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#51 25585

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 10:27 AM

Oof....that F15 looks mighty fine. I do wonder how it would compare with the 80mm F10 ED. https://www.firstlig...-telescope.html

 

However at half the price of the ED, I'd definitely give the F15 a shot. It's just a shame I'm more interested in a 4 inch and not 3 inch. I'm not so sure I'd be happy with less aperture than what my 90mm already gives me. It already sees a lot less use since I got my mak.

The Stellamira 80mm F10 is Long Pergn Taiwan and is very appealing. Strong r&p 2 speed focuser, rings, bar & sliding dewshield.



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Posted 13 January 2021 - 11:24 AM

The Stellamira 80mm F10 is Long Pergn Taiwan and is very appealing. Strong r&p 2 speed focuser, rings, bar & sliding dewshield.

I was going to mention that one as well, but he said ~$700.  The Stellamira is 899 BP's.


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Posted 13 January 2021 - 11:42 PM

Of the following three options, which would you choose and why:

 

1. Vixen made FirstScope 80mm in excellent shape

2. https://www.firstlig...-refractor.html

3. https://www.vixenopt...ope-p/26062.htm

 

If you wish to select an option not listed it has to be 80mm and no shorter than f/11 and cost no more than $700!

I had never heard of the Scopetech 80mm telescopes until I read this thread today, and after checking them out I ordered a F/15.  FLO in England is the only place I could find that has them for sale, and they actually had two in stock.  I paid $498 plus a not-too-bad $65 to ship it here.  I also got two Baader adapters that do away with the single screw drawtube clamp.  For such an interesting telescope, I think it's going to prove a bargain to me.  Very cool!


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Posted 14 January 2021 - 03:04 AM

I had never heard of the Scopetech 80mm telescopes until I read this thread today, and after checking them out I ordered a F/15.  FLO in England is the only place I could find that has them for sale, and they actually had two in stock.  I paid $498 plus a not-too-bad $65 to ship it here.  I also got two Baader adapters that do away with the single screw drawtube clamp.  For such an interesting telescope, I think it's going to prove a bargain to me.  Very cool!

Congrats! I'd love to know what you think of it once it arrives. I had one in my cart for several days and saw them go from having 3 in stock to just 1 left. Made me wonder if this thread was to blame!! Alas, I ruled it out this evening so now I have to live vicariously through you mtminnesota!

 

Or... have you inspired me to take the plunge? I sure do go back and forth a lot about my next astronomy purchases!


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Posted 14 January 2021 - 10:57 AM

A Moonraker Nebula 80mm F15, whatever the cost....  http://moonrakertele...cope-range.html


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Posted 14 January 2021 - 10:58 AM

F/15 scopetechs sold out on FLO shocked.gif

 

I credit our thread! Those last few have been in stock for months. Lol



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 11:05 AM

Oh gee, I was eyeballing them too, but just as well as I don't think the price was right for me anyway.



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 12:49 PM

Oh gee, I was eyeballing them too, but just as well as I don't think the price was right for me anyway.

Agreed, it was close but I kept coming back to the price/limitations just not quite making enough sense to pull the trigger. I'm super excited to hear from anyone who did buy one though. I think the TS 102ED will be more my speed when they're back in stock. I love to look at 80mm f/15's but have not been able to get over the hump to purchase. 



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 07:42 PM

80 mm f/15 1200 mm f.l., color blur ~2X Airy disc.  102 mm TS ED f/11 1100 mm f.l., color blur ~ 1.1X Airy disc.  Both scopes same length, 102 a little heavier, 102 > 0.5 magnitudes deeper, 27% better resolution, superb 2-speed R&P focuser.  What's to ponder about?

 

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Posted 14 January 2021 - 10:29 PM

Daquad, not pondering between them — it’s both or one. Sometimes it’s not a competition and when it is, I usually just want bothgrin.gif


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Posted 15 January 2021 - 09:39 AM

I would actually ponder between 80mm f15s or classic 76mm F15s


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Posted 15 January 2021 - 11:58 AM

Daquad, not pondering between them — it’s both or one. Sometimes it’s not a competition and when it is, I usually just want bothgrin.gif

Got it.  I was referring to the posters in general.  Good luck with your choice.

 

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 12:25 PM

Daquad, not pondering between them — it’s both or one. Sometimes it’s not a competition and when it is, I usually just want bothgrin.gif

If you are a somewhat serious observer (whatever that means), you should VERY seriously consider getting the 102/1122mm ED first. Then you could save up for a really nice, classic 76/1200 or 80/1200 achromat, and get that one, when a nice one shows up at a good price. 

 

 

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 04:15 AM

80 mm f/15 1200 mm f.l., color blur ~2X Airy disc.  102 mm TS ED f/11 1100 mm f.l., color blur ~ 1.1X Airy disc.  Both scopes same length, 102 a little heavier, 102 > 0.5 magnitudes deeper, 27% better resolution, superb 2-speed R&P focuser.  What's to ponder about?

 

Dom Q.

Color Blur Skywatcher 100mm F/9 (FPL-53) : 0.75X Airy Disk.

 

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