I have been an avid amateur astronomer for years now. I’ve had mostly mak’s and SCT’s. Don’t get me wrong, the viewes through some of them were great. Until now. I had a chance to look through an 80mm APO Triplet and I have never seen a view like that.
No, it wasn’t brighter on planets, but it certainly gave me a wow effect while looking at Clusters, some nebulas and just generally the sky. I’ve never seen stars like that, so perfect. I couldn’t believe it was coming from an 80mm scope.
So so now I come to you to seek advise. I currently have an 8” Edge HD. But no matter how many times I look through it, I can’t forget the views I saw from the APO.
My budget is about $3500. I would like a 4” or 5” ( Dont know if it’s worth the 1k jump). I’ve read reviewes on all sorts of refractors. TAK would be my number 1 choice but it’s out of my price range, so I’ve decided on either William Optics or Stellarvue, or anything else above average.
Your tboughts and experiences are greatly appreciated.