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

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#51 REDSHIFT39

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 10:58 AM

You have a great range of different size refractors.

I have 3 that I all use and love:

 

William Optics Zeinithstar SD 66mm

Skywatcher Equinox 80ED

Astro-tech 125EDL


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 12:18 PM

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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I am not introducing anyone here to Momma!

The best and most important Astronomy accessory is an understanding Wife/Family!:-). 

 

JMD


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 12:26 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

Agree!  The 6 inch really does move you to a different level for visual use.  I would need to go to one of my 10-11 inch mirrored scopes to top mine.  But they are certainly more logistically challenging for setup.   

 

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 12:44 PM

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- 152 LZOS
- TOA130
- FSQ106
- FSQ85

Two of these are in another country. Two at home.

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 01:04 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.

 

Laura

This sounds like a great collection.  But where is the smoke coming from?  Is there a fire on the east slope of the Sandia? I went to UNM and the thing I remember most is the absence of forests near the city.



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Posted 26 July 2021 - 06:48 PM

I'm at an even dozen.,2-60'.,3-70's.,2-80's.,3-102's.,1-120 and 1-127.,Most are inexpensive achro's.,One of the 70's and one of the 102's are ED.,These keep me busy both for the birdies and the stars,., I do still have a little room left in the porch. 

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 06:51 PM

Current lineup in order of acquisition:

 

Meade Infinity 102

Sky-Watcher EvoStar 120ED w/2.5" Moonlite

Astro-Tech AT102ED

Orion ED80 w/GSO dual speed crayford.

 

Future possible additions?

 

Stellarvue SV 102 Access

Astrotech AT72EDII


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 07:09 PM

Agree!  The 6 inch really does move you to a different level for visual use.  I would need to go to one of my 10-11 inch mirrored scopes to top mine.  But they are certainly more logistically challenging for setup.   

 

JMD

so a 6" refractor is close to what a 10" newtonian can do visually? I would think setup is easier for the refractor bc there is no collimation issue.



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Posted 26 July 2021 - 07:11 PM

I'm at an even dozen.,2-60'.,3-70's.,2-80's.,3-102's.,1-120 and 1-127.,Most are inexpensive achro's.,One of the 70's and one of the 102's are ED.,These keep me busy both for the birdies and the stars,., I do still have a little room left in the porch. 

I am definitely not introducing you to momma!

 

You are going on a Hoarders episode! 

 

anyway I feel much less guilty now thanks



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Posted 26 July 2021 - 07:31 PM

so a 6" refractor is close to what a 10" newtonian can do visually? I would think setup is easier for the refractor bc there is no collimation issue.

My 10 and 11 inch scopes will exceed what I can do with the 6 inch scope, provided they are appropriately collimated and acclimated.  I have a nice 8 inch Edge that is a bit of a closer call:-).  I would have to give the nod to the refractor on DSO's with respect to contrast against my light polluted Skies, visually.  My 6 inch AP is an F9 which means it is about a meter and a half long with dew shield etc..:-).  It weighs almost 40 lbs loaded up.  It is lighter than my 11 inch SCT, but harder to handle due to its length.  It is happiest on my 60 lb G11T sitting on a Parallax Pier in my back yard.  My 10 inch dob is much more portable(Jon Issacs is smiling:-).   I could put the Dob in my Pontiac Sunfire.  The Refractor needs my large SUV with one of the seats down.  But in my back yard on a clear night with my prism diagonal and TV eyepieces the refractor's views are really breath taking.   One of these  days I will get up the gumption to haul the kit and kaboodle out to a dark sight.  Or maybe just bring the Dob, lol.......    Anyway, I think you will enjoy your 6 inch scope.  

 

Cheers!

 

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 07:50 PM

I am definitely not introducing you to momma!

 

You are going on a Hoarders episode! 

 

anyway I feel much less guilty now thanks

But remember, you have one more on the way... LOL



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Posted 26 July 2021 - 08:00 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.

There are varying degrees of this .....  I have purchased eleven refractors over the last seven months.  

 

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Posted 26 July 2021 - 08:34 PM

There are varying degrees of this .....  I have purchased eleven refractors over the last seven months.  

 

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Well, at least we know who won the last Powerball... grin.gif


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 08:53 PM

My Refractor Numbers:

 

1 - Burgess/TMB

3 - Celestron

2 - William Optics

3 - TeleVue

3 - Stellarvue

1 - Takahashi



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Posted 26 July 2021 - 09:20 PM

Wow! After looking at those numbers, It seems time for me to say enough is enough!

 

Still, I like every one of my scopes! Each one has its own purpose and personality!


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 10:40 PM

There are varying degrees of this .....  I have purchased eleven refractors over the last seven months.  

 

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you realize that is probably the most beautiful room in Nebraska?


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Posted 26 July 2021 - 10:41 PM

Also the great thing about refractors is we can always buy more nice ones with the logic that if we needed to we could sell them again.


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Posted 27 July 2021 - 06:55 AM

Refractor hoarding is the next step up from eyepiece hoarding...


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Posted 27 July 2021 - 08:42 AM

If I hadn't already seen pictures of Thomas's eyepiece collection, I would say he is practicing a strategy I saw quipped about over on the Eyepiece Forum... there one poster noted that you only needed a single eyepiece paired with a different scope for every object you might want to observe!  lol.gif


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Posted 27 July 2021 - 09:17 AM

I started 20+ years ago and have 2 locations as my excuse to own too many refractors. 

 

Home Location:

TV-60

TV-85

AP-Stowaway (#06 first run of recent design)

AP- Traveler (last production run)

 

Summer Cottage:

AT-60ED

Celestron/Vixxen SS-80

TV-NP-101


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Posted 27 July 2021 - 01:22 PM

As much as I try to reduce the number of refractors I have I have not been able to do so, maybe I have separation anxiety.
All I know is it's easy to find a reason to add another one to the collection.
Current list is;

Orion 80mm St F-5 with 2" focuser
Lunt 80mm Ha solar scope
TMB 92mm F5.5
Edmund's 4" F-15
Tak. 100mm DL F-9
(2) Jaeger's 127mm F-5
TS 130mm F 6.6 apo
APM 6" LZOS F-8 apo
Takahashi FS-152 apo

Would really like a 180mm apo, please help me. Best regards, Richard
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Posted 27 July 2021 - 06:23 PM

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As much as I try to reduce the number of refractors I have I have not been able to do so, maybe I have separation anxiety.
All I know is it's easy to find a reason to add another one to the collection.
Current list is;

Orion 80mm St F-5 with 2" focuser
Lunt 80mm Ha solar scope
TMB 92mm F5.5
Edmund's 4" F-15
Tak. 100mm DL F-9
(2) Jaeger's 127mm F-5
TS 130mm F 6.6 apo
APM 6" LZOS F-8 apo
Takahashi FS-152 apo

Would really like a 180mm apo, please help me. Best regards, Richard

Two 5"  f/5 Jaegers refractors?  I can only think you have two of them because you assembled them from parts ( hate to part with something you built), but why did you build two of them?  Or were you thinking of binoculars, but never got a round tuit?  Get a round  tuit and build that binocular scope.  lol.gif

 

Dom Q.



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Posted 27 July 2021 - 07:43 PM

you realize that is probably the most beautiful room in Nebraska?

I will apply for a tourist destination designation........... thanks



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Posted 27 July 2021 - 07:44 PM

Refractor hoarding is the next step up from eyepiece hoarding...

or step down.....................



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Posted 27 July 2021 - 07:46 PM

As much as I try to reduce the number of refractors I have I have not been able to do so, maybe I have separation anxiety.
All I know is it's easy to find a reason to add another one to the collection.
Current list is;

Orion 80mm St F-5 with 2" focuser
Lunt 80mm Ha solar scope
TMB 92mm F5.5
Edmund's 4" F-15
Tak. 100mm DL F-9
(2) Jaeger's 127mm F-5
TS 130mm F 6.6 apo
APM 6" LZOS F-8 apo
Takahashi FS-152 apo

Would really like a 180mm apo, please help me. Best regards, Richard

I would love to see a photo of the TMB 92




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