If it were me, I'd be looking at a c9.25.
Real planetary performer , better cooldown than the MAK and more aperture for DSO's
Hi all! I have a SW100ED refractor, and am looking for a companion OTA.
I really like looking at planets, and just need more reach. If the new scope is decent on galaxies, etc, all the better - but reach for planets is #1 concern.
I observe only while on long camping weekends. We go to far offroad camping spots in Utah, and the seeing is mainly clear, sometimes unbelievable, and sometimes too much turbulence.
I currently have an iOptron EQ30, and a non-goto Bresser Exos second mount. I also have ES 2" 30mm, 5.5, and 9mm 100* eyepieces - plus the 20mm/5mm eyepieces that came with the refractor.
In any case, I've read about every thread I can on the subject, and I think I want a Mak-Cass.
My budget is "around $1K" although I'm lucky enough to go up to $2K if need be (for everything.)
I see the SW180 is well liked by many who own them. They are on sale for $1080, plus a better diagonal (+$250) plus a better focuser ($250?) so really more like $1600. Because of the FL (2700mm) I would also have to buy at least one more eyepiece .(17mm? 45?)
So really, it's more like $2K for that scope, mainly due to the FL and other concerns.
Since I already have a SW, and it's my only OTA, I'm wanting to make sure and not pass over something else. As far as I can tell, my options in this price range would be
Orion (probably same as the SW)
Meade (comes with mount, which I don't really want/need)
So, my question is, what am I missing? Is there a $1500 scope I should be considering that already has a good diagonal and focuser?
Thanks in advance,