Thanks for the replies guys,
25585, the Vixen is a great call, but its too fast for my liking at F7.7, plus that might be a challenge for some of my eyepieces. I had a Vixen 80mm F15 which I compared to my Circle T 80mm F15. The Circle T performed better on planets.
Bomber Bob, I do have an old barlow somewhere, which came with my Circle T 80mm, never used it. But never say never, having said that I'm more of a minimal glass guy. I'm actually going to be making my own 7.4mm sphere eyepiece, hopefully to use on Mars this October.
Astro Kerr, that's some good information. The Stellamira is a heavy little beast, they are high quality heavy duty build, compared to more normal average scopes. I believe the 80mm Stellamira weights the same as the 102ED F11. Which doesn't surprise me, as my Skylight 60mm F16.7 weights the same or more than my Circle T 80mm F15.
Yep I'm not hanging around on the Stellamira, thats why I am selling my 102mm F15 and Circle T 80mm F15. To get the Stellamira 80mm quickly. Don't want it to disappear. In my Planetary Observers Handbook, the author states the ultimate telescope would be an ED glass refractor which has a slow focal ratio.
I think the Takahashi FOA-60Q would be a very good choice, I've considered it. Lets us know how you get on if you get one!?
Edited by Dave1066, 20 March 2020 - 06:42 PM.