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#51 bbqediguana

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 02:42 PM

Had two used Rangers, sold to finance Prontos, three of those over the years, all bought used ,the best of the bunch optics wise was an early pronto, air spaced objective but non compression ring focuser, all sold  to finance other stuff, when I look at the price of TV scopes now here in Canada  with the lousy exchange rate and 13% tax I kick myself for not keeping one, deep deep regrets,bawling.gif  Dave.

If I had been smart, I would have tried to buy one of those Prontos from you so you could at least visit with it from time to time! LOL!

 

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#52 KerryR

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 04:16 PM

Had two used Rangers, sold to finance Prontos, three of those over the years, all bought used ,the best of the bunch optics wise was an early pronto, air spaced objective but non compression ring focuser, all sold  to finance other stuff, when I look at the price of TV scopes now here in Canada  with the lousy exchange rate and 13% tax I kick myself for not keeping one, deep deep regrets,bawling.gif  Dave.

I like the Ranger-- it's weight is much more aligned with it's aperture than is the Pronto, which makes it considerably easier to rock-solid mount on light tripods (like the Telepod tripod), and I don't tend to use 2" ep's with my one-trip-out-the-door-with-everything setups anyway.  I sort of wish I'd gone with a Ranger back when I bought the Pronto for that reason. That said, I can't really imagine getting rid of my Pronto... unless I replaced it with a TV76...



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Posted 19 January 2020 - 06:39 PM

If only TV did a Ranger using 76 optics, that would be a wonderful travel scope!



#54 alnitak22

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 07:20 PM

If only TV did a Ranger using 76 optics, that would be a wonderful travel scope!

That would be a TV60. But I have a Ranger and TV85. Yes, the 85 has better optics but it’s not like the Ranger is a dog. Such mountains out of molehills IMO. The Ranger is a great travel scope. It shows color on the moon around 100x...but it also shows the central crater in Plato and sometimes another. Detail along the Terminator is stunning. In Clavius as well. It easily shows the GRS on Jupiter and detail in the GRS hollow. Shadow transits are easy and I’ve followed Ganymede in transit over a good bit of the surface. The Cassini Division on Saturn is easy.  C Ring shows up around 100-120x.  Shadow of the globe on the rings also easy. Double double well split at 80x. Rigel at 60x. M45 in 24 Pan is stunning. 4 components of Sigma Orionius easy at 60x. Open clusters and southern Milky Way from a dark sky are amazing. Obsessing about perfect optics is a night wasted of actually observing. The way the light pollution is going ...we don’t have a lot of nights left.


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