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Do you have a maximum pay-price for different apertures & optics?

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#51 Bomber Bob

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:59 PM

Interesting question.  Am sure will be different for everyone given each of our personal likes/dislikes.  For me, spending more that $1500 for any OTA is a major decision and have only done that twice in my observing life.  As a general rule I will commit more funds towards any refractive OTA than any Catadioptric OTA, and will commit more funds towards any Catadioptric OTA than I would towards any Newtonian.

At my age (58), $5K is my max, period -- and it would have to be a very special scope.  Spent $3K total on my APM 152ED -- youch!  But, it's been worth every penny for an old visual observer.


Like you, I'd put more $$$$ towards a refractor than any other design; but, I'd spend good money on a high quality Reflector (including Classical Cassegrain) before a CAT.  I got all of my reflectors at much -- Much! -- less than they are worth visually.  Absolute bargains.

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#52 CHASLX200



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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:14 PM

Don't buy at all.   




Buy a used, good condition, high quality scope for, say, $6000.   Keep it for two or three years then sell it for as close as possible to the used price you paid in the first place.  Hey, it's still a 'used' scope and optics don't wear out from normal use - it's not like putting miles on a car......... (Caveat: you have to be very careful to keep the scope in excellent condition...)  Maybe you'll get $5400 for it...   If you were to keep the scope for 3 years you will have rented the scope for $600 spread over 36 months..


$16.67 a month....


I've been doing this for years now and have owned, enjoyed and experienced a bewildering variety of top-notch telescopes (and one or two dogs...).   



That has been my motto since last Aug and i mean i stopped all buying and that includes speakers and A/V.  No toys of any kind and the money is building up fast.

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#53 Scott Beith

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Posted 24 January 2020 - 04:10 PM

I don't have a maximum price per aperture.  I have a minimum performance level per aperture.  Once a scope does exactly what I need it to do, I am settled with that observing tool and I figure out what else I need in my tool kit.  


I might save for years to get a scope, but I am done settling - never again.  If it doesn't meet my standards it is off my potential list and I keep saving for the next level up that will meet my standards.  I would rather wait a few extra years than settle at this point.


I am not rich, but I am willing to pinch penny.gif 's to get what I want eventually.

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