I scored a good local deal on a SCT (Celestron Super C8) + mount + tripod. Very exciting, but I know that this scope has a small FOV, even with a 2" diagonal, and no matter which eyepieces I try.
Since the mount is quite sturdy and capable (GoTo, 33+10lb capacity) and since I'm accustomed to the TFOV permitted by binocular viewing, I am looking to add a used refractor to the setup. Here's what I'd like to use a refractor for, primarily:
- Perhaps it may simplify to emphasize that I will be doing 100% visual observation, and have 0% interest in astrophotography.
- I live in Bortle 8/9 skies, and although I may travel to dark sites as I find my way, I would like to find a great (not necessary The Finest) refractor setup for visual experience from a Bortle 8/9 back yard.
- I will be shopping used, and will spend what it takes to have a decent APO, as I wish to see accurate/corrected colors.
- I am looking for value, but not necessarily minimized budget. I don't want the newest triplet APO, if I could have instead a doublet + money left over for 2-3 eyepieces.
- Budget preference: $400 - $800. Would consider spending slightly more if there were a clear/obvious advantage to doing so.
Here is what I'm looking for opinions/advice about:
- Are there (brand, model, formats) that specifically suit urban observation?
- I have my eye on f/7-ish 80mm options, sub-$1k. Is that foolish? (Think Orion ED80, older Williams Zenithstar 80mm, etc)
- Considering the limitations imposed by Bortle 8-9 skies, I welcome your inputs on "this is as good as it gets" advice re: where my money is best spent (maybe it's filters, or maybe it means to stretch to 100mm+ ... )
- To other urban-sky-limited refractor users, please give your two cents
Edited by whosthebadman, 21 February 2021 - 03:11 PM.