Newbie here! Well, almost a newbie - planning for what scope to get to start imaging. I am doing my homework and have some experience with visual but want a refractor since I would like to have no to minimal maintenance. I want the carbon since I I read that I will have less focusing issues during the night so I am in for that.
I think I am going for the:
Explore Scientific Apochromatic refractor AP 102/714 ED FCD-100 CF Hexafoc OTA
but I also know that the wider the FOV the easier it will be so I am also considering the:
Orion Apochromatic refractor AP 80/480 ED Carbon OTA
Both are fairly slow, F7 vs F6 but with good guiding that should not be a problem. Both are apochromatic, the ES have the FCD-100 glass while the Orion has the FPL-53 glass.
Now, this is the way I am thinking, buying the ES and a 0.7 reducer so that I can get both the wider FOV and when I want a smaller FOV I'll shoot without the reducer.
Would you say that it is more difficult to use the 102/714 with a 0.7 reducer than to use the 80/480. Will it be much more difficult to use the 102/714? Any other relevant considerations?
Thanks in advance for your knowledge and kind regards,