Some refractors are love at first sight
Some are love at first light Some are both, and a few only have skin-deep beauty
I love my Tele Vue Genesis, first and most enduring love. She is easy, steady, reliable, faithful, robust and therapy in one. Hoping to add an NP101.
I also love my second refractor, my 120mm Equinox. While Genesis excels at rich field, my 120 is great for almost CA free high magnifications. She has a glamourus black diamond & chrome tube, sliding dew shield, 2 speed focuser & quality CNC tube rings. Also have the 100, 80 & 66mm Equinoxes.
Suppose mention of my 2 Taks. FC100DL first. Curiosity & fluorite fixation. It was an expensive & gratuitous purchase. Its proof doublets, with the right lenses, can be truly apochromatic, to my eyes anyway. The hype is truth, only limit is aperture.
The other & final of my Fab Four is my Takahashi triplet TSA120. Like the DL, it gives pure views. White stays white, no matter how bright. The OTA as a whole is beautifully understated, aethically pleasing to look at. I like its sliding dewshield & classic focuser, there is nothing not to like about it (I did not buy the clamshell or finder). If I could only keeo one Tak, one 120, it would be the TSA.
But just keeping one refractor, my first love , the Genesis is my choice.