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Are you planning to purchase any new or used refractors this year?

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#26 HydrogenAlpha

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 06:27 AM

Probably not, but I can't be too sure since there's the whole year ahead and I may succumb :p

 

Although I would think my next scope would have mirrors of some sort, since all I own now are refractors. 



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 07:50 AM

If a brass tubed TV refractor shows up, yes.

If http://www.longperng...act=view&no=193 shows up, possibly.

Otherwise not. Bar any irrestible bargains.


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#28 ckwastro

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 07:56 AM

Something in the 130-150 range, but what exactly, remains to be seen.


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#29 Doug Culbertson

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 08:11 AM

If an FS-128 shows up at a bargain basement price and I’m quick enough, then probably so. Otherwise I’m good for now. 


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#30 John Miele

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 08:44 AM

I ordered one of these a few weeks ago. It is shipping soon and hopefully arriving next week...grin.gif

 

TS PHOTOLINE 130 mm f/7 Triplet APO - 3.7 inch RPA focuser - FPL-53


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:24 AM

I have been long considering the F5 meade 6000 70mm quadruplet for wide-field, fast imaging.  Should I get it? It would be my third refractor and my 5th telescope.   I know it would be great for imaging. and I just ordered a new 1600 ZWO mono camera.

Given Meade's current business situation, and that the scope below is the same price (but you get a soft case, guide rings, and more)...I'd suggest this instead:

 

https://williamoptic...ing-refractor-b



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 10:35 AM

Do you have any new or used refractors on your radar this year to purchase?

The only refractor that remotely grabs my attention is the Altair ASCENT 102mm F11ED Refractor. 

The long focal length with ED glass would become my double star refractor of choice. That's my justification for wanting one of these anyways.

I have other small, fully capable refractors for star splitting, but I just want one of these before the production of these stops. 

 

Anything I can mount on my Celestron Avx mount I consider a small telescope.

 

Once I pay off a few Christmas gifts, I should hopefully be ordering one soon.

 

...Ralph

 

I've been long considering selling off my 4 inch APO to trade up to a 6 inch ED, but given the size of the 6 inch I'm afraid I might be soon sorry.

 

The ASCENT looks great, it makes me think of an improved version of my Vixen 102M that I enjoy because of its light weight and quick cool down, but I just don't need another 4 inch refractor.

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 11:21 AM

I already ordered one.

I was not going to the first half of year but as i came on sale and was about 100 € less then normal prices i ordered anyhow

 

Sharpstar 61edph with FF/reducer  purely for imaging


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 11:40 AM

 Last year I bought in May a on sale Coronado 90 III DS  and in November a Amart Vixen 130ED SS.  I already had a single tilt etalon Lunt 60 and WO ZS110 triplet.  I'm standing pat this year. I've got to see if the smaller smaller scopes get enough use to justify keeping them. That said I think you should try out the Altair  102ED F11.  It doesn't break the bank that's for sure. David


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#35 Defenderslideguitar

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 02:34 PM

Oh my  I guess I am all set  I even learned to sell a few

 But  I do think about airline carry on friendly  travel scope   something like a W Optics  80mm with good glass



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 03:14 PM

No, bawling.gif my wife cut up my credit cards undecided.gif

Use one of hers!grin.gif


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#37 sg6

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 03:21 PM

No, bawling.gif my wife cut up my credit cards undecided.gif

She could have cut up worse bits.

 

As to the question: No plans but if a Megrez 72 just happened to come to my attention I dare say I could feel it needs a good home (as I am sure it would do) and so change plans.



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 04:44 PM

I think the new AT-80 would be a very nice upgrade for someone with an ST-80 or other similar size refractor. Small ED scopes are so affordable now and so good, I can see the small achromats basically starting to disappear off the market. 

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 04:48 PM

Have been considering a Williams Optics 126mm refractor.

Local dealer is checking availability.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 05:28 PM

I would guess no. Thought I was a mak guy, but think about it, I have three refractors now: the binoculars, the PST, and the Travel. Anyhow no collimating, suits me.



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Posted 03 January 2020 - 05:45 PM

Planning for an Astro Tech 102ED. Maybe this year.
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Posted 03 January 2020 - 06:13 PM

My wish-scope is a 150 Esprit. That is with a wish-mount however, which must come first.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 06:36 PM

Do you have any new or used refractors on your radar this year to purchase?

The only refractor that remotely grabs my attention is the Altair ASCENT 102mm F11ED Refractor. 

The long focal length with ED glass would become my double star refractor of choice. That's my justification for wanting one of these anyways.

I have other small, fully capable refractors for star splitting, but I just want one of these before the production of these stops. 

 

Anything I can mount on my Celestron Avx mount I consider a small telescope.

 

Once I pay off a few Christmas gifts, I should hopefully be ordering one soon.

 

...Ralph

I debated between the TS version of the 102ED F11 & AT102ED F7, and finally went with the AT, but both are so much scope for the money, I could've justified buying 1 of each.  Hate to admit it, but you may be right about time winding down on the F11 -- it's more niche within a niche...

 

As for buying in 2020, I have no plans to Add to my Collection.  I need to Subtract:  We have about 15 months left at The Swamp, then we're moving south to The Gulf, and probably into a much smaller house -- highly unlikely our next home will have a huge workshop for storing mounts.  The scopes that my family members won't take could wind up in the CN Classifieds.  However, I've been in this hobby long enough to know that I can't say "No Way!" some scope won't pop up that I just gotta have.  Or, I could get a wild hair, and sell my Dakin 4" F10, and replace it with one of the new ED F11 fracs...

 

You just never know.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 06:40 PM

Maybe a TS 102 f/7 ED to be the companion of the Telementor

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 07:02 PM

No, but then I wasn’t planning on getting one last year, either. 


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#46 Tyson M

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 07:54 PM

LoL!  I'm not planning on any new refractors, which really means I'll be getting something.  What, I have no clue, but that new refractor I did not plan on buying is out there waiting patiently for me to pull that trigger. 

 

I'll let you now what I got that I wasn't planning on getting...

 

CS

 

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SoooooOOOoo true lol.  I have to dial back the buying and selling though. 

 

I have tried a lot of scopes and enjoy a vast majority of them.   


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#47 The Luckster

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:22 PM

LoL!  I'm not planning on any new refractors, which really means I'll be getting something.  What, I have no clue, but that new refractor I did not plan on buying is out there waiting patiently for me to pull that trigger. 

 

I'll let you now what I got that I wasn't planning on getting...

 

CS

 

jason

Well, actually I am planning on receiving an AT72EDII either this month or next, when the shipment rolls in...I bought it back in August.

 

CS

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:29 PM

With a little luck, my name will come up on the AP Stowaway list.  But if not, I have other scopes.


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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:38 PM

Over the years I have had the pleasure to own and use various refractors ranging from 80mm to 175mm... as well as several large OTA’s (the largest being AG 17iDK).  Decided to jump back into the large refractor domain and ordered a CFF 200mm F/6.5 refractor - expecting delivery sometime in May.  Plan to mount the 200mm on my Paramount ME2, along with an SW Esprit 100mm and TMB 92mm refractor - will send pics when the CFF 200mm arrives - exciting times for 2020!

 

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Posted 03 January 2020 - 09:41 PM

Over the years I have had the pleasure to own and use various refractors ranging from 80mm to 175mm... as well as several large OTA’s (the largest being AG 17iDK).  Decided to jump back into the large refractor domain and ordered a CFF 200mm F/6.5 refractor - expecting delivery sometime in May.  Plan to mount the 200mm on my Paramount ME2, along with an SW Esprit 100mm and TMB 92mm refractor - will send pics when the CFF 200mm arrives - exciting times for 2020!

 

Best

jason

Going large I see!  Congrats, that should be a formidable scope!  Looking forward to seeing it.




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