Mark EON 80 - Twilight 2 | C11 - iEQ45 | Astro Physics 175EDF - 900GTO
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Quote:Thanks Gene, I guess I should have been more specific. I wanted to have something inexpensive to acquire that can be refigured to give premium views without the added cost of a premium dob structure. Wondered if I could get a premium optics view contained in a very basic (and inexpensive) package. I would trade some ergonomics to put more money into the primary/secondary.
12.5" Home built F-4.8 Eq Newt. Lightholder Optics mirror 12'x12' roll-off roof observatory 6" Home built f-6 Newt. w/Dick Wessling mirror on CG-5 Eq. mount. 4.5" Orion Starblast My equipment philosophy... If it ain't broke, fix it anyway.
10" F/4.7 Modified Skywatcher Reflector 38mm Orion Q70, 17mm Modded Ultima LX 10mm TeleVue Delos, 7mm Pentax XL
Quote: So if you were doing this, which one would you choose?
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Jeff Huston Obsession 30" f/5 (#102) Obsession 18" f/4.5 (#264) Celestron C9.25 f/10 Losmandy GM8 Cave 8" f/6 Newt Orion 80 and 120mm f/5 achro Coronado PST Vixen Polaris
Quote:I want to know who orders an AP 175 and then contemplates whether to skimp by refiguring a Chinese made mirror.
Quote:Thanks Stratocaster for your experience and advice. You didn't say....would you take the same route again?
Quote:Hmmm..... I was under the impression that this has been recommended/done in the past by others on here. Sounds like I need to rethink this a bit.
Orion XT12i with Swayze-refigured primary & Protostar secondary
Televue NP101 refractor
William Optics Megrez 90 refractor
Universal Astronomics Deluxe Mounts
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
Quote:Chris, thank you so much for your detailed write up. It further reinforces my new opinion that just spending a little more gets you a lot more in ergonomics that can't be matched.