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    There has been debate here for a long time over what kind of telescope is
    the best overall. Optical design, portability, suitability for photography,
    ease of use and other factors have been used to argue the merits of various
    scopes. To finally settle this issue, I now submit twelve reasons why a
    refractor is the only real choice for the serious astronomer.


    12. The unwashed masses recognise it as a telescope.

    11. Polished brass and steel are classier than aluminum and plastic.

    10. The reflections off of a lens are cooler than those off of a mirror.
    (Especially if you find yourself in the field of view)

    9. They are long enough to stick out of the dome slit in cartoon
    drawings.

    8. The Feng Shui of the observatory is better. Its best when the building
    is copper and stone, with something like "1886" carved into the lintel.

    7. They don't lose their collimation when you whang your scientific rival
    over the head with one.

    6. It dosn't look like you are getting kinky with R2D2 when you are using
    a refractor. You sit properly at the bottom, and look up through it toward
    the object under observation.

    5. They gently deflect the delicate photons to a distant sharp focus
    rather than slapping them back and forth and jumbling them up.

    4. ALL of the stars are seen in glorious full color, not just a few.

    3. You can't channel Percival Lowell and see the canals of Mars without
    one.

    2. The greatest astronomer, Galileo, used them exclusivly.

    1. Mine is bigger than yours!






    Jeff Schroeder



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    Achro Refractors = Econobox sedans
    Apo Refractors = Sports cars
    Dobs = Pick-up trucks
    Newts on GEM = Panel van
    SCT = SUV
    MCT = Luxury SUV
    Naked Eye = Bicycle riding hippie
    Binoculars = Moped


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    Default Why Refractors are Better!

    I must admit that your discussion is more rational that most that I've
    read. You could of said something about cost.


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    Default Why Refractors are Better!

    I must admit that your discussion is more rational that most that I've
    read. You could of said something about cost.


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    "Jeff R. Schroeder" <190@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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    So punk, answer me this, why are the vast majority of scopes at star parties
    NOT refractors??



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    Jeff R. Schroeder:

    Mike:

    You attend star parties where reflectors are permitted!? Sheesh! Talk
    about low class!

    Davoud

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    In article <Clgae.12187$lP1.1741@newsread1.news.pas.earthlink .net>,
    "Jeff R. Schroeder" <190@earthlink.net> wrote:


    The most salient point: a refractor looks like a telescope. Everything
    else looks like a garbage can on a bunch of plumbing.

    Clear skies.

    --
    Larry Brown
    http://www.antiquetelescopes.org
    http://home.fuse.net/astronomy

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    "Mike" <MA@telus.net> wrote in message


    I think he was pointing out their inherent superiority rather than their
    relative abundance with (apparently)uncommon good humor. But for your
    benefit I'll answer your question:

    Top Reasons for NOT Buying a Refractor:

    10. Pointing the heavy end towards the ground is easier.

    9. Because getting just a lens and no mirrors seems like a rip-off.

    8. Because a dob is like a fat woman, fun to dance with.

    7. Your date gets excited when you use big words like catadioptric.

    6. Its easier to justify owning a pick-up truck with a scope that breaks
    down into 8 pieces, each weighing 68 pounds.

    5. You get a sense of power making photons change directions.

    4. You think girth is more impressive than length.

    3. When you figure the price by the pound its clearly no bargain.

    2. Its the American thing to do.

    1. Your dad told you that only punks use refractors.


    Ed T.



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    "Davoud" <star@sky.net> wrote in message
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    The main man has not answered. ANSWER THE QUESTION!



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    Jeff R. Schroeder wrote:

    12 Does not make those stars with the crosses
    11 Easier viewing of terrestrial heavenly bodies, however requires an
    erector.
    10 Makes people bend to a submissive position
    9 Easier to pull the black paper over the objective gag
    8 Main optic higher above turbulence ground layer making big dob owners
    jealous of the image quality
    8 Easier to track UFOs
    7 No rats nest when taken out of storage
    6 less damage in a rain storm
    5 No need for the latest wizbang collimator
    4 Faster to pack and go if the local get suspicious
    3 Dogs can't pee on the OTA or optics.
    2 Dew shield can be changed to fit the local color scheme
    1 Harder to spill the beer on the optics

    Its only a hobby

    Dan


 

 
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