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What do YOU love about your refractor?

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#26 PXR-5

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 03:21 PM

This was a scope I almost didn't buy. I guess when you take out a large scope you expect to see more. It's really nice when a little scope surprises you by showing you more than you expected. With this I feel like I have the universe in the palm of my hand.

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She's a cutie 😍
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Posted 30 March 2020 - 07:48 PM

Nice setup, wondering, what brand and model is your tripod?

Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber 3-Section Tripod (MT057C3)


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#28 Tyson M

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 07:49 PM

This was a scope I almost didn't buy. I guess when you take out a large scope you expect to see more. It's really nice when a little scope surprises you by showing you more than you expected. With this I feel like I have the universe in the palm of my hand. 

 

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It is a wonderful size, wonderful price, wonderful optics, all fitting on the smallest of mounts.   True definition of grab and go!


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#29 clearwaterdave

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 09:19 PM

Which one?.,lol.,What I love about them all is that I can go out on my deck with these little things that can cost next to nothing  and see the craters on the moon so darn clearly.,not to mention all the other sky stuff.,and they are a treat for lookin at the birdies and such.,

  Viewing M31 in my $25 70×600mm Meade with a $10, 23mm Vite ep takes my breath away., best to all.,

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#30 JoeMc

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Posted 30 March 2020 - 10:50 PM

Why, the sexy red color! Seriously, the ability to grab it all with one hand and have a decent scope to enjoy the rare times out under the stars without any type of fuss or complications. WO 80mm 10th anniversary edition.

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#31 John Huntley

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 05:49 AM

Now I have it on the T-Rex mount, my TMB/LZOS 130 F/9.2 is getting a lot more use and it's difficult to find fault with this instrument. I always wanted a top class 5 inch refractor in the same vein as Sir Patrick Moore's 5 inch Cooke and now I am lucky enough to be the owner of one.

 

It is nice to use a scope (and my Takahashi FC100-DL is in the same league) and have some confidence that the views you are seeing are pretty much as good as the design, aperture and conditions can deliver smile.gif 

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 08:09 AM

I love that they are mine (at least until Sybil purloins them), so they are on call 24-oh-7 without having to borrow. And they all focus quite well with anything reasonable in the ep orifice.


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 10:58 AM

It fits so beautifully in its case.  It is not to big. I always worry about squeezing my refractors into cases and damaging the cases but this one fits just right. I can get the scope and rings into the case and not have to force it closed, though I have only had to open and close it a few times since I have owned it.

 

It is not too small for the case.  I always worry that when the refractor is too small, the case is taking up more space than necessary and since it sits in the case the vast majority of the time, then keeping the amount of space that it takes up is important.

 

Yeah, I like that it is the perfect size for the case. Very efficient use of space in the corner.


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 11:37 AM

They don't criticise me and say nothing negative. shameonyou.gif


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 12:44 PM

This was a scope I almost didn't buy. I guess when you take out a large scope you expect to see more. It's really nice when a little scope surprises you by showing you more than you expected. With this I feel like I have the universe in the palm of my hand. 

 

I’m buying one of these. I don’t like my present refractor. 


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Posted 31 March 2020 - 04:04 PM

I’m buying one of these. I don’t like my present refractor. 

I think you'll like it. It saved me this winter. I kept passing by my 80 and grabbing this instead. It's just so easy to setup. I used it for a little of everything since getting it. Brighter DSO, the Moon, double stars, wide field sweeping. It's a fun little scope with great optics and a nice focuser. 



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Posted 31 March 2020 - 06:23 PM

I love the excellent optics and simple and sturdy mechanics plus the classic lines of my Vixen ED103s

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 08:52 PM

What do I love about it?

 

Fluorite LZOS triplet, 6" at f6 and only 2 ever made by APM. Excellent color correction,

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 09:06 PM

omg bow.gif

What do I love about it?

 

Fluorite LZOS triplet, 6" at f6 and only 2 ever made by APM. Excellent color correction,


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Posted 01 April 2020 - 06:08 PM

Very sharp views with excellent contrast.  They seem to punch above their weight.  I like to think of them as physics-busters.   


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Posted 01 April 2020 - 06:13 PM

Eric H, I nearly pass out every time I see that picture.


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#42 Eric H

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 09:38 PM

Eric H, I nearly pass out every time I see that picture.

LOL, sorry my friend.



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Posted 01 April 2020 - 10:54 PM

My Orion Premium 110ED doublet.

I love it because it has a great optical figure and it goes a little deeper than my 102, and it balances so well on my W.O. EZ Touch.

It glides smoothly with a light touch, and stays where you put it.

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Posted 01 April 2020 - 11:21 PM

Reading this thread, it seems like every post deserves a LIKE

 

What I like about refractors, mine in particular:

 

- They're reliable, they do what they do without fiddle or fuss.  Whether it's the NP-101 or the 102mm F/5 Achromat, I can count of them to give me everything they've got.  

 

- Refractors don't punch above their aperture.  What they do, is perform at very near to the theoretical limits for their aperture and they do it consistently.  For a given aperture, they're far and away the most efficient with light, a good ED/apo is a no compromise scope, no knockdown factors because of reflectivity or the shadow of the secondary..  The only limit is the aperture. 

 

- I like the upright diagonal and the erect if not correct image.  

 

- The versatility.., a good ED/apo refractor is not only an astronomical instrument, it's a terrestrial and birding tool.  

 

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Refractors are easy scopes.. if I have 45 minutes to observe, I am not taking out my 10 inch Dob.. 
 
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Posted 02 April 2020 - 07:53 AM

Great photo, Jon!  I agree on all points! 


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 08:04 AM

What do I love about it?

 

Fluorite LZOS triplet, 6" at f6 and only 2 ever made by APM. Excellent color correction,

What is the size of the focuser on that scope? 



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Posted 02 April 2020 - 08:19 AM

I love my refractors, I must tell you that my lunt 60 gives me a chance to see one of the most captivating object that is, the sun. my other 102 mm ed lunt gives me the chance to see everything that the sun hides from me during the day.
practical, easy to transport, easy to maintain. what to say more if not thanks to its inventor.

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 08:41 AM

"What do YOU love about your refractor?"

 

Nothing really....Just a tool...(I dont love my hammer either)  grin.gif



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Posted 02 April 2020 - 09:02 AM

"What do YOU love about your refractor?"

 

Nothing really....Just a tool...(I dont love my hammer either)  grin.gif

For shame! shameonyou.gif

 

Epic thread this. I'll be keeping an eye on it.


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Posted 02 April 2020 - 10:20 AM

What do I love about my refractors?  That they are refractors.

 

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