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how many refractors do you have? I think I have too many

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#1 Ballyhoo

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 12:43 PM

I just purchased my third one, so I have 85mm, 127mm and now I just purchased the ES 152 carbon fiber triplet from another member with a whopping 1216 focal length un-reduced. It comes with and I have already the 3" reducer. 

 

Am I getting sick to have three refractors?  Is  there something wrong with my head?  Perhaps 1 should sell the127 but is has such nice glass, FCD100. I doubt I will use it though since I got a 6" now.


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 12:47 PM

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 12:48 PM

Maybe buy more Dobs to cure the sickness ;)


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#4 frankreed45

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 12:49 PM

I have three and love them all ( 60mm,72mm & 80mm) . The largest and smallest are Stellarvue and the middle size is an Astrotech. Old age will make you do things like this ( used to have an 18 inch Obsession ) . 


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 12:52 PM

I just purchased my third one, so I have 85mm, 127mm and now I just purchased the ES 152 carbon fiber triplet from another member with a whopping 1216 focal length un-reduced. It comes with and I have already the 3" reducer.

Am I getting sick to have three refractors? Is there something wrong with my head? Perhaps 1 should sell the127 but is has such nice glass, FCD100. I doubt I will use it though since I got a 6" now.


Third? 🤣
Counting my little 60mm f9 achro, I have 8. Two-three will be sold soon but its a chore figuring out which ones.
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Posted 25 July 2021 - 12:57 PM

I have only one apochromat(well, nigh apochromatic), but I have a slew of achromats, from 50mm to 90mm.  The achromats bring me back down to Earth, and where I belong.  I have more refractors than reflectors, of course.



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 12:57 PM

Y'all are too much.. you just need two and make sure they are the same so you can stick one in front of each eye. 

This way you'll have two and you'd be using them at the same time as well. Can't get more efficient than that.


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:02 PM

Y'all are too much.. you just need two and make sure they are the same so you can stick one in front of each eye.
This way you'll have two and you'd be using them at the same time as well. Can't get more efficient than that.


Good point. Counting my Nikons, I have 10. 😁
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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:02 PM

I have three, none newer than about 5 years old. They are 350, 663, and 1107 mm of focal length. They are 3, 5, 6 inches of aperture. I think that's a complete set, particularly if you consider using reducers if you want different framing. The only reason I would change out this group would be if there was something demonstrably better at more or less the same focal length.

 

The only one "at risk" is the WO71. I keep wondering if there's something else out there that's around 400mm that would give me better data. 

 

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:12 PM

It could be a good research on number of telescopes and mounts.

 

I have one mount and two refractors. and no more room in the garage :( cars are outside.  LZOS 6''F8 and Istar 6'' F15 and one mount only :(

 

 

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:18 PM

I have 5, i seem still ok, not sick or not that i am aware off..

 

Reason : For ap i just want to have a good choice is different focal length, for framing the objects. Lately i took a chance on NGC 6960, i though my 130 mm at F=910 would be great but after checking the 102 mm at 714 mm was a bit better in leaving just a bit of space around the nebulae..



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:19 PM

Since you asked...twin 8" F13 refractors on an antique Cooke mount, 6" F15 Fecker on Fecker mount, 6" F15 Clark on mount, 4" F15 Clark on mount, several 3" F15 refractors, 4" Bardou refractor, and a bunch of smaller than 3" refractors such as 60MM, 2.5" F30, etc. 


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#13 John Carlini

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:29 PM

Just two refractors.  One is a grab-n-go and one sits in the observatory.

 

However, if you use them all, keep them all.  Otherwise, you may regret selling...


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:29 PM

I had three at one point but kept the best one and sold the other two. I like the simplicity of it. They were all apos, one doublet and two triplets, Two 4" models and one 3" model. Now when I decide to use my refractor, I also have a 7" f/12 DK, the choice is quite simple. 



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:30 PM

Never too many!

 

Seriously though, I expect you'll find each does something better or more conveniently than the others  

 

Like the 127 being easier to move outside than the 152. Bang, slam, whap always a risk... at least for me. My 6 inch f8 Jaegers was frightening to maneuver through the house.

 

Loved it, resolved all the ATM build issues and learned how vital focuser squaring was, but had to sell it. But it never would have left if had been a modern triplet (offsetting the transport issues), not a stunningly well made achromat. 

 

The days your energy level says 'no' on the 152, you'll be using the 127. And be very happy you kept it, I think. I had the 127 or 152 choice too, but in achros, and that was my experience; the 127 was an f5 but weight and diameter were.still significant advantages when moving it.

 

The 5 inch to f8 6 inch difference also reminds me of the decision tree on using the GPS11 or the C8 on an alt az.

 

Personally, I find the 80 / 127 / 152 trio to be a good one if you have to move them for use.


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:35 PM

Nine refractors between 60mm and 90mm.

 

-plus a 60mm objective.

 

-plus a 100mm objective.

 

I did not count my stepson's two unused refractors.

 

Cheers.

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:41 PM

You'll feel better if you get an iOptron AZ Mount Pro and a second saddle.  Mount the two smaller refractors at one time, and invite your main squeeze out for a romantic evening of stargazing.


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:45 PM

Currently just 4. Although, as I age, I keep thinking about a sub 100mm apo

 

Tak TSA 120: Does it all with classy glass

 

Lunt 100 Solar Ha scope: Wonderful solar detail

 

Celestron GT 102 F9.8: My $59 new OTA from OPT for white light solar

 

Celeston (Synta) 102 F5: Killer Night Vision wide field views

 

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:53 PM

 I have three  - if I count the Celestron Travel Scope 70, which I usually don't. However, that number should be increasing shortly. I see no problem with collecting them.lol.gif



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 01:54 PM

I have three and love them all ( 60mm,72mm & 80mm) . The largest and smallest are Stellarvue and the middle size is an Astrotech. Old age will make you do things like this ( used to have an 18 inch Obsession ) . 

You could count the 60 mm as a (very nice) finder and get under the wire that way.  I have the 60 mm Stellarvue and it's not only excellent, it appeals to kids during outreach.



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 02:11 PM

I just have my AT80ED and 120ST now, I did have a ST80 but sold it to my brother-in-law so he could get into the hobby. I do plan to get a couple of nice APO's in the future though, so the collection will be growing. I have other scopes and I have not been a refractor guy that long but its growing on me haha.


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 02:12 PM

Just three here. 
 

My main scope, the big one. And my winter scope, the little one. 
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And my grab and go anytime anywhere.

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 02:13 PM

I'm down to one, and even its future is questionable. 


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 02:42 PM

Two.. one large, one smedium

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 03:06 PM

I have two refractors one medium and one small...

 

AYO FC100DF und FOA 60

 

 


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