH more detail than a refractor. A 3" telescope is still a 3" telescope. Compared to a good 6" or 8" F8 newtonian??? NO contest. Still love small refractors though.
--------------------Clear Skies, PJ Refl.- 203/1420; Refr.- 110/616, 75/500; Bino.- 15X60, 10X50, 8X30 __________________________________________________
Orange Tube C8, Tasco 7te-5, 4" Criterion Dynascope, Jason/Towa 313
Nikon Action Extreme & Pentax WPii Binoculars
At my club, everything one could want up to 18"
Takahashi TS-65, FC-50 & EM-10 mount, Borg 100, C8, Various Vixens