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#1 Starman47

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:47 AM

If you had to trim your collection to just one telescope, what would it be and why? (refractor or reflector or ???)

 

 



#2 rustynpp

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:56 AM

I will likely sell my 70mm Lunt shortly, which will leave me with only my 4" refractor. 

 

My living situation and limited time I have to dedicate to observing severely restricts the value of having multiple scopes, so instead I chose to maximize the utility of the one. For me, a 4" ED refractor is an excellent blend of function, convenience, and value. Now I just need to stop spending money on eyepieces smile.gif


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#3 Jeff Struve

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:58 AM

I guess I would have to keep the 11" Edge SCT...

 

The 14" Edge is not portable... The 11" has to be mounted on my EQ mount so that lets me do visual and AP where the dob can only do visual... with the Hyperstar I can image with the 11 with the same FoV as my 80mm or 127mm, so the 80mm could go and for visual I could probably put a reducer on it for a wider FoV... I guess I could buy a Quark and then not miss the Lunt...

 

I would miss the 152mm as it is signed... I would miss the ease of the dob and nostalgia of it being my first scope.

 

I guess it depends on why I could only have 1 scope... storage space... need $$$... other???


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#4 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:00 AM

I only own one telescope. My wife owns the rest but let's me use them...:)


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:02 AM

If it had to be something I own right now, probably my Criterion RV6. Otherwise, I'd probably want a 10" Dob. 



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:02 AM

I would chose my 11" GPS Celestron which is on wheels.

I would just have to stay at home to observe as it is too big for me to handle away from my back patio.  

Although my 8" and FC76 would be missed... it is what it is... Aperture does rule. 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:03 AM

If it had to be one, a large reflector (currently a 12" SCT for me).  Refractors have the edge in convenience and FOV, but aperture wins out everywhere else.  I'd rather view less often with a big scope than more often with a small scope.


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#8 M11Mike

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:06 AM

SE8 - 

 

> Not expensive

> Good aperture for the $$$

> Powerful - long FL

> Lightweight

> Compact

> Easily trasportable

> OTA proven over 5 decades

> Go-To proven over 15 years (works)

> Easy to set up / align

> A ZILLION accessories you can add / upgrade

> Reliable Manufacturer - warranty / customer support

> Lots of USED parts and accessories on C/N's, etc.

> Versatile - you can use it on the moon, planets, and or deep space

> Stood test of time - been using a C8 on and off for 35 years

> Reliable, dependable, well made, seems to last forever with little maintenance required

 

After over 60 years of observing and at least 25 different scopes - that's what I use today.

 

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#9 Starman47

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:17 AM

If I had to choose, then it would be my 12" Dobstuff east travel telescope. It is easy enough to move into the backyard or into the SUV. I am also partial to the 12" size. I can see all of the Herschel 400 (with dark skies and a filter or two). 

 

And I did break it down enough to put the whole thing into check in luggage for a trip to Australia and back. (Just FYI, flying with this telescope was an adventure that would require a whole other topic on CN that I do not want to get into now.)  



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:19 AM

Visual or imaging?  <grin>

 

For visual it would be a Dob.  Simple, easy, (no electrical needed) provides good views of a variety of targets.  The main alternative would be binoculars.

 

For imaging a 100mm F6 refractor on a good mount.  Preferably (no budget was stated) one with an integrated flattener.  Again, simple, flexible.


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#11 kfiscus

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:31 AM

Customized solid tube Z12" on dedicated Atomic EQ Platform.

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#12 Neptune

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:46 AM

I guess it would be my CPC 11 Edge Deluxe.  Not great at anything but good at everything.  Best compromise of size and weight.  Only wish it was about an f8 instead of f10 to squeak out a little extra field of view.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 11:56 AM

Only....One....Telescope ??   I don't understand the question.   lol.gif


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:12 PM

Only....One....Telescope ??   I don't understand the question, that's Ridiculous rofl2.gif

 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:14 PM

12.5" New Moon dob with 80mm AstroTech EDT finder. A finder has to be allowed.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:26 PM

For me it would be my Tak FSQ-106N as I am concentrating on imaging. Haven't used an eyepiece in a long time.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:33 PM

An 8" SCT, preferably the EdgeHD.  One of the most versatile scopes going.  Big enough to show a lot visually but with the right mount, portable enough to carry around easily.  Can be used for astrophotography as well, and can be used with a Hyperstar for wide field.  Jack of all trades.

 

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:40 PM

The dual refractors I was born with, even though the optics are now astigmatic and cloudy.


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:02 PM

Questar 3.5


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#20 Starman47

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:07 PM

Two finders is the best way: Telrad, 9x50 RACI.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:23 PM

WO 132FLT on an Ioptron IEQ45 if just visual, CEM60 if any AP



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:17 PM

refractor. for astrophotography.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 04:32 PM

8" f/6 Discovery Dob. It's the best second choice for everything.

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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:02 PM

Easy choice, 16" dob. I'd probably be happy with the XT10i also. 


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:24 PM

"Excalibur" -- a refractor

 

      Why?

Easy to handle

Short (relatively)

unobstructed

high light transmission (2 air-glass surfaces -- with coatings)

high-contrast optics

better than 1/10 wave optics

capable of wide-field (>3-degree)

capable of high magnification (up through 500x)

true apochromatic performance

from my sky -- capable of showing anything/everything I've wanted to see

A flawless performer for more than 20 years -- ought to remain good for the rest of my days and nights




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