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#1 hector4444

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 02:30 AM

I want to get a light weight refractor that I can grab and go anywhere. I want something ideally 90mm or more, with a budget of around $250. What would the folks here recommend?


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 02:46 AM

I usually suggest the ES Firstlight 80mm 640mm achro, comes on their Nano mount. Think it is $220, was $150 about 6 months ago so it has leapt.

 

I have the Bresser 120/600 but getting a bit big and it has CA, f/6 achro I suppose to be expected.

 

My main G&G is a 72mm ED but they cost too much, and I don't like it, so usually take an ETX70. It is just easier an it works. It has a better idea of what to do then I do.

 

The other I have is a WO ZS61 but again cost. But a Az GTi and ZS 61 is a good combination. Unfortunately a $700+ combination lol.giflol.giflol.gif

 

The 70mm scopes around all seem long and so do not lend themselves so well to G&G.


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Posted 31 July 2020 - 05:53 AM

I want to get a light weight refractor that I can grab and go anywhere. I want something ideally 90mm or more, with a budget of around $250. What would the folks here recommend?

Do you have a mount?
 

Do you have eyepieces?
 

Do you have a star diagonal?

 

That affects the recommendation.

 

Dave



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Posted 31 July 2020 - 11:38 AM

I don't have a mount or a diagonal. I do have eyepieces though.



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Posted 31 July 2020 - 11:53 AM

I want to get a light weight refractor that I can grab and go anywhere. I want something ideally 90mm or more, with a budget of around $250. What would the folks here recommend?

For your budget, you're better off with a 130mm~150mm reflector setup. More aperture, no CA, a lot more scope for the money.

 

https://www.highpoin...scope-zhus003-1

 

https://www.bhphotov...ByABEgJSKPD_BwE

 

https://www.bhphotov..._5_1_130mm.html

 

Getting a small inexpensive refractor will be an achromatic doublet with a poor plastic focuser and likely way under-mounted so it will be a wobbly experience with lots of CA. That said, if you prefer a refractor then you prefer a refractor:

 

https://explorescien...s/fl-ar80900eq3

 

https://explorescien...fl-ar1021000eq3

 

https://www.highpoin...AiABEgK8QfD_BwE

 

https://www.highpoin...elescope-209005

 

https://www.highpoin...telescope-22150

 

Very best,


Edited by MalVeauX, 31 July 2020 - 11:55 AM.

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Posted 31 July 2020 - 03:02 PM

Marty mentioned the Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ, but I'd vote no on that one.  The sample I have has a spherical mirror, and the images are atrocious at any magnification.



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Posted 31 July 2020 - 04:28 PM

Hmm I definitely didn't have a preference for reflectors over refractors. I am not super knowledgeable in scopes and assumed refractors are better in all ranges. I am certainly open to reflectors if that would give me better results, so really appreciate the input.

 

What would be good reflectors in that range?



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Posted 31 July 2020 - 05:11 PM

At such price reflectors tend to be way better than refractors.
I would suggest the Skywatcher Heritage 130 (or, if can get it, the AWB OneSky).
The scope itself is a very solid performer but in the present case its greatest asset is the fact that comes with a decent mount (in fact, it is the only telescope sold at that price bundled with an effective mount).
The mount is of the "table top" kind but thanks to the Newtonian design could be used also w/o table as long as can sit down on ground (I use it so).
Optically it boosts a parabolic main mirror, and delivers sharp views wiews at rather high magnifications (I use it at 150x-185x routinely); its uncommon design ensures excellent portability.
Mechanics are sloppy, and the focuser quite bad, but that is the norm for cheaper telescopes: the good is that it is incredibly easy to fix so at the end of the day I bet it will outmatch easily any other telescope in its price range.
Especially against cheap fast achros there is almost no match, having the 130/650 reflectors too much advantages
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