I have been looking around on line for a while, even have a scope on order, which may be a while in coming. Last I heard won’t be until September.
Being a bit old fashioned I like to talk to people and ask questions. In particular I like to try things out.
I was actually contemplating a mount possibly equatorial.
So I found a local optical store, went to do some window shopping.
Nice friendly and helpful the obvious advice was by a Dobson.
My particular requirements includes easy and portable. Using my spotting scope has been interesting.
I wasn’t really considering a refractor. My feeling was if I upgrade my spotting scope it would be a better quality spotting scope.
I was looking for was the ability to see objects at higher altitudes, My spotting scope interferes with the regular tripod when I try and look higher.
Choice is limited at the moment, although I could have picked up a dob.
They had a Meade 102 refractor. On a very simple Azz Alt mount.
Or something quite interesting, an 80m Antares on an equatorial mount specialty for observing plants.
So I was able to try the scopes looking at at a couple of objects in the distance.
I left with the Meade and three Antares plossl 12.5 25 and 32.
possibly paid a bit extra over internet prices. But I wouldn’t have been able to see the difference in eyepiece quality from the ones in the box and the ones I got with it.
I was very tempted by the longer Antares scope, probably would have chosen it if I didn’t have a mak on order.
I thought they would have similar attribute being good for planets,
So I chose the bigger aperture of the Meade, which is also much more portable rather like my spotting scope.
And I will be able to spot some higher stuff between now and September. Or when other options become available.
Now I just wait for it to get dark, then go see what I can see.
I wasn’t considering a Meade until I went and saw it in person.
Edited by JMacd62, 13 August 2020 - 09:52 PM.