I currently own two APO doublets: Williams Optics 66mm & Meade f/9 102mm.
I have used them strictly for DSO astrophotography and have little interest in anything else at this point. I have a C8 SCT that I use for visual and also some AP -- but truth be told, I do very little visual at this point in my life.
For AP, I currently use a DSLR and will probably be using a DSLR for several years to come -- mostly because of time constraints and budget constraints. I have two DSLRs for AP: one modded and the other not modded.
I have two mounts: one at home and one at my dark site (very far from home). When traveling to my dark site (usually by train), I just take my scope and camera gear.
I would like to reduce these two APOs to one APO, because I now have much less space to keep my telescope gear.
So my thinking is that I will sell both of the APO refractors, keep the C8 SCT and get an 80mm APO.
(I have a focal reducer for the C8 SCT.)
I'm hoping to sell the two APOs for a total of about $600-700. So, by definition, that's my budget for buying an 80mm APO.
I will probably buy used when a good deal comes along. I'm not in a hurry.
As far as I can tell, the main choices for an 80mm APO are the following ten scopes.
Group One (probably within my budget if I buy used):
Orion 80mm ED f/7.5
Explore Scientific ED80mm
EvoStar 80mm ED f/7.5
EvoView 80mm ED f/7.5
TS Optics 80mm ED f/7.0
Group TWO (probably beyond my budget):
Vixen ED80SF f/7.5
Meade Series 6000 f/6 80mm APO
SW Esprit 80mm
iOptron 80mm ED f/6.0
Any advice would be helpful -- especially if there's some option out there that I'm missing in the above list.
Edited by BABOafrica, 19 October 2020 - 01:34 PM.