Ok folks, I'd like to pick your brains about small aperture APO scopes.
As my b-day is coming up this May I have been given the go-ahead to purchase a small, travel-sized APO.
I've checked out higher-end spotters from Zeiss, Swarovski, Leica, etc, but can't justify the high cost for a day scope with limited use for astro.
I'd like a scope that will do double-duty in both daytime spotting and astro use.
I am excited to finally be able to add some really nice glass to the stable.
Ya, it's apples to oranges here, but I know you folks have opinions on some of these, both good and bad. Not looking for any particular brand name or anything like that; looking for a real "keeper".
My candidates (so far):
William Optics APO’s (several)
Tele Vue TV76
Sky-Watcher Esprit 80 mm Triplet
Orion 80 mm ED F/6 CF Triplet
Meade 80 mm Series 6000 f/6
Stellarvue SVX 70T
In a nutshell:
True APO optics
Small physical size
Mostly visual use, no AP.
70mm to 80mm
Up to $2500
Prefer larger, 2.5" dual-speed focusers
Also interested in classic scopes that may meet these requirements.
You will be happy with any of the above scopes, except perhaps the Stellarvue 70. IMO, it is too small, the runt of the litter.
Edited by Tropobob, 04 February 2020 - 01:44 AM.