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    Default Final Decision



    After I blew my mount savings on Photoshop, I knew it would be a while before I was able to purchase anything. However, a nice guy bought my Meade LX90 so I am now in the position to purchase the scope I wanted, along with the side by side mount for it (so I can mount it and my guidescope). I will still be using the SW EQ5P GEM, the CGEM will have to wait 3 more months. However, I do want to ask...

    The refractor I am considering is the following:


    Astronomy Technologies Astro-Tech AT65EDQ 65mm f/6 ED quadruplet astrograph

    I do have another option. I can use the Skywatcher 10" newt if I get a Moonlight focuser for it (backfocus issues).

    The issue is the size. The SW newt is a monster, and on the SW EQ5P, it's not going to be the most sturdy AP rig. I would also be pushing the weight limits when you consider DSLR, guidescope and cam. The mount will be much better suited for two smaller refractors mountd side by side.

    If you please, am I making the right call by purchasing the refractor and the side by side Losmandy or ADM and using that over the newt?
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    blaise--

    When you eventually get the CGEM, what scope will you use? The 65mm refractor or the 10" Dobsonian? (I guess the latter has rings; pardon my ignorance.)

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    Hmmm....the AstroTech is a beautiful telescope that's for sure, but if the choice is between that and a fast 10 inch imaging Newtonian .... well, the Newt will have better resolving power, even over the fine glass in the refractor, but it is heavier...the CGEM will take all three telescopes, but the EQ5 is probably at its limit with just the Newt..awww....

    You know you want the refractor. Go for it.

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    Blaise,

    I own the ADM and Losmandy products, the ADM are much lighter and very well built!

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