Hi Folks, Well I'm still trying to make a decision on a new imaging scope. I've decided on the mount... G11G2HD. I thought I had decided on the scope too but a PM communication regarding SV glass made me want to rehash the decision a bit more. I had decided initially on a SVX125D but then talked my self into going for broke (the piggy bank, that is) and going for the SVX 130T Premier instead. Now I'm questioning myself about the extra cash and thought I'd throw a couple more options on the table. This is mostly price justification but also some questions regarding SV's seeming lack of info on glass used on the SVX 130T. Ultimately the proof is in the pudding or optics performance in this case but the webpage simply states it as "combination of extra low dispersion and Lanthanum elements" not completely clear on what extra low dispersion entails. That said, I tend to trust SV's scopes as I have a small SV70T-IS2 Imager and am very happy with the optics. But money is money!! Even though I live in San Francisco I'm an old resident (circa 1966) not a new spangled "money is no object tech guy".
So here are my preferences in terms priority (which also happens to line up with price) at the moment,
1. SVX 130T Premier - ~$5000 - w/3.5" focuser
2. WO 2018 Fluorostar 132 - 5" f/7 Triplet APO - ~$3600 - w/3" focuser
3. Orion EON 130 Triplet APO - ~$2400 - w/3" Crayford focuser
As I've indicated, I have some experience with the SV via the 70mm I own. I've heard great things about the WO scopes in general, and I've also heard good things about the cheaper Orion EON.
My present situation is that I'm still on an AP learning curve so realistically for the next several months (possibly year) I'm just getting the mount and honing my AP skills with the SV70 I already own. But at some point 6-12 months I'll shoot for one of these scopes above. Of course if I wait a year there maybe be more, better, and possibly cheaper options....
So to beat an almost dead horse to death any more pearls of wisdom/experience? Is my "new" worry about the ambiguity of SV's glass warranted Does saving $1400 on a WO (to spend it on a decent cooled camera later maybe) justify it or am I just trying to justify a lower price scope? More generally how do SVX and WO FL refractors compare?
BTW, I've read the CN thread where the poster tried to get a comparison between the SV and WO scopes above. I came away from that thinking that SV outsources their Access series but actually polishes and tests lenses on their more expensive line (like the SVX?). Any ideas here?
Thanks again for any help, Mike