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#1 terraclarke

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:22 PM

If you could just pick two out of your your current and past list of telescopes, ANY TWO, but you had to live with them and no others for the rest of your life, which two would you choose?

 

For me, it would be my 1985 Questar Standard with Broadband coatings on its eq. wedge and tripod,

AND

my late 90s Televue Genesis SDF 101mm F5.4 apo on its Gibralter mount and ashwood tripod.

 

And I would be one happy camper from now on with, for me, all the bases covered.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:46 PM

C8 and C11


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:55 PM

Tak TSA 120

Portaball 8” f/6, Zambuto quartz mirror

 

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 02:56 PM

Good question Terra.     For me it would for sure be my 8-inch Cave.    As far as the other one is concerned that is where I would run into trouble deciding.    Suggestions?question.gif


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 03:14 PM

My Televue Genesis and my 8inch f/6 Dob. Those two really cover a wide spectrum of observing and  are easy to transport.

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 03:19 PM

TV-85 (which I have) and NP-101 (which I don't yet have, but hope to get next year).


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 03:28 PM

If I could just pick two (of the scopes I have).

 

My AT130EDT and my Sears 6339a.

 

My AT130 EDT and my 60mm Manon.

 

My 6" f/10 and my Sears 6339a.

 

My 6" f/10 and my Tasco 10TE-5.

 

My AT130EDT and my 6" f/10.

 

I can't get it down to just two!

 

This is tough.  I like the Sears and the Tasco a lot.  It's a toss up between them, both I have to put either one on my CG5 mount.  Ok, ok, the 6" f/10 is great, and it's homemade mount works great too, but the mount is not G&G.  The Manon is perfect for G&G, but I have it on a Tasco 7TE-2 mount. 

Dang, forgot about the 7TE!  It's also a great G&G.

I can't obviously decide.


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#8 Chriss

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 04:30 PM

My Takahashi FSQ-106n and my astro buddy's Planewave CDK 20" though a 24" Dobsonian might come in higher if I lived full time, under better skies.

 

I suppose though since it's only scopes we have owned personally, it would have to be #2 - my Celestron C-11.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 04:52 PM

Since we're stipulating it would be for the rest of my life, I could actually narrow it down to just one: my beloved AP Traveler. I'm fortunate to have some very nice equipment, but none easier to live with and love so much. A fixed mounting in an observatory could perhaps affect my choice, but I suspect my dear (and otherwise very accommodating) wife does not want a sliding roof on the "she-shed"!    chair.gif


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 04:59 PM

Good question Terra.     For me it would for sure be my 8-inch Cave.    As far as the other one is concerned that is where I would run into trouble deciding.    Suggestions?question.gif

A good, smallish, portable refractor of course! ;)


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:09 PM

My Questar 3.5 would be one. The other would be my old C-9.25 that I sold about 5 years ago.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:17 PM

  • My home-made 17.5" Newt (Coulter primary verified diffraction-limited)
  • My 6" f/5 Jaegers doublet refractor

 

The big Newt can also be masked to yield a 6" f/13 unobstructed reflector, for when the seeing won't support 17 inches.    Better than APO performance.

 

But I agree that two isn't quite enough, and I'm also taking a couple of binos as a gimme.  ;)


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:23 PM

Swift 831 and Nippon Kogaku 50mm.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:29 PM

You folks know there is stuff up there besides double stars, the moon, and a few planets, right?  ;)


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:32 PM

12.5 inch f/6.2 Byers driven Newtonian
Edmund 4 inch f/15 refractor on Tal 2M mount
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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:56 PM

I just can't think of what i would keep out so many great scopes i had. Maybe the FS102 and a Zambuto Starmaster i have had in the past. I had many sizes so hard to say. Maybe that one 14.5" Starmaster would be my 2nd pick.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 05:56 PM

That's easy my Edmund Scientific 4 inch f/15 equatorial refractor and my

Star-Liner 12.5 inch f/5 equatorial Newtonian.

 

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Posted 11 October 2019 - 06:11 PM

I'd keep my 10" SCT (Meade 2120 LX6 Premier) and my 4" APO (Explore Scientific ED-102).  I have the "little brothers" of both - a 8" SCT (Meade 2080) and a 70mm achromat (SkyWatcher 705) which are both keeping me plenty happy - so happy that I'm not going out to replace them anytime soon.

 

My youngest son (16 yrs old) just saw Neptune for the first time ever in the 70mm - he loved it! smile.gif


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 06:18 PM

Great question 

   hard to narrow it to two        cant we have three please?

   And I need more experience to decide but

 

I guess I would want to have two scopes that excelled at  different things

and do we factor ease of use? We are not stuck on an island with just two scopes right?

 

Vixen 80 fluorite

 TV NP101 on the easy peasy Gibralter


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 06:22 PM

This one here, and that big one over there under the tarp.


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Posted 11 October 2019 - 10:09 PM

My 3" and 4" Taks!!


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Posted 12 October 2019 - 06:42 AM

Definitely my Antares 120/8..... and one of my other four, but not sure which.


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Posted 12 October 2019 - 06:53 AM

For me it would be our vintage Questar standard, and Telementor 2, which we have most all of the accessories for. I would choose these because of the ease of setup and use in the twilight years ahead.
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Posted 12 October 2019 - 07:34 AM

Now:

Starmaster 20in f/4.3 with Skycommander/Goto and Zambuto primary + my Unitron 5in model 530 refractor

 

......

 

In 15yrs years when I can no longer handle the "Big" instruments:

Tectron 15in f/5 with Skycommander/push-to and Normand Fullum primary + my 100mm ED refractor. 

 

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Posted 12 October 2019 - 09:46 AM

Terra, I would say, my current Towa catadioptric 80/800 and Vixen Halley 70, considered as my two children! smile.png


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