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steve-in-kville
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Another scope or accessorize what I have? new
      #5700046 - 02/25/13 03:26 PM

I've been really enjoying my Orion 90mmm so far. I had changed the mount and tripod to a Vixen Porta II which I like a lot. This is my only scope at the moment.

I have some funds allocated for hobbies and such (money my wife lets me spend!). I am thinking of another scope, maybe downsizing a bit to a AT72ED as my grab-n-go on the Porta II and then upgrading to a heavier EQ for the Orion.

Or should I hold off on another scope and buy more accessories for my Orion? (more EP's, better diagonal, nicer finder, etc).

What would you do in this situation? Replies welcome.


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KerryR
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5700090 - 02/25/13 03:42 PM

An easy thing to fall in to is always craving another scope, and/or searching for the Grand Unified Telescope. Always craving another scope (or accessory) falls largely into "The Grass Is Always Greener" arena, and there is no GUT (the one best scope that does it all perfectly).

My experience with this yielded a lot of debt and very little further observing joy. Quite the opposite.

I have a large collection of scopes from 70mm to 16", and accessories. I could be happy with nearly any one of them and 3 or 4 ep's.


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Thomas Karpf
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5700092 - 02/25/13 03:43 PM

Your 90mm is already fairly small aperture-wise.

If it were me, I'd consider a lot more aperture like the Astro-Tech 6" f/4 'astrograph' that Astronomics has for $299. You would have to buy a mounting rail, of course, for the rings.


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mmalik
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5700106 - 02/25/13 03:48 PM

Quote:

What would you do in this situation?




I would look into imaging, DSLR for the start, if not already an imager. If yes, can you give you more pointers. Thx


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steve-in-kville
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: mmalik]
      #5700122 - 02/25/13 03:57 PM

Not really into imaging, just viewing at this point.

I would consider a larger refractor but my 90mm already measures 35" and can be a beast to move around as one piece. A shorter OTA length would be nice, I have considered the SCT and various other cats but I am not sure I want to go that route.

I would rather focus on improving the equipment I have than getting more.

Keep the replies coming!


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csrlice12
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5700131 - 02/25/13 04:02 PM

That 90mm is pretty portable compared to other scopes. It's a nice achro. I'd probably buy a few of the ES82s or ES68s at best, or even a nice selection of plossels/orthos (depends on tracking). This is a fine planetary/lunar scope. Down the road, I'd look for a light bucket (8+ dob)

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mmalik
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5700184 - 02/25/13 04:27 PM

Quote:

I would consider a larger refractor but my 90mm already measures 35" and can be a beast to move around as one piece. A shorter OTA length would be nice, I have considered the SCT and various other cats but I am not sure I want to go that route.




This... can be upgrade for your 90mmm and is a short FL (530mm, f/5) scope, only 26.6" in length. Will be good for wide angle imaging. Thx


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steve-in-kville
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: mmalik]
      #5700386 - 02/25/13 06:43 PM

Once again, after some consideration of the opinions, I am gonna get more experience with what I have. I will be adding some EP's as well as upgrading my finder scope.

Thanks again.


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johnnyha
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5700465 - 02/25/13 07:37 PM

I would not throw money at that scope, if it performs well and you like it that is perfect. Trying a few eyepieces is a great idea, a really good eyepiece can last a lifetime.

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Gary Riley
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: johnnyha]
      #5700823 - 02/26/13 12:00 AM

Steve,

If you truly enjoy using the 90mm refractor and plan on keeping it, then you could consider upgrading your finder scope. The 6x30 that comes with it is just too small, IMO. You could put a 9x50 on it and have a nice finder that would definetly be easier to sight with. Adding a couple of better quality eyepieces is also something you could do as well.

Gary


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watcher
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: steve-in-kville]
      #5700897 - 02/26/13 01:37 AM

I don't know where you are in Pennsy, but if you have any access at all to darkish skies, you really might want to try a short refractor with more aperture for DSO observing. An achro like the Orion 120mm F/5 would add a lot to your arsenal without breaking the bank.

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Rossmon
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: watcher]
      #5700933 - 02/26/13 02:26 AM

I climbed the chain of scopes like many here. There is something to be said for the experience which typically costs more & more $$! As you can see in my sig, I am now up to the big bucks class of scopes.
I would recommend saving your dollars for a Mallincam video observation system. Better than expensive ep's, expensive telescopes period. Because better telescopes, better eps, yeah they all do some good, but you are still looking at a lot of faint fuzzies. Get a mallincam and all of a sudden you are looking at something closer to the real deal and in a light polluted environment.
In general accessories do enhance what you already have. So, Is what you have good enough to be enhanced!
Oh, 1morething, video is a lot easier than imaging.


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Tophat3
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? new [Re: watcher]
      #5700939 - 02/26/13 02:31 AM

Very good point and worth serious consideration. I think thats the direction i would take.

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steve-in-kville
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Re: Another scope or accessorize what I have? [Re: Tophat3]
      #5701021 - 02/26/13 04:50 AM

So far, deep space hasn't been my thing. I enjoy lunar observing, planet hunting and the occassional man-made flying object. I also want to dip my toes into solar.

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