I’ve in the hobby since the mid 1960s. I’ve had a few scopes along the way of most types and can say I’ve enjoyed them all.
Next month, March 16th, I will turn 70 (for those who wish to mark their calendar). I consider that a milestone anniversary. So I decided to buy myself a present... a pre-owned, AT-102ED which will arrive Monday!
From all I’ve read about the scope it is an excellent choice for me. It’s not high end, not an Astro Physics scope or a Takahashi or TeleVue, etc., but certainly a very good quality instrument that I will thoroughly enjoy. I’m very excited about getting it.
Something I keep rediscovering about telescopes is that one of their most important characteristics is ease of use. Considering my age, interests, the limitations of my location and other factors, the AT-102ED will fit that requirement ideally.
As an example of what I’m talking about, in 1970 I bought a brand new Celestron 8. I added the wedge and standard tripod. Recently I made a trade and ended up with the exact same set-up, though the recent model is from 1981. But still the same Orange tube, twin fork scope.
When I observe I have to move the scope around to see different objects, dodging neighbor’s spotlights, trees and houses obscuring the view. I ask the question... Why is the C-8 set-up I have now, at nearly 70 years old, so much heavier and difficult to carry than the almost exact set-up I had at age 20?
I’m keeping the C-8 and other scopes since they will be used and eventually be given to my boys and my grandchildren. But for most of my excursions out under the New Jersey Bortel 8, jet stream ruffled skies, the 102mm, F/7 scope with the James Bond Astin Martin Gray trim will get the nod.
Edited by Joe1950, 22 February 2020 - 03:05 PM.