I have too many Classic scopes. [Well, duh!] I try not to play favorites, but that's tough - there are a few that I really rely on year-round. But I've noticed I tend to have a Seasonal Rotation. Is this common, or am I the oddball?
Fall [Mid-November to Mid-January]
- RV-6 -- my Everything Newtonian spends a lot of time in the shed, so it's ready to go. 4" APO views, almost grab & go, and I actually like the spikes on bright blue & white stars -- kinda Christmasy.
- Sears 6336 -- with the Unihex, I zoom in & out with a click; besides doubles, I really enjoy the Auriga Trio (M36,37,38) in this frac, as it has very very low CA.
- Stubby -- my Edmund 6" F4 Newt is pure fun at 20x, and has very good views at 150x on the fuzzies. It is one of my easiest scopes to use, too.
Winter [Mid-January to Mid-March]
- Meade 826 -- super sharp & my largest scope. It's still "new" to me, but I already prefer to use it in cool / cold weather; and, we have our driest air this season, so it'll replace the RV-6 in the shed.
- Tinsley 6" Cass -- Don't Laugh! Yeah, tiny field, & 3000mm focal length, but with the spectros 35mm Big Prism + Big Kellners, it delivers on the brighter fuzzies -- very easy to zoom-in! The massive EQ is a smooth stable platform that rolls out in just a couple of minutes, too.
- Triple Nickle -- nothing like the Winter Milky Way in a 5" F5 triplet. 'nuff said.
Spring [Mid-March to Mid-April]
- Dakin 4 -- I tend to use this 4" F10 achro a lot in the Spring, before it gets HOT. Every object is sharp. 2" / 1.25" / .965" -- very versatile for objects & views.
- C5 Astro -- I'm more likely to take the C5 off Display Status in the Spring than any other season. Set up / take down is more complicated than other scopes, but it's a Fun Scope (I didn't expect that).
- Questar -- DITTO. Strange, but my Q gives very good views of The Dumbbell, and similar fuzzies.
Summer [Mid-April to Mid-November]
- Tak FC-50 -- 15x to 150x Ultra-Light fluorite tends to stay in the shed all Summer.
- Lafayette 99-7213 -- Excellent Yamamoto (SYW) 60x400 frac! Vixen 1.25" adapter, so it's as versatile as the Tak, with a bit more aperture.
- Stubby -- again! It's easier to use than the TN5, and with all the upgrades, is a great Sweeper.
- C-102 -- based on the past Summer, I see this very light 4" F10 Vixen going out often, until I get my top-tier 4" APO.
- C-80 -- another public / sharing scope that'll see a lot of use in 2021.
I have other scopes like my C90 Spotter that get occasional use; and, some small scopes that "float" throughout the year. AND, when Mars / Jupiter / Saturn are at prime-time, there's some shuffling around.