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Upgrading to a Refractor

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#1 Puddingmonster

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Posted 24 May 2024 - 03:40 AM

Hello!

I've been doing astrophotography for about a year now and I'm looking to upgrade to a larger scope. Right now I'm working with a rokinon 135mm, 533mc pro, and a heq5 pro (and asiar plus). I'd like something with a longer focal length in the 500-700mm range but I'm not too sure what to get. I want a scope for DSO. My main goal is to image nebulas closer up and smaller ones too, but I'd like to also be able to image some galaxies like pinwheel, triangulum and such. My budget is <2k.

I was planning on getting the askar 103apo, but I've heard mixed things about it and that it's a lottery of if your copy is consistent as well as data loss in the ~<420nm spectrum. 

I've seen people talking about the askar phq line, like the 80phq or 107phq, or the apertura 90mm, and these seem like choices I'd be happy with.

There's a ton of info and a ton of scopes and I'm a little overwhelmed so I'm just asking to see what others think.

Thank you!



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Posted 24 May 2024 - 05:00 AM

As far as smaller refractors go, I have an Askar FRA400 and like it a lot.



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Posted 24 May 2024 - 12:33 PM

Askar 103APO is a great scope for the price, just pick up the .8 reducer or even the 1.0 flattener and even with both still under 2k. You can seems some shots on my insta or astrobin

#4 Cliff Hipsher

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Posted 24 May 2024 - 01:26 PM

I'd give an AT115 Triplet a serious look.  Its within your budget, it weighs 13 pounds so its well with in your mount's weight limit.  If you want to go smaller, Astronomics has several to choose from.  I have an AT130 EDT and an AT80ED.  Love 'em both.

 

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Posted 25 May 2024 - 12:10 AM

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