Hi! I want to get started with DSO AP and want to get a small scope (~80mm aperture and ~400mm total length). It would be nice to be able to take in on a plane in a backpack, and also to use it as a ultra long camera lens for terrestrial viewing (eg birds and far distant objects).
I have a very limited experience with telescopes in general, I got a 8" SCT a month ago. I'm at a very beginner level and have never seen a refractor.
Because I'm very new to this hobby, I'm not ready to spend a lot of money on it. I expect to fit under $950 including 0.8 FR.
After doing some research, I limited my search to just 3 options (though other options welcome):
- FCD1 Explore Scientific ED80: on sale for $584, with a FR will be $709. Has a cheaper FCD1 glass that I'm very concerned will upset me and deliver bad photos. And I read that crayford focuser is worse than rack and pinion.
- FCD100 Explore Scientific ED80: on sale for $809, with FR $929. Has a very good FCD100 glass
- William Optics GT7: FR package for $928.00. Has a very good FPL53 glass, though smaller FL (which may be bad?)
I cut off some other options like Orion and Meade, because they didn't make the budget, and $950 is really as big stretch as I ready to do to get started.
I also looked at classifieds, but didn't find anything nice at this time unfortunately.
Please advice me which will be a good choice, and I also wanted to know how big of a difference will be between FCD1 and the other two, because if it's manageable (and won't require spending many additional hours in photoshop fixing CA), I would really prefer to save and spend more on an EQ mount!
Edited by orionbay, 23 January 2019 - 09:45 PM.