Over the years I have bought and sold a lot of scopes. I had to try everything I could get my hands on. Out of all those scope ( do not ask me how many I lost count years ago) There were a few that had that WOW factor that just made me gasp when I looked through them. I still have some of these scopes. They left me with such an impression etched in my mind that I just could not let them go.
1. The Porta Ball one 12.5" with a Zambuto mirror. The best view of the planets ever. Felt like I was in orbit around the planet. Detail was jaw dropping.
2. APM 100/800. This has to be one of the best 4" refractors in the world. Amazing views.
3. Meade 178 ED. After all the reviews I had read and one came along at the right price I had to try it out. Amazing views. That is a lot of unobstructed aperture.
4. AP 152mm F8. This is very early AP triplet without ED glass. Still, if this was the only scope I could ever own I would always be a happy observer.
5. Early Unitron 155. The lens is this Unitron put up straight bars in DPAC and the images at the eyepiece reflects a wonderful lens.
6. Takahashi CN 212. Amazing scope. A cassegrain and newtonian with awsome optics.
7. Takahashi MT160. What a newtonian. Another scope I would be very happy with if it was the only scope I could ever own.