Hi refractor forum,
I will have a moderated tax return (ca 700 usd) soon and i have been thinking to get a new refractor. I currently own a Zeiss Telementor 63/840 and a Skywatcher 102 f/5 for wide field. Both stationary and not suitable for my travels.
I enjoy both telescopes, and I have the option to choose between a compact travel refractor or to get a better quality 102 mm f/7 ED. I have no plans to go beyond 4 inches due to transportability
Originally, for travels, I had a 90 mm mak but i realized that I am a wide field observer. I own several binoculars, but for a trip i need more than the 15x.
I have been thinking in a 70 -72 mm small ED refractor that i can match with my Baader Zoom and an ES 24 68 eyepiece. I am strictly visual and I would combine it with an compact alt az mount and my photo tripod to be used also as spotter.
My dilemma is if 70-72 is very close to the Telementor and also close to the 15x70 binos, but in mobility it wins. I had previously a compact 80 mm f/6 achro but it was all metal and heavy. views were not precisely remarkable, but I really enjoy the 15x70 performance , so i guess a decent 70 ED should do a similar work......
How has been your experience with those small 70 mm ED scopes during trips? how far have you pushed them to get decent views?
Thanks for your kind advices!