I bought a TV NP 127 in November, and a Stellarvue SV 80 Access in December. I think I’m set for awhile.
Are you planning to purchase any new or used refractors this year?
Posted 03 January 2020 - 11:45 PM
I just purchased a Stellarvue SV60EDS from a fellow CN member!
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Posted 04 January 2020 - 01:02 AM
Yea that Ascent looked great. One CN member here likes it just as good as his Tak 100DF apparently, which he listed on the classifieds here. That is telling.
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.
The SW100ED also comes in very close to the price with the recent sales. Great scopes at even better prices
Edited by Tyson M, 04 January 2020 - 01:09 AM.
Posted 04 January 2020 - 01:31 AM
I ordered one of these a few weeks ago. It is shipping soon and hopefully arriving next week...
TS PHOTOLINE 130 mm f/7 Triplet APO - 3.7 inch RPA focuser - FPL-53
I am planning on adding something to compliment my William GTF81. This certainly looks interesting.
I have also been eyeing the Skywatcher Esprit 120.
Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:18 AM
Posted 04 January 2020 - 02:53 AM
Probably not in 2020. Just got my FSQ-106 in December and planning to spend on astrophoto rig (camera, filters, etc.).
Posted 04 January 2020 - 10:43 AM
I am hoping my name comes up on the AP Stowaway list, but if not, maybe a triplet in the 90-100mm f/7 range.
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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:39 PM
Nothing new for me, matter of fact, for the first time I can't think of a Refractor I want, but don't have or have already had.
Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:40 PM
Much more likely to go the other way. I already know I don’t want a refractor larger than 130mm since that seems to be my “breaking point” for an easily transportable scope. Larger refractors (not counting permanent setups) simply get used less in my experience. Too much effort for an hour or two of observing. So that means I have scopes that are sensibly perfect in the 60mm, 80mm, 100mm, and 130mm classes. The 80mm, good as it is, really doesn’t get much use any more since it shares a mount with the 100mm and both will fit in carry on luggage. Maybe this is a good year to downsize a bit? I know my wife would appreciate it. So would the kids’ college fund.
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Posted 04 January 2020 - 12:56 PM
Probably not this year, but I'm having some much fun with my 130mm, that I'm itching to try a 6". Maybe 2021
Posted 04 January 2020 - 03:41 PM
I have been looking at the 6 inch ED refractors for a few years now, but I'd really have to sell a scope or two to justify it and I really don't want to do that. I have two kids in college, and there are a few upgrades to the house my wife would like, and my car should also probably be replaced as it's starting to cost me in repairs.
What I really need is more clear warm nights that I'm able to get to a dark sky to enjoy all of the great scopes that I already own.
Between work and bad weather 2019 was not a great observing year for me.
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Posted 04 January 2020 - 04:07 PM
I don't plan to buy anything new in 2020, as I blew the budget on refractor purchases in 2019. But this isn't purely a financial decision, as the reality is that I already have everything that I could ever wish for. I finally feel that I have just the right setup, and neither want any more nor any less.
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Posted 04 January 2020 - 06:13 PM
I am really happy with my line up, only thing I want it a 140mm+ sized apo but not sure if that will come this year or have to wait a bit longer.
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Posted 04 January 2020 - 07:13 PM
Posted 04 January 2020 - 07:54 PM
I plan to purchase either a Tak 76 or a SW 80 pro, possibly a AT102 but not sure yet.
Posted 04 January 2020 - 11:55 PM
Like I had said earlier, I'm not planning on getting a new (or used) refractor in 2020, but my sneaky eyes are on the lookout for a local Sky Watcher or Celestron 150 f/5 needing a new home...
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Posted 05 January 2020 - 01:57 AM
Something light like Tak 120N, TV 127 or if Tak ever releases another 125 . Vixen 115s was impressive, but need 120+ to step up from excellent 4" scopes.
Posted 05 January 2020 - 01:58 AM
I'm more likely to sell a few this year. All of my neighbors decided to add more outdoor lights and made it almost unbearable to star gaze at home anymore.
Posted 05 January 2020 - 02:42 AM
I'm on the list for a Stowaway .. but I've just moved to a place where I can have an observatory in the garden and drive my big scopes to 22m skies. It seems there's no need for a baby-travel-scope.
.. that doesn't stop my plans to build something odd.
Posted 05 January 2020 - 09:43 AM
I have no immediate plans to buy or sell anything. I spent most of last year downsizing my collection (both in aperture and number) to reflect the reality of my current situation. But that still doesn't account for any impulse buys I might make if I see a particular scope I want.
What I really want this year is better health and better weather!
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Posted 05 January 2020 - 11:00 PM
Waiting for an Agema SD120, then the Skywatcher will go.
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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:07 AM
Refractor bug bit me bad in 2019… I picked up a TEC 140 and FLT-110 with the TEC lens to compliment my SV80S LOMO and Meade 178ED. Honestly at this point I'm kind of in refractor nirvana. Who knows how long that will last... LOL
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