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#1 Ballyhoo

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 04:58 PM

I just sold my SW 100 Pro-ed and I have sellers remorse already. I am using the money to buy a guide camera and pay off credit card i used for other astronomy purchases.  Now I only have two refractors, and of course I have my SCT and dob so I do not think I have a shortage to telescopes, but i love my refractors the most. Here is the thing,  for those of us that aquire more telescopes, do you think we do it, because we collect the things we love, like some people collect coins, or firearms?

Or, if you have collected a few refractors, do you really use the them all?   Since i have a premium 85 mm triplet, I had a real hard time justifying the SW 100, for example. Could any of you justify having two scopes so close together in aperture?   I suppose the upside of selling my SW is that later on I can justify getting something else. Though I think my next scope would be a 6" ED achromat, -- like the new and popular SW 150,


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:12 PM

I have five refractors, all of them smaller and enjoy each of them for what they can show me.  I have no plans to get any more or go larger than my 4" F9 apo.


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:20 PM

I have five refractors, all of them smaller and enjoy each of them for what they can show me.  I have no plans to get any more or go larger than my 4" F9 apo.

you have your refractors clustered around the similar aperture. Why is that?  does your 72 do anything diff than the 80?


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:21 PM

At one point I had three refractors, 100,102,120.  Had a hate relationship with the 120 and never used it. Bought an ED then the achro didn’t get used, but only because I only have one mount. So I sold the the other two. Space is a premium for me so that was the biggest decider whether to keep the other 4” or not.


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:23 PM

I have about 30 from 60mm to 220mm aperture including 6- 6" models. Not sure why, I just like telescopes.
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:33 PM

I have about 30 from 60mm to 220mm aperture including 6- 6" models. Not sure why, I just like telescopes.

I think that must be a record of some sort. 


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:47 PM

Just two 90mm scopes. Sometimes i have 5 or 6.


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:53 PM

I can not get rid of my 100/1000 achromat because it is incredibly lucky...


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 05:54 PM

Two refractors and two cats, although the second refractor was just ordered... the rest have been going up and down the basement stairs for 15+ years. I can live without an observatory, but geez it would be nice to be able to store them at ground level.

 

- Stellarvue 80mm achro (AT1010, I think)

- Astro-tech AT72EDII just ordered

- Celestron C8 OTA with fastar lens (so yes, that's three telescopes in the 400-500mm FL range and the fastar lens makes it more refractor-y)

- Meade ETX90 with plastic fork mount

 

At some point I would like to add a 4-5" refractor, but only after I convince myself that I'm going to spend enough time outside to justify it.

 

Arguably the ETX doesn't count because I use it as a spotting scope these days (in addition to not being a refractor)... but then maybe I should count the 55mm and 200mm Pentax screw mount lenses I use for imaging and e-findering as refractors too smile.gif

 

Do my binoculars count as two refractors ?


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:04 PM

Ive owned some superb refractors over the years, the largest being a Takahashi FS152, but ive only ever owned one at a time. Im the sort of person who struggles to give an answer to my wife, when she asks, "tea or coffee"? So deciding between refractors would just cause a melt down!

My current scope is a FC100DC and I'm loving it!  The beauty, or advantage, of having only one scope is that you'll really use it. Ive seen amazing things through this 100mm refractor that many would deem impossible. Yet, despite its relatively small aperture, spending time with each object, studying it at length, proves the power of the scope. If I'd had a choice of scope, I may very likely have gone for the bigger scope in the belief that the smaller scope is less capable. I've found my 100mm refractor is much more capable than I'd imagined because I have to use it to its full. And I love it so much that I have no longing for another scope! 


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:04 PM

I currently have 8 as I suffer from a condition called Hypo-Refractor-Apo-Acho-ism.

It is curable but takes time.


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:08 PM

The 70mm for quick looks, travel, and a second scope when friends and family come out with me.

 

The 103mm for everything else.

 

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:11 PM

I have 6 refractors:

 

Tasco 60mm F/13 achro - my 1st scope from the 1960's.

Tele Vue Ranger 70mm ED - my travel / ultra-grab-and-go scope.

Vixen ED102SS - F/6.5 so capable of wide views as well as 200x plus. I've owned this one for more than a decade now.

Tak FC-100DL - last of the 1st run that was available in the UK. Superb views, zero CA and very quick cool down.

Skywatcher ED120 - an older gold / cream livery one. Excellent scope and competes well. Owned for at least 7 years.

TMB/LZOS 130mm F/9.2 triplet - As large as I'm comfortable with. Superb optics in every way.

 

I do wonder from time to time about letting one or two of these go but I don't think it would be easy to decide which could go ?


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:19 PM

I currently have 8.... They just seem to multiply.

 

80mm ED for quick looks in the backyard

80mm Carton F-13 I never use it. But it's sharp.

102mm Stellarvue Access, my latest scope, it's a small 4 incher and my 80mm ED just does not have enough umph for me 

105 Antares F-6.3 my buddy assembled it when he worked at Sky Instruments and I got it for peanuts

110mm ED Orion Premium, it has a great optical figure and goes a little deeper than a 102. It's my default refractor.

130mm TMB triplet. Top notch optical figure, Awesome views of the planets and the best view of M31 and other large objects. 

152mm Antares F-6.5,  great for low to mid power views, and when I want to take out more aperture. Got it for a great price as with my other Antares refractor.

152mm D&G F-12... What can I say, There is nothing like swinging around a big classic refractor. Excellent optical figure, and it draws a crowd.

 

Don't even ask how many I have owned over the past 30 years....


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:31 PM

I have exactly as many as I want...no more and no less.  Why?  Just because. :grin:


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:32 PM

I currently have 8 as I suffer from a condition called Hypo-Refractor-Apo-Acho-ism.

It i curable but takes time.

Mike don't forget to let me know when you've had enough hauling around that 7 inch Meade....smile.gif



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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:37 PM

I have 4 refractors…

 

1. A Takahashi TSA 120 triplet apo. This is my reasonably portable do everything (from high power lunar/planetary to deep sky viewing with an image intensifier) scope, and do it with classy glass.

 

2. A Celestron 102mm F5 achromat. This is my deep sky, low power, and wide field scope. These days it is used with an NVD Micro Image intensifier for unbelievable sweeping views of nebula and clusters, etc.

 

3. A Celestron 102mm F9.8 achromat. This scope was purchased for $59 new and is used for my astro club’s public star parties and for solar viewing with a white light solar wedge.

 

4. A Lunt 100mm SS solar scope. The Lunt 100 is used strictly for viewing solar prominences and disk features.

 

Each scope serves a purpose with no real overlap.

 

Bob


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:54 PM

I have a Stellarvue 80mm Access inbound just bought from Stellarvue. 

 

I have an older 80mm 1010 Stellarvue Refractor that is built like a tank.

 

I have an AT 72ED refractor that has been my workhorse refractor.  

 

I have an Orion ST80 that does nicely and is lightweight.

 

It's not that any of these will do anything special over the others, but for me, there are subtle differences.  Will I sell any off? Now that I will have a Stellarvue APO refractor, I "may" sell off the older Stellarvue.

 

In addition to these, I have a C8.  I use the C8 currently primarily for our star parties ( when the wind isn't blowing).  I'll use the others when we do have wind.  

 

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Posted 09 March 2019 - 06:57 PM

One. I like it very much and it satisfies my needs quite well.


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:07 PM

I have the two that you see listed in my signature.  I like then both.  The 18mm of extra aperture is obvious and beneficial with the 120ED, but even so, I can't see myself ever selling the FS102.  There's just something about the Tak.   :^) 


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:10 PM

One currently and one on the way, one for quick wide field views, the one coming for planets and moon mostly given my location. Have had many scopes over the years usually only one though, first time I'll have two. Three others have been refractors, 1 newt and 2 MakCass.



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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:28 PM

I have 2. I also sold my skywatcher Ed100. Had remorse and purchased an Orion Ed100. I had a 120 achro, then gave it to my dad and missed that extra 20mm of glass, and since punk35 had a hate relationship with his, I decided to do my best with it. Thanks Punk35.
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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:48 PM

All three of my scopes are refractors.

 

SV85S on a Stellarvue M1 alt/az - travel / grab and go

SV102V on a CG-5 ASGT - general observing

TMB 130SS on a CGEM - when I have time for serious observing

 

Looking to add a Coronado Solarmax III DS H-Alpha setup to the mix.


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 07:54 PM

I think I have three refractors at the moment.   a vintage Celestron/Vixen C80-SP, a 50mm Gallileoscope kit (from the very first batch), and a Orion ST80, which is really a piece of junk.    but thats not counting an older Swarovski spotting scope which isnt' very good for astronomy, or a 100mm f/6 binocular telescope

 

I mostly use my big dob.



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Posted 09 March 2019 - 08:11 PM

I only have two atm but will definitely get more.




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