Seeing Amazing Things in an 80mm Scope
Posted 24 October 2003 - 08:25 PM
I posted my initial review of the Stellarvue AT1010 elsewhere on this forum. A couple of comments on your requirements in a "grab and go" scope.
Since you already have a bigger scope, I suggest sticking to an 80mm or less. I almost bought the Orion 100mm f6 and am glad I didn't. After getting the Stellervue I went back and reviewed the dimensions and weight of the Orion and it's heavier tripod. I think it would have been just that much bigger that it would be a significant hassle to move it. I'm over 6 foot, it definately would have been a too much for my 5'2" wife. Also since you have a scope capable of high power without color problems maybe an ED or APO type is not needed.
Some background on why I chose the AT1010 may help explain why I chose as I did. As a newbie buying my first scope I did some visiting at a local star party, and 2 shops, Seans Telescope in Battleground and Anacortes Telescope in Anacortes. My goal is to learn the sky a little better and "just look at stuff." Not very technical huh? At the star party I tried a couple of Dobs and didn't like the "nudge nudge" type of operation. Went to Seans (at night, ya gotta love a scope store open 4pm to midnight) and tried a couple of long tube refractors and a Cassgrain type of scope on EQ and alt-az mounts. Liked both type of mounts and scopes. At Anacortes I tried a Celestron ST-80, a Williams Optics Megrez 80 and a Stellarvue. Megrez was to much money, and I couldn't see much difference in the daytime color abberations between any of them. Decided to find a good used Orion or Celestron 80-90 scope, short or long whatever I found first. Didn't want to by a Mak or Cass type due to the cooldown problems. One thing I do hate is cheap optics (had some bad binocs a while ago drove me crazy trying to focus)I was going to use whatever I bought and go on the wait lost for an Orion 80ED. Weeelll... Stellarvue anounced their sale, some money came available I hadn't planned on, so I jumped on it. I haven't heard of too many people being disappointed in it even if they get a bigger, better, faster scope later.
Hope this helps, as always YMMV.
Posted 27 October 2003 - 01:23 AM
I talked with Orion about that mount for the 80mm ED I was considering and they said it would handle it well.
Posted 27 October 2003 - 10:17 AM
Posted 27 October 2003 - 09:57 PM