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Do You Really need an ~80mm in the Stable?

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#101 barbie

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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:45 AM

After years of downsizing from larger apertures due to health issues, I've found great enjoyment from my two 76mm Fluorite apos for what they can show me under clear, steady and DARK skies!! Enough to keep me busy for the remainder of life!


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Posted 25 May 2020 - 08:54 AM

In my case because I'm just viewing I say no, I've a SW 100mm Esprit for a wide angle APO for a grab and go and I think maybe tomarrow a my Astrotech 102 ED will show up. I will put this together with a ES twillight 1 and a set of Plossls and keep it in the trunk of my car. There have been too many times I am out and about and wished I had a telescope with me.

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro 


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 05:08 PM

Chips point is a good one. This is our private battle and as I mentioned, we are not addressing the initial initial poster's question.

 

So I will say that after having owned numerous ST-80s, several with 2 inch focusers as well as a variety of other 80 mm scopes:

 

They all bested, in one way or another, other larger refractors. 

 

Jon

Hey Jon,

 

We've all been there, especially me! 



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 05:13 PM

Need? Nah. Want? Definitely. I can't remember not having at least one.


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Posted 28 May 2020 - 05:18 PM

Need? Nah. Want? Definitely. I can't remember not having at least one.

I've had at least one 3" refractor since 1978...  no regrets.  1000s of fun observing hours, and in the past 5 years, some decent lunar/planetary imaging, too.



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 05:21 PM

That was the question I was answering. But the catch is original poster is primarily an imager so the visual virtues of an 80 mm seem to be irrelevant.

 

Jon

Well yes the OP was asking from an imagers POV. But I find the viewpoints interesting as many of us are both imagers and observers. 



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Posted 28 May 2020 - 05:55 PM

Thanks all for the input!  Based on all the advice, I broke down and picked up an 80mm Sky Watcher Evostar on Cloudy Nights and placed it on top of my C8.

 

Plan is to align it ( and its guidescope) with the C8 and so I can either use the 80mm as a guidescope for the C8 or a stand alone 80mm.  Also hoping that since both scopes will be aligned to each other, they will both benefit from the Star Sense mounted on the C8.  

 

Total weight of the rig is about 28lbs so yes, I will get a bit of a workout mounting it but its still within the weight limit of my CGEM DX mount.

 

Now I just need to get my CGEM from been tuned to test it all out!

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 11:36 PM

Congrats!  I hope you have years of enjoyment with it.



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Posted 30 May 2020 - 11:07 AM

ST 80 ordered today smile.gif


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Posted 30 May 2020 - 12:51 PM

Awesome! Enjoy!
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Posted 30 May 2020 - 01:00 PM

Thanks all for the input!  Based on all the advice, I broke down and picked up an 80mm Sky Watcher Evostar on Cloudy Nights and placed it on top of my C8.

 

Plan is to align it ( and its guidescope) with the C8 and so I can either use the 80mm as a guidescope for the C8 or a stand alone 80mm.  Also hoping that since both scopes will be aligned to each other, they will both benefit from the Star Sense mounted on the C8.  

 

Total weight of the rig is about 28lbs so yes, I will get a bit of a workout mounting it but its still within the weight limit of my CGEM DX mount.

 

Now I just need to get my CGEM from been tuned to test it all out!

Congratulations, this is a great viewing combination...one of my favorites smile.png I like to pair my EdgeHD 8 with the ES 80ED for high power/low power viewing from an Orion Sirius EQG mount. This makes for a potent and easily transportable travel kit. At home the ES 80ED wears many hats: gran and go scope, wide field imager, and terrestrial viewing and digiscoping rig. Count me in with the folks who believe that the 80mm scopes are a valuable addition to ones stable of tools.

 

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Posted 30 May 2020 - 01:22 PM

Very nice rig, Brian.

 

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Posted 30 May 2020 - 01:36 PM

Congratulations, this is a great viewing combination...one of my favorites smile.png I like to pair my EdgeHD 8 with the ES 80ED for high power/low power viewing from an Orion Sirius EQG mount. This makes for a potent and easily transportable travel kit. At home the ES 80ED wears many hats: gran and go scope, wide field imager, and terrestrial viewing and digiscoping rig. Count me in with the folks who believe that the 80mm scopes are a valuable addition to ones stable of tools.

 

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Clear Skies,

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What are the rings you have on the ED80?



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Posted 30 May 2020 - 03:13 PM

I use a pair of Stellarvue rings they sell for their 90mm scopes..they fit like a charm, no fidgeting required. They are attached to a William Optics plate with a Vixen rail; works great in my ADM Vixen and dual saddles.

 

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Posted 30 May 2020 - 09:34 PM

Congratulations, this is a great viewing combination...one of my favorites smile.png I like to pair my EdgeHD 8 with the ES 80ED for high power/low power viewing from an Orion Sirius EQG mount. This makes for a potent and easily transportable travel kit. At home the ES 80ED wears many hats: gran and go scope, wide field imager, and terrestrial viewing and digiscoping rig. Count me in with the folks who believe that the 80mm scopes are a valuable addition to ones stable of tools.

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That saddle and bracket you have mounted to your Porta II looks to be exactly what I need so I can use my Vixen ED80SF and my Orion 127 Mak in my Porta II so that the Mak finder is not in the funky 7:00 position.

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 09:15 AM

That saddle and bracket you have mounted to your Porta II looks to be exactly what I need so I can use my Vixen ED80SF and my Orion 127 Mak in my Porta II so that the Mak finder is not in the funky 7:00 position.

The pivot arm w/ stage and the handle are the Manny Mods smile.png The saddle came off of the Porta II...

 

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Posted 02 June 2020 - 09:24 AM

A FSQ-85 would be an 80s refractor I would cherish. 




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