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What cost more- Your OTAs or your EPs?

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#1 Tropobob

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 02:47 AM

I did a tally and my OTAs are worth more, since they are quality refractors. 

 

However, some years back when I had mainly reflectors, my EPs were more valuable. 

 

How about your gear?   


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 03:03 AM

OTA's but bit by much I suspect.


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 03:38 AM

Like you my OTA's.

Have triplet and ED scopes and have never gone for costly eyepieces.

 

Did buy a lot of the TV plossls used also.


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Posted 07 July 2020 - 07:04 AM

Likely eye pieces, until I bought my most recent OTA (new).



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 07:37 AM

The optimum ratio surely should be highly slanted toward OTA’s, to get the maximum benefit from both the OTA’s and eyepieces. If it’s not, that’s a sign you’re an eyepiece collector.

 

I’m at about 5:1



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:04 AM

Well... telescopes cost me around 5x the eyepieces, observatories and infrastructure around 3x, astro-incidentals 1x... for a total normalized play-dough expenditure of 10x. I've given up counting my hoard long ago, though. The only ones I keep an eye on, anymore... absolute zero debt, big nest egg that grows faster than living expenses aka comfortable retirement. I took that old financial house TV commercial seriously, to heart, decades ago.

 

Quoting Ken Fulton, in his classic The Light-Hearted Astronomer >>>

 

"Never bite off more than your wallet can chew. It isn't worth it. Buy a telescope you can easily afford. ... You can't really enjoy a telescope if you have to worry about the payments - or the vacuum it left in your bank account."

 

With those counsels in mind, I've always saved up the hobby $ first, and then bought gear.    Tom

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Posted 07 July 2020 - 08:34 AM

my scopes definitely .



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Posted 07 July 2020 - 11:39 PM

My ratio is:

OTAs $$$$$ to Eyepieces $
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Posted 08 July 2020 - 12:20 AM

Just starting out...and my scope was kinda free. But the mount cost about 3 times what my only eyepiece cost.

 

Will probably get a 2 inch diagonal soon, and a $100 widefield eyepiece. So that'll probably be about a 60/40 scope to eyepiece ratio

 

I don't plan on a large case full of eyepieces. But planning on a little apo and a little dob, which are both supposed to come with a decent eyepiece or two. So if you use the eyepieces that come with the scope, do you subtract some from the scope ratio and add it to the eyepiece ratio? Or does nobody ever use an eyepiece that came with a scope? And now I'm trying to figure out how much of a dob is an OTA. So confusing. This is a rotten game.


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 12:20 AM

EPs- all bought used.  My OTAs were all bought used, too.


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#11 ThatsMyCoffee

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 12:51 AM

Who uses eyepieces?  



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 01:04 AM

I run a home for wayword eyepieces.....and there's more of them than you think.


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 02:23 AM

I’m one of the few that actually owns just one scope for now

as when and if I do decide to puchase another the exspense starts all over again especially on eyepieces and additional accessories.so regarding my actual OTA to puchase separate it would cost roughly $3500 and the time I’ve puchaed all Televue eyepieces BBHS diagonal Astronomic filters etc it will very close to the actual cost of the scope itself.especially as when new accessories and gadgets come out on the market that’s just the nature of the hobby at times an endless money pit lol.


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 03:26 PM

Close to equal, 3 eyepieces and one refractor.

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 03:48 PM

Two of my three scopes are used, the other one is ancient. Considering that I'm contemplating upgrading to Tele Vue eyepieces, the balance of that equation may be tilting toward the EP side.


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 04:00 PM

My OTAs cost more. However, if I include my NVD Micro Image Intensifier as an eyepiece, things start to get much closer.

 

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 04:01 PM

EPs FAR outweigh scope... ;)


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 07:08 PM

You only need one OTA but you need a set of eyepieces..

 

EPs- all bought used.  My OTAs were all bought used, too.

This!


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 08:33 PM

I only have 3 scopes, a ST80, a C90 and a C8, so yes they are worth a LOT more than my 5 lowly Plossls.

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 12:38 AM

Thing is, eyepieces are breakable - being slippery, made of glass, and all. That's why I have the one I'm using, at the moment... and fifty six spares.    Tom


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