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Binocular vs a Refractor

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#26 Notthecenterofuni

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Posted 20 May 2020 - 09:36 AM

Thank you @aeajr, @tony, @vtornado, @ulmer. So the choice boils down to 90mm Meade or Z130.

 

I was also looking at used equipment. I found a Celestron C8 OTA at $350-400 with a telrad finder and some solar filters. My only worry is, I do not know how to check the quality of the OTA. I can check for the dust on the mirror and if coating is visible from behind I can do a visual inspection. Look for dents on the OTA. I guess thats all can be verified. I also found a orion starblast 4.5 inch for $40 :). I am not sure how is the quality. 

 

Is it worth checking out any of them. If not then I will order a Meade 90mm or the Z130 whichever is available fastest.



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 09:40 AM

Ohh, I also found a AR127 with twilight 1 mount for around 600 USD. I heard its a good telescope. Also the quality of used AR127 looks quite good. 



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 03:39 PM

I am confused or maybe I missed your post, I thought your budget was $150.  I kept my recommendations under $300 figuring you might stretch that far.   Or am I mixing up this discussion with another. 

 

The ones  you mention above are well beyond $150.  If you have a $600 budget, my recommendations will change quickly.



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 04:10 PM

@aeajr.. I was planning to buy a dob later which will be around 800-1000 USD. My budget of 200 USD was for a small refractor which is portable. So my total budget was around 1200-1500 USD (telescope+accessories) spent over next year or two.

 

Once I started looking at the used market, I found that the cheap ones are not worth it. Only expensive scopes made sense. I was thinking that If I just go with a AR127 refractor..that should serve my purpose and keep me satisfied without the need of a DOB.  I have also found an ETX-90 around 200 USD which will fit the bill for now.. and should hopefully be better than the 90 mm meade star pro refractor which I was planning to buy. 

 

So basically I am deciding whether to have a used ETX90 or a new Meade starpro purchased now with a 10inch DOB (purchased slightly later). The ETX-90 or meade starpro will give me the portability to frequently stargaze.

 

The second option is to purchase one single expensive equiment worth 1000-1500 USD. But then I will have only 1 equipment and if it is not portable, then I will not be able to take it out frequently. That is why I considered the AR-127 as an option.


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Posted 20 May 2020 - 04:12 PM

As per my understanding, people generally have 2 telescopes , a portable one and a light bucket. That is what my plan was when I initially posted. 


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Posted 20 May 2020 - 04:15 PM

As per my understanding, people generally have 2 telescopes , a portable one and a light bucket. That is what my plan was when I initially posted. 

Thanks for the clarification. That was what I understood, but it seemed you were bringing the full budget into play right now. rather than $200 now and $1000 some time in the future.


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Posted 20 May 2020 - 04:19 PM

So what would you choose between ETX-90 and the 90 Star-pro



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Posted 20 May 2020 - 06:48 PM

I have the ETX 80 and an ETX 125 and like them a lot.  Having a GoTo scope is great in a light polluted environment. But I thought you wanted to find things yourself.  In that case you go for the StarPro 90. 


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