I'm hoping to get some direction selecting a 4" Refractor to go along with my f/10 SCT. I've presently have an early Super C8 with the Byers Worm Gear wedge mount on original steel tripod. It seems to get heavier as I seem to get older, so I'm in the market for a grab'n'go 4" frac to mount on my CG4. Visual use only, and manual searches.
The Sky-Watcher EvoStar 100ED Pro initially caught my attention; nice glass, comes with finderscope and diagonal but troublesome focuser has been reported by many. The other negative is the f/9 ratio. I already have an f/10 C8. (Maybe that's not an issue).
Then I turned my attention to a much loved scope on these forums - AT102ED f/7 gets me the wider FOV to compliment the f/10 Cat, and a decent focuser according to many reports here on Cloudy Nights.
And then I discover the AT102EDL. Roughly same price as the EvoStar 100 ED Pro (albiet no accessories), improved glass over the AT102ED, and a superior 2.5" R&P vs the "Crayfish" on the SW EvoStar.
So, now to the point - will the AT102ED @ $599 serve me just as well if I'm only doing visual stargazing? Will my 68 y/o eyes benefit from the EDLs superior glass for twice the price? Am I overthinking this, or is there another factor I should consider?
Edited by auggie doggie, 02 December 2020 - 08:35 AM.