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Why do you regret buying a large (5”+) refractor for visual? Did you keep it?

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#176 PowerM3

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Posted 02 July 2021 - 11:05 AM

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Wow, what a story!!! That f/12 looks massive. I thought my 178ed f/9 was big... Lol


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Posted 02 July 2021 - 11:14 AM

"Why do you regret buying a large (5”+) refractor for visual? Did you keep it?" Is this a serious question??? Lol. I currently own a Meade 178ed, AP130gt, and fs-128. The data point that I'll add is that I use the 5" all the time! They are a ~3 trip setup on my g11 w/cg5 style tripod. The 178ed gets used much, much rarer as its more of a 10 trip setup on the g11 but with the HD tripod, pier extension, extra cw.... Having said that once the 178ed is setup it is visual nirvana! Just the experience of using such a big refractor makes it worth it. Id never sell it(unless I can afford a 8" at some point down the road). 


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