Will I notice a significant difference between the AT102ED and the WO 80mm Fluorite? I know you have had both.
I had the AT-102ED for about 2 years. During those two years , the 80 mm F/7 FD (in truth FPL-53), got very little use. Optically , the 102ED was not as perfect as the 80 mm but the 102 just showed more, was more satisfying. After 2 years , i had had so much fun with the 102ED, I decided to treat myself to a top notch 4 inch .
The AT-102ED found a new home with a friend .. As a wedding gift. .
AT-102ED versus SkyWatcher ED100: For me , i wanted the shorter focal length of the F/7 scope. Handier, wider field of view , better for terrestrial. At high mags , the Skywatcher is better but the AT-102 is more versatile and a better combination of virtues. I took these two photos with the AT-102ED. They wouldn't have happened with the Skywatcher .