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#576 caronb

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 11:09 AM

My smallest refractor is now a 120mm.  I discovered over the years that if I had time to go outside at all, I had time to wait for the larger scope to acclimate - and that was usually just a few minutes longer than the time needed for a smaller scope.

 

I have bought and sold dozens of sub-100mm scopes over the years.  I would buy them because I liked them, but rarely used them more than once or twice before moving back to my larger scopes.

 

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I have an 85mm refractor which I'm happy with but I keep reading about people with multiple refractors of all sizes and I wonder why.  What you said makes sense to me - other than a quick Go To, why have a small sub 100mm refractor when you already have 120mm or more?  Is this more of a collection thing rather than an astronomy thing?



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Posted 27 November 2019 - 01:25 PM

I have an 85mm refractor which I'm happy with but I keep reading about people with multiple refractors of all sizes and I wonder why. What you said makes sense to me - other than a quick Go To, why have a small sub 100mm refractor when you already have 120mm or more? Is this more of a collection thing rather than an astronomy thing?


I think it just sort of “happens”. I first bought an 80 mm. Wasn’t enough aperture to show me the things I wanted to see. Sold it for for a 4”. That wasn’t quite enough, either. Sold that for a 127 mm. Problem with that scope was terrible optics. Really bad cell design in particular. Ended up giving that one away for free to a school. Bought a 110 mm that was the first scope I owned that felt “just right”. Kept that one for several years. Eventually sold it when I happened across a 152 mm that I thought would be just amazing. It was just amazing. It was also big and heavy. I decided to supplement it with an 80 mm. The two together were a great combination. This was the first time I had two refractors at once. The 80 mm had a LOMO lens that was just fantastic. So was the LZOS in the 152. Then I saw some astrophotography taken with a 60 mm TeleVue and had to have that, so I bought it. That put me at three refractors. I was finally stable for a year or two.

After a while, I realized I just wasn’t taking the 152 out any more. It was just a little too much work. I found myself looking for excuses to NOT use it rather than the other way around. I sold it and downsized to a 130 instead. Just enough smaller that I used it a fair amount. But there was still a hole in my telescope lineup... Nothing between the 80 mm that I used for quick looks and the 130 mm. I wanted something with a bit more oomph than the 80 that would be quicker to carry around and setup than the 130. I added a 105 mm on an extremely small, light equatorial mount. That’s where I stand now. 60 mm TeleVue doublet for wide field imaging. 80 mm LOMO triplet for spotting scope duties and airline travel. 105 mm A-P triplet for docent work at my local observatory and most of my back yard observing and for travel to interesting astronomical destinations, and 130 mm A-P triplet that’s used mostly for more serious imaging at moderate focal lengths. I no longer lust after more aperture in a refractor. How did it happen? Gradually over twenty years.
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Posted 27 November 2019 - 07:31 PM

I have an 85mm refractor which I'm happy with but I keep reading about people with multiple refractors of all sizes and I wonder why.  What you said makes sense to me - other than a quick Go To, why have a small sub 100mm refractor when you already have 120mm or more?  Is this more of a collection thing rather than an astronomy thing?

Its a travel thing for me.



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Posted 27 November 2019 - 08:12 PM

I have an 85mm refractor which I'm happy with but I keep reading about people with multiple refractors of all sizes and I wonder why.  What you said makes sense to me - other than a quick Go To, why have a small sub 100mm refractor when you already have 120mm or more?  Is this more of a collection thing rather than an astronomy thing?

I have the 120mm and the 72mm. The 120 is for visual and the 72 provides a wider field for casual AP using a NexImage 10 camera.

If I were to purchase another refractor, it would be to move into the six inch or larger arena in which case I'd keep the 120 long enough to establish whether the larger scope was a keeper or not.


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 04:00 PM

My compact travel setup with a Meade 277 60mm (Mizar, Japan, c. 1985)

 

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Edited by SpaceNetworks, 28 November 2019 - 04:44 PM.

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 04:20 PM

My compact travel setup with a Meade 277 60mm (Mizar, Japan, c. 1985)

 

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That DSVM looks like it has more knobs that the one I had.  Is that a new one?



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Posted 28 November 2019 - 04:54 PM

That DSVM looks like it has more knobs that the one I had.  Is that a new one?

It’s an older one-off I think with slo-motion controls.


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Posted 28 November 2019 - 04:54 PM

This is one of two I can find of my refractor, a Stellarvue SVQ100 (at the end of an imaging session).

 

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 11:26 AM

50mm apo with a 40mm ep. The field of view is a bigger number than the magnification 😂

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Posted 02 December 2019 - 05:39 PM

I have an 85mm refractor which I'm happy with but I keep reading about people with multiple refractors of all sizes and I wonder why. What you said makes sense to me - other than a quick Go To, why have a small sub 100mm refractor when you already have 120mm or more? Is this more of a collection thing rather than an astronomy thing?

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i use the 80mm for birding and travel
also a better scope to use with my 12 inch dob
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Posted 02 December 2019 - 05:39 PM

I have an 85mm refractor which I'm happy with but I keep reading about people with multiple refractors of all sizes and I wonder why. What you said makes sense to me - other than a quick Go To, why have a small sub 100mm refractor when you already have 120mm or more? Is this more of a collection thing rather than an astronomy thing?

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i use the 80mm for birding and travel
also a better scope to use with my 12 inch dob

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Posted 03 December 2019 - 11:45 PM

My TeleVue NP101is. Love this scope. Usually rides a Celestron CGX.

 

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This was the last image it took.

 

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Posted 04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM

It’s an older one-off I think with slo-motion controls.

You can still ask Raul to make you a slo-mo version I believe!


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Posted 04 December 2019 - 02:39 PM

FL-70S on a Super Polaris Mount in ALT/ AZ configuration. I don’t need a counterweight when using this setup in alt/az mode. it’s a very lightweight tube. 

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Posted Yesterday, 08:19 AM

Recently acquired the mount that would have originally come with this OTA.  It even came with drive motors, just haven't installed them yet.

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