Hi, all, again,
I'm asking this because I'm just not sure of the Orion's ultimate IQ and ergonomics compared with the TV's. I know the TV is designed and sold as much as an imager, therefore the increased cost for beefing up the focuser and positioning of the 2+2 air spaced objective (if I have that right), while retaining the same IQ specs of the original highly reviewed NP101 for visual use. Important: I am strictly a visual user!
I bought and now have at home the Orion on a StarSeeker goto mount from Marty of Company Seven. (You may have read some of my relevant posts on this scope in another thread.)
I need to make a decision "Pronto" (no pun intended) soon about switching in order to get a full refund and use that toward the TV. Marty strongly talked me out of the TV - much to my consternation - saying the three extra mm can be noticed for deep sky. Furthermore, the shorter focal length means a bit more difficult in gwetting high mags for planets. And while the TV may be slightly better than the Orion (all Marty's subjective words), it's a thousand dollars more, and so he says is not worth it.
But, for me the nearly 4#s lighter (with everything about 31-32#s -- though 3.5" longer) of the TV is important as a further inducement (I'm lazy) for quick G&Gs out onto my city LP balcony. It's not the weight but the clumsy weight distribution of scope and mount/tripod. I absolutely want to carry the whole thing out in one piece. See next para about taking the scope on and off the mount.
The Orion on the StarSeeker has the rings opening on top, rather on the side. This means there's no stabilizing cradle as the scope would come off to the side, and I'd have to be very careful in holding it. With the cradle at the bottom, as with most scope/mount configurations, the scope has a semi-secure position from which to open and close the rings. I'm probably botching up the explanation. It may be due to the StarSeeker mount's position of the dovetail, and not the scope. In any case, the way it is now, I don't feel comfortable with it. And I'm also having trouble (must be just me) inserting or sliding the heavy scope on/off the dovetail. Maybe that would be the same for the TV.
I now have the Orion RACI 9x50 on the EON. Do any know whether that can be put on the TV?
And, then for me, I'm probably caught up in the best I can afford, given I'm in my "twilight" years of contemplating the heavens. As Galileo was purported to have said at his inquisition because he insisted that the Earth goes around the sun (can you believe that idiotic dogma - and sadly still persists in some pockets today): Science tells how the heavens go; religion tells how to go to heaven. Isn't that perfect?! And since this will be my last scope, I like the "cache" of the TV, which I like to think is a notch better than the Chinese imports, however rebranded, and is bettered only by Astro-Physics and Tak, among a very small top tier - but thousands more, yet.
Please let me know as soon as you can, as I'm not looking forward in dealing with Marty and want to get this over with one way or the other - and there's the full refund to deal with. He's opinionated to the point of not caring what the customer wants, just stating his well-earned expert opinion
Opinions: So, considering all the above, and maybe other issues I haven't thought of, would you make the switch, having that sense of satisfaction that you couldn't do better on your budget and that it's your last "hurrah." My heart dueling my brain.
I know from reading this forum, Jon Isaacs, among some others, has practical opinions on this scope and I would love to hear what he has to say.