A couple of months ago I bought a new AT80ed, then, the other night, Someone was selling an older vixen 80mm fluorite and I jumped on it because it is kind of a magical telescope to me. So, soon I will have two 80mm refractors. One is new and shiny, the other is older and pedigreed.
I'm definitely going to hang on to the Vixen, but I don't know if I should hang on to the AT. The vixen is f8 and the AT is f7. Can you think of any reason to keep them both? I mean in reference to the classic besides fl alone. They'd be sharing a mount
Sell the AT80ED. If you don't have a top-tier diagonal, use the $$$ for that accessory. I liked the AT102ED that I bought new, but I sold it -- now looking at a Tak or Vixen 102 Fluorite (Classic preferred, of course).
I bought a mint Vixen FL80S from Koji here on CN. Definitely a top-tier APO. Sold it, too... but, I'm going for the CHAS Shortest Time of Telescope Ownership Award...
Honestly: The older I get, and the cloudier the weather at The Swamp gets, I've experienced the: Why haul out a 60mm when 80mm is no more trouble... TO: Why haul out an 80mm when a 102mm is no more trouble... At this rate, I'll probably wind up with several Classic 4" refractors, and few or none smaller than that.