I have a variety of telescopes in my signature, but I consider them all general purpose. The 12" Dob gets the most use simply because it has the largest aperture.
I am thinking of getting a scope that would be optimized for observing planets. What would be the characteristics of a planet optimized scope? What would be the most important features?
- Large aperture?
- Long focal length?
- high focal ratio?
- 2" focuser?
- Special lens glass?
- Special mirror glass?
What should I consider important and what is less important?
Or, is my Dob the best planetary telescope simply because of its large aperture?
Or, is my 5" Mak better for planets because of its F15 FR and longer FL?
Or would a 4" refractor be better?
Any thoughts are welcome.
I am not ready to buy anything but if you want to name a particular scope and tell me why that would be better for planets than my Dob, I would love to hear your thoughts.
Let's put a $3000 cap on the OTA, just to set a target.
Edited by aeajr, 24 May 2020 - 09:20 PM.