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#51 doctordub

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Posted 13 January 2019 - 08:22 PM

fs152.JPG My Takahashi FS-152 NSV.


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#52 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 04:50 AM

That said, I would want to keep a big aperture if that's the case, so I would put a 12" reflector in my obs and call it a day, but, it would be EQ mounted on a pier. No dobsonian mess.

 

 

I am curious if you have ever owned a 12 inch GEM mounted Newtonian?   Even with rotating rings, they are pretty awkward.  

 

Edit:  I have but never again.  Dobs are just so much more comfortable and practical.  No messing around the way one does with a Newt on a GEM.

 

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 03:46 PM

Out of my present scopes, I would keep the EdgeHD800 if visual, and the APM115/805 if photographic.

 

As an "ideal" single scope, I'd probably want a TEC140FL. It would be something I'll probably be able to manage into my dotage. 



#54 Dagobert

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Posted 14 January 2019 - 04:45 PM

Zeiss APQ130.  It is a superb all-around instrument for visual, photography, and solar.



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Posted 15 January 2019 - 07:50 PM

About a 4" refractor, or 8 - 12" Cass. Can't really decide which.


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Posted 15 January 2019 - 09:06 PM

My MK91, I knew these existed, but never dreamt I'd find one - let alone own one - till the opportunity arose. Over several decades I've restored, built and sold quite a few scopes and this one is the keeper. The only scope I'd swap for is an AP 10" mak, but I'm too old to wait another 20 years for one.

 

I'm strictly a visual observer these days - mainly lunar & planetary - and this is about as big and heavy as I can safely manage for a portable scope for the next 10+ years.

 

Living in a big city a larger dob (and looking at DSO's) is pointless.


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#57 Starman47

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Posted 15 January 2019 - 09:10 PM

But the trip from Sydney to a dark sky area is not that hard. Blue Mountains etc



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Posted 16 January 2019 - 04:01 AM

Ah... family commitments make it difficult, throw in the moon and a bad year weather-wise... I only made the trip 2-3 times last year.


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#59 Simon B

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 04:23 AM

ST80

 

 

 

 

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Posted 16 January 2019 - 05:20 PM

Ah Simon... of the scopes listed in your sig, which is the one you actually use most when you go stargazing ?


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Posted 16 January 2019 - 05:40 PM

My Planewave. CCD Navigator has a 500+ object catalog of “popular” objects. I ran that entire catalog against the FOV of my 14” and there were only five objects that wouldn’t fit. It easily crosses the line between nebula and galaxy season. 



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Posted 16 January 2019 - 10:20 PM

Ah Simon... of the scopes listed in your sig, which is the one you actually use most when you go stargazing ?

 

Right now, none of them, too busy, too cloudy.... I was kidding about the ST80 grin.gif   if I was forced to live with just one scope, probably a 4 inch APO



#63 Sarkikos

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Posted 17 January 2019 - 07:41 AM

Probably my NP-101.  It's the one that cost me the most.

 

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Posted 18 January 2019 - 11:08 PM

I'd sell all my scopes and buy a Cessna 172.

If a hobby gets hard-****, there are other hobbies.
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Posted 19 January 2019 - 11:25 AM

it would be nice to be able use any telescope. I suspect the purchase of my 16” f/4.5 with premium optics is wrecking havoc on the weather patterns in this part of the world. fingertap.gif



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Posted 21 January 2019 - 07:56 PM

I find myself only doing EAA and astrophotography and so my eyepieces are collecting dust.  I find myself using my 90 mm refractor a majority of the time but I'm longing for a 5"-6" refractor.  Scott



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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:44 PM

a 4 inch refractor



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Posted 21 January 2019 - 10:43 PM

a 4 inch refractor

Or an 8" SCT, both are small enough to get out without much activation energy.  Plus the C8 has f/6.3 and f/3.3 focal reducers, and has enough light gathering capacity to keep me entertained.  Jack of all trades...

 

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