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#101 Echolight

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 08:57 PM

I heard there's a place in Utah.



#102 Jethro7

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 10:23 PM

I heard there's a place in Utah.

Hello, Echolight,

Most everyone on the Topic "Where are the Best Skies" say I need to move down to the Florida Keys with its dark skies and being closer to the Equator. And far away from the Jet stream. Or out in the middle of a desert far away or at least on the windward side of the Mountains.

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro


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Posted 20 October 2020 - 05:18 AM

Hello CNers,

If you had a $5000.00 budget for a Refractor what would you buy? This would be for visual only and Night Vison Astronomy. I usually buy one high end ticket piece of Astro Gear a year and would like some Thoughts on this. I already own a couple of nice four inch Refractors  a AT102ED and a Altair Starwave Ascent 102 ED  F/1122 and I have a AT72 ED11 on the way. What would you buy?  

 

THANK YOU EVERYONE AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro

Do you want "bang for the buck" or "pride of ownership" smile.gif  ?

 

Pick one:

 

  • TS 130 f7 triplet - 2000 - 2400 Euros.

 

  • Sell the 4" glass and get a TSA-102.

 

  • TS 120 (new), TOA 130 (used.

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#104 MalVeauX

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Posted 20 October 2020 - 07:26 AM

Hello CNers,

If you had a $5000.00 budget for a Refractor what would you buy? This would be for visual only and Night Vison Astronomy. I usually buy one high end ticket piece of Astro Gear a year and would like some Thoughts on this. I already own a couple of nice four inch Refractors  a AT102ED and a Altair Starwave Ascent 102 ED  F/1122 and I have a AT72 ED11 on the way. What would you buy?  

 

THANK YOU EVERYONE AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro

Heya,

 

Well, I'd either have to get a premium smaller refractor, or move on an inexpensive FPL53 based large refractor. I think if I were being gifted it, I'd choose the larger refractor. I have an observatory so I can handle big scopes and I wouldn't have to set it up all the time. I already have a 150mm F8 refractor, so I'd happily take a better one at this point.

 

One of these maybe:

 

TS CF-APO 155mm F8 triplet with 3.7" focuser

TS 150mm F8 FPL53 doublet with 2.5" focuser

SW Esprit 150mm F7 FPL53 triplet with 3" focuser

 

Very best,


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Posted 21 October 2020 - 04:35 AM

Heya,

 

Well, I'd either have to get a premium smaller refractor, or move on an inexpensive FPL53 based large refractor. I think if I were being gifted it, I'd choose the larger refractor. I have an observatory so I can handle big scopes and I wouldn't have to set it up all the time. I already have a 150mm F8 refractor, so I'd happily take a better one at this point.

 

One of these maybe:

 

TS CF-APO 155mm F8 triplet with 3.7" focuser

TS 150mm F8 FPL53 doublet with 2.5" focuser

SW Esprit 150mm F7 FPL53 triplet with 3" focuser

 

Very best,

 

I would be very much interested to read a review on that new 155mm triplet from TS.


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#106 TareqPhoto

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Posted 21 October 2020 - 06:01 AM

I would be very much interested to read a review on that new 155mm triplet from TS.

I am so crying why this one is available while the other one which is 90mm isn't and have to wait until next year bawling.gif bawling.gif bawling.gif



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Posted 21 October 2020 - 01:03 PM

 Your yard is looking awesome!!!

 

..Ralph

 

Well with $5000, I spent $3000 on the APM 152, $390 to motorize the focuser and $200 for a new finder. I spent the rest on the mount (extension, more weights).



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Posted 21 October 2020 - 02:09 PM

I think with me, it would depend on whether the mount was part of the budget or not. Either way I'd be looking for a 6", since more aperture = better visual experience, but if the mount is part of the price it's going to eat at least $1600, and probably more, of the budget. That pretty much puts you in the SW150ED or APM 152 camps since they're the only 6" scopes that would fit in the remaining budget, but at least you could get the version of the SW150ED with the better focuser.

If you already have a suitable mount you could get something nicer.

Edited by Mitrovarr, 21 October 2020 - 02:10 PM.

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#109 hfjacinto

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Posted 22 October 2020 - 07:03 AM

I agree with Mitrovarr's post above, and he makes a valid point, the focuser is an important equation in your decision. The focuser will need to handle the Night Vision equipment which isn't light. 

 

I still stick with the APM 152 recommendation because of its size (6"), focuser (3.7") and it's very flat field (imaging/night vision), the APM 152 has the flattest field of all my telescopes.. But please let us know what you get.



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Posted 22 October 2020 - 08:01 AM

I agree with Mitrovarr's post above, and he makes a valid point, the focuser is an important equation in your decision. The focuser will need to handle the Night Vision equipment which isn't light. 

 

I still stick with the APM 152 recommendation because of its size (6"), focuser (3.7") and it's very flat field (imaging/night vision), the APM 152 has the flattest field of all my telescopes.. But please let us know what you get.

 

How important is the flat field for NV?

I was thinking of a TOA-130, with a reducer can be made fast (5.7?) and with the extender-Q can be slow for observing planets. However new its going to get to $7000. 

How doe the TEC 140 do on planets in comparison?



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Posted 22 October 2020 - 09:00 AM

"How important is the flat field for NV?"

 

I can tell with imaging the field is so flat that I didn't need a field flatner. For NV it depends on the unit/size of the chip. 

 

The TEC 140 in my opinion is the best all around scope, but its more than $5000




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