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Whats your Planet Killer telescope for 2020?

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#26 aa6ww

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 04:05 PM

I hope the Mak's make a strong showing in here. I've been very impressed and interested with Skywatchers 180 F/15 Mak cassagrain.
I've yet to read one bad report on their optics, once fully acclimated.

..Ralph




I will still use my dob, but I purchased a 127 Mak and binoviewer to use almost exclusively on planets this year.  So far, I've only used it once or twice on Venus in garbage seeing conditions, so the jury's out on whether it's a "planet-killer" or not.
 
While I await the planets, however, it is proving to be a great lunar scope. waytogo.gif


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 04:17 PM

Over the last 31 years from my PA location …

 

1. My best view of Saturn was with my C11 at 590x

2. My best view of Jupiter was with my 15” Obsession Dobsonian at 250x

3. My best view of Mars was with my Astro-Physics 152mm F9 triplet refractor at over 400x

 

I did not compare scopes on those nights, as I didn’t want to leave the eyepiece.

Planet position and seeing more than the telescope made the difference. Having said that, from my PA location, refractors seemingly handle the temperature drops and the seeing here consistently better than other designs and deliver satisfying views in some pretty mediocre conditions and with no or minimal fuss.

 

My Tak TSA 120 and Mewlon 210 will battle it out. I expect the results to mimic the above.

 

Bob


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#28 Tyson M

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:04 PM

I hope the Mak's make a strong showing in here. I've been very impressed and interested with Skywatchers 180 F/15 Mak cassagrain.
I've yet to read one bad report on their optics, once fully acclimated.

..Ralph



 

The skywatcher 180 mak is very good optically.  Especially wrapped in reflectix to tame the thermals.

 

Gets a bit hamstrung in poor to bad seeing though (as any large aperture scope would).  Tough to focus well at those times even at low power.


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#29 Mitrovarr

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:47 PM

Probably the Skywatcher 150ED I bought last year.
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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:51 PM

I have been using an 8" F7 Newtonian, with a 20mm quartz primary from Zambuto. This scope has knocked my socks off with how good the views are, even within a few minutes of starting.

 

I liked it so much that when I found Zambuto had a special on a 12.5" quartz, I jumped on it. I'm hoping that will be delivered by August or so. Setting up a good cell is likely to be a challenge, but will be worth it.


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#31 BKBrown

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:51 PM

These two below. In all honesty, the EdgeHD 11 will always outperform my TEC when properly collimated and acclimated...but I prefer the view in the 140, particularly with binoviewers smile.png

 

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Clear Skies,

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:06 PM

I'd be on the waiting list for a 120mm ED F-11, definitely!!

...Ralph

 

I have one, my TSA-120 with the ED1.5x extender. Perfect.

 

(Also FC100DL with Q1.6x extender = F14.)



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:21 PM

I’m with those that would rather save planets than kill them.

As for what I’ll be observing with? My 8” SCT. When properly cooled and collimated it provides me wonderful views!

Time to warm up (er... cool down?!) the Plössls! :)

Cheers!

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:21 PM

So for me, for 2020, I am calling my 152Ed my new Planet Killer.

 

Yep...

 

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Except -- on Work Nights -- it'll be either this one:

 

Meade 826 S05 (StarFinder Pedestal).jpg

 

Or, this one:

 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:23 PM

Mine, the Mewlon 250CRS (fortunately all those power lines are to my NNE and N, clear from the SE to the SW).

 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:04 PM

My planet killer is the same tried and true refractor that shows variable stars, double stars, and everything else I want to see - my trusty Tak FS-128.

 

The main thing I need is clear skies for all of these celestial "events".

 

Cheers,

 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:07 PM

My Z-12. First light when I got it as my first scope a few years back was Saturn. I’ve since moved to an area with much darker skies and have acquired some higher quality eyepieces. And to stay on topic as this is the refractor forum, I’ll spend at least equal time viewing with my new to me TV NP 127.



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:33 PM

Tough call...

 

In my observatory, ready to go and will likely compare this year for planets:

 

150mm F8.3 Frac masked to -> 120mm F10 Frac + Binoviewer (with 1.85x corrector and 12mm 60 degree FOVs)

C8 Edge HD + Binoviewer (with 2x barlow and 20mm 70 degree FOVs)

200mm F6 Quartz Newt + Binoviewer (with 1.85x corrector and 12mm 60 degree FOVs)

 

Very best,


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:39 PM

It will either be my TMB 175 or EdgeHD 14”.

Oh my what a set of options!  All the best, Scott


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:41 PM

Mars 2020

 

 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:53 PM

Since parting with my TEC MC200 F15.5 bawling.gif  I no longer have a "Planet Killer" so I am going to try to make do with my TMB-LZOS 152/1200 

I know it won't kill any planets but it might give them a nasty fright...

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:03 PM

With Big Jupe and Saturn so low, I'll probably stick with my old Jaegers 4" f/15.5. 

 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:07 PM

For planets sessions, I will have out, together, Takahashi FOA-60Q, FL 901mm @ f/15 and possibly with the QE-1.6X extender for FL 1441mm @ f/24 equivalent; and Takahashi FSQ-106ED with 1.6ED extender for 848mm @ f/8 equivalent.

 

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:08 PM

That's going to be my 8" f/16 with binoviewers......This year and many to come smile.gif

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:25 PM

Probably the Skywatcher 150ED I bought last year.

Same here!


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:25 PM

The best planetary views I have ever had were with my 16 inch Dobsonian under very steady skies at 6500 ft.

My C11 is a close second.

While I love my refractors steady skies and the resolution provided by decent quality aperture is what works.  


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:21 PM

I'm sticking with my Tak FC100DL, and as long as the planets remain relatively low on the horizon from my 45 north latitude, my ZWO ADC.
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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:43 PM

 If I could get it collimated  my Tetter STS 11" F5 Zambuto with SIPS tube newt would best my C9.25XLT, IM715D mak, Vixen 130ED SS , and WO ZS110 all great on planets. Given my ineptness at collimating newts odds on that  aren't great. I would think a revival of a 5" doublet would fit in better with Tak's lineup than a 120 doublet. The TSA 120's are nice and light the TOA 130's not so much.   I'm really enjoying the feather weight quality of my Vixen 130ED SS. David


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 09:52 PM

I have a choice:

 

- 12 inch F/5.3 dobsonian with .987 strehl primary

 

- 130mm F/9.2 LZOS triplet refractor

 

- ED120 F/7.5 refractor

 

- Tak FC-100 DL F/9 Fluorite refractor

 

If the planets are low in the sky, its easier to get the refractors onto them.

 

While Neptune and Uranus are small and surface detail is scant, they do have moons to look out for .....


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Posted 15 January 2020 - 10:14 PM

My Skywatcher Esprit 120ED will likely be my most used scopes on planets this season.   However, I’ve been considering a large, premium dob for some time.




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