With the Mars Opposition this year, and the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, I thought this would be a good time to stir up the excitement by asking what is your planet Killer scope this year, and post some cool photos of it.
I choose the refractor forum to post this since refractors seem to be the telescope of choice for "backyard" planetary observing. Sometimes, refractors are purchased to just enjoy the Moon and planets. While I don't agree that refractors are the best choice for planetary observing, they are easy to access and popular, and inch for inch, they put out the sharpest views compared to their reflector cousins.
For me, my planet killer has always been my largest scope, this should be my C11XLT. Having admitted this, in late 2018, I purchased a new APM 152ED refractor. 2019 was probably the worse year for planetary observing for most people, so I've only had one good night with excellent seeing conditions to confirm that the my new 6" refractor definitely qualifies as a formidable planet killer scope also.
I like refractors best. I like how they present the sky to us, and I like their slick looks also. I want my new 6" refractor to be my first choice whenever the skies are clear and the planets are out.
So for me, for 2020, I am calling my 152Ed my new Planet Killer.
Edited by aa6ww, 15 January 2020 - 02:21 PM.