Whilst bumbling around on the internet I cam across a 2009 article by Brian Ventrudo titled 5 telescopes that changed amateur astronomy.
I wonder how relevant Brian's list is today?? He chose in no particular order, Unitron refractors, Questar Maksutovs, Celestron SCTs, Dynascope RV-6 and the Coulter Dobs.
I would guess he was commenting from a US perspective. Well now nearly a decade later and writing from the antipodes I would come up with the following list of the 5 telescopes that changed amateur astronomy(for me personally)...
1. Edmund Astroscan, a lot sold in NZ in the 1980's and also around the world. I still use one 40 year after buying one. My brother has the original. I have a second hand one picked up at an auction.
2. Zeiss refractor, in my case I have owned three since 1994, two the venerable APQ's (100/1000 and 130/1000) and a homemade ota for an AS80/840. Stunning to look through and user friendly. They spoil the viewer. Obviously fairly low numbers of these telescopes exist in the US. There are 5 I am aware of in NZ.
3. Celestron SCT's. Whilst I have never owned one my brother has owned quite a few. They really deliver an aperture punch for the price.
4. John Dobson style homemade or commercial Dobsonians. Again very popular and widely used here in NZ. Usually half the telescopes at a star party. More of these sell in NZ than any other quality telescope. The Auckland astronomical society commercial arm(ASTRONZ) imports container loads of them.
5. Questar 3.5 Maksutov. I now own a second hand field scope I have converted into a Duplex. Very versatile. Quick and easy to use and great optics. Relatively rare in NZ I only know of 3 privately owned Questars and I owned by an astronomical society. I use this telescope the most.
What are the 5 telescopes that have influenced you as an amateur astronomer the most??
Edited by Kevin Barker, 24 June 2018 - 11:49 PM.