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

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#26 SilverLitz


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 03:13 PM

I have 3: SVX130T, Esprit 100, and Vixen FL55ss, each with both FF and FR/FF.  I have 2 cameras: QHY268M and 183mm-Pro, so I have most FoV covered.  I am aiming for the ability to get the FoV covered by 2 separate combos to allow imaging with 2 scope/camera combos at the same time.  I also have an EdgeHD 925 for the very small and camera lenses for the very big.


Here are my potential scope/camera combo overlaps:



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 04:03 PM

I'm down from 7 to 4 in the past year; now only 2 achros and 2 ED APOs. I just realized that the two pairs are the same aperture (80mm/120mm). 



Orion 80ST f/5

Orion 120ST f/5



Orion EON 80mm f/6.25

SW 120 ED f/7.5


I do miss those that were sold (AT60ED, SV102A, Omni XLT 150R) but now this forces me to focus on those that have remained and less analysis-paralysis when the now rare even halfway clear & transparent night presents itself.

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 04:26 PM

9 from a Zeiss-Jena C 63/840 to a TEC 140. I also have a Tak on order. There is no hope for a cure.

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 05:35 PM

I haven't yet caught "the fever." I AM trying, though. At this point I have only a 60mmX700 Japanese scope. It's nice. The mount is an altaz yoke mount, and won't hold position,so I have to either geta new mount or fix that one. 


I want something bigger, low f#. I have the itch.sort of. It's not serious yet. I hope. Perhaps just one more...

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 07:43 PM

Two achromats and four Apochromatic.



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 07:58 PM

Two achromats and four Apochromatic.





That Tak is hung like a ... bazooka.

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 07:58 PM

I have two refractors, a CFF160 f/6.5 and an AP Stowaway 92mm f/6.65.  These are my only two scopes at the moment.  However, I have four(!) mounts: Losmandy GM811 (Losmandy HD tripod), DiscMounts DM-6 w/ encoders (Berlebach Planet), Half Hitch Mk II w/ encoders (Berlebach Uni-24) and a SB Alt-az mount (Bogen Manfrotto).


I've bought and sold a lot of others though, especially in the last few years.  

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 08:10 PM

Six.  All have their place.


1. 60mm f/6 for very wide views and super portable.


2. 80mm hydrogen-alpha solar


3. 80mm, dedicated to while light solar


4. TV-85.  The first telescope I truly enjoyed owning, and not giving it up.  It's green.


5. 102mm.  Light grab-and-go and travel


6. 127mm.  Light enough for garage -> yard and great views.


I think I need more refractors.  I have a 160mm on order, hopefully will get later this 


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Posted 25 July 2021 - 08:12 PM





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Posted 25 July 2021 - 08:39 PM

I have six that I count:


- 60mm F/15 Carton COC 


- Celestron ST-80 with a 2 inch focuser


- AT-80 LE (F/6 FPL-53 Doublet)


- WO Mergez II FD F/6 FPL-53 doublet)


- NP-101


- 120 Orion Eon.  


And then there are several that I don't count because, well just because.  Celestron HD-102 F/10, two ST-80s which are waiting for new homes and some others.  



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 08:49 PM

I have six refractors. I had two, an 85mm and a 102mm. I upgraded to a 92mm and a 115mm. I was supposed to sell the  85 and the 102 ….. but it hasn’t happened, Cant’t get myself to part with them.


the other two are a 70mm and an 80mm for projects that didn’t work out. The Pronto will go to a friend. 

In the meantime, I am waiting for the smoke to clear and our monsoons to end. Grateful for the rain, sorry for the smoke and the serious harm it is causing people.



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 09:00 PM

I have three and may need another to cure my case of Takitis!

SV AT1010 80mm
SV Nighthawk Next Gen 80mm
Tak FC-100DF

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 09:42 PM

Me, one.


Your lineup of a ~ 3", 5" and 6" makes sense though. That 6"er triplet isn’t going to be the most casual thing to use due to size, weight (including mounting requirements) and cool down time, while on the other end the 85mm will be nice and convenient but lacking a bit in the aperture department. Accordingly, something in the 4" to 5" range would be good to have, perhaps closer to 4", but that all depends on the individual.


If you’re looking for a non-enabler to reign you in a bit, I will say that at 5 scopes, ranging from 3" to 16", from refractors to SCT to newt, your lineup is pretty full there. Seems like you’ve got your bases well covered now.


Enjoy that new 6" APO refractor — that’ll be giving you some really nice views for sure cool.gif

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 09:49 PM

It’s all good if you are having fun using them! I have eight refractors ranging from 60mm to 178mm. Six of eight have provided many memorable nights under the night sky. The seventh is awaiting its first light night, one I hope to see soon. The eighth is a build I soon hope to undertake.

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 11:10 PM

I only have these two in the picture's below.

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Posted 25 July 2021 - 11:26 PM

Maybe buy more Dobs to cure the sickness wink.gif



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Posted 25 July 2021 - 11:45 PM

3, used to own 9. 


As the affordability of small quality refractor offerings are increased and the availability of used and good Fluorites/ED refractors, It is very tempting to find a use case for every scenario we can imagine and acting on them. An ED doublet, a Fluorite doublet,  a long focus, a short focal length refractor, a cheap fast achromat for wide field views, a quality triplet for color free views, an antique/classic scope for nostalgia. 


No wonder many of us(including me) have multiple small refractors than one quality bigger refractor. Once I had 9 refractors from 55m Vixen fluorite to TOA 130. Now I have 3.  I've bought and sold many times over I might do it again to experience different refractors. I might be buying again if a decent Sky 90 / Lomo 80 f/6 or 7.5, TMB 92SS or a Nikon ED 65mm shows up.


Only the limitation of space and financial means will put an end to this. This is just a hobby and I will add new refractors when funds/space allow and sell when I need funds/space. Becoming an equipment junkie is a hobby itself along with observing night sky. 

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 12:21 AM

Too many refractors - see my signature - but love them to pieces. I’m a darn fool about getting a new refractor every couple of months. Just donated my 11” f15 D&G to the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. — Got my eyes on both a TV-76 and a Tak 76 now. Is this behavior something that can be cured?

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 12:30 AM

It's even worse when it comes to classics, I reckon. Too many interesting scopes, nowadays there's much less of varieties..

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 12:59 AM

Down to 6.


40mm PST

60mm AP guide scope

80mm SV80ST


TMB/APM 130mm f9



Sold William Optics ZS 80mm 10th anniversary

Gave away a Meade AR5 127mm 

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 06:18 AM

Just three? Pfft. Noob.  grin.gif wink.gif


Fifteen here. At least. grin.gif



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Posted 26 July 2021 - 06:49 AM

I think I have too many

You have committed a serious sin by bringing shame to the refractor forum . lol.gif


Just kidding , you will get more for sure .

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 06:49 AM

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.

My signature says it all:-). I have refractors from 60mm up to 152 mm in 1 inch increments.  Plus a Lunt 60 mm H alpha scope, and duplicates at  80 mm( F15 achro) and 120 mm(F8 Achro).  That is just the refractors.  I do try to use them all.  Do I NEED all of them?  No of course not.  But Astronomy is my one hobby, I do not drink, I do not smoke and I work hard.  Some people collect guns, or baseball cards.   I like telescopes.  Most of my scopes(refractors, Cats, etc...).  are representative of a certain type of design and/or vintage.   Most were obtained used, some for really good deals. 


My 60 mm Sears achro is used by my son when we go out.  He loves it.  My 80 mm Triplet is for wide field imaging.  My TV102 is used for grab and go visual observing primarily at the moment.  My 127 mm AP Starfire I use for both imaging and visual, and my 152 mm F9 AP Starfire I use for planet imaging and visual.  My F15 80 mm Achro is an excellent example of that type of vintage scope that I use occasionally for visual work.  And my 120 mm F8.3 Celestron/Synta is an excellent example of that venerable scope that some day I might convert to H Alpha.  


I am in a place now where the urge to add to the collection has lessened and what I REALLY want is more time under clear skies, lol....   I can see retirement on the horizon and I am looking forward to it.  If I WERE to add another, top of the list would be a TMB 152 mm F8 Triplet with LZOS optics.    


3 refactors is a drop in the bucket, compared to many folks:-). The answer to your question depends on what YOU want to accomplish and what you can afford.  If financial hardship hit, I would sell all my scopes without hesitation, but would try to keep the 80 mm Triplet, the TV 102 and the 127 mm AP.   That would REALLY cover my needs both visually and for imaging.  YMMV.





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Posted 26 July 2021 - 06:52 AM

4 Tele Vues, 6 Sky-Watchers, 2 Takahashis, 2 Vixens. And 5 finders.


Largest 120mm, smallest 66mm. 5 achros 9 apos (including semi EDs). 


Need a new mount. 

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 10:32 AM

I sweat this is the worlds greatest enablers forum.   I have come here for support guys, feedback for the cure on cuttnig down on refractors instead I am about to get two more! Thanks a lot everyone!  I am still missing an APO in the 4" and 60mm class.




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