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    Default Fantasy shoppers this way please...

    So apparently I'm going to be spending the next 6-8 months saving for a new refractor to do some AP..... First of all, I'm not aiming to be a pro and my expectations regarding image quality are low - I'll be happy with an image where you can merely recognise what it is just because I took it - "I did that - "

    So I'm fantasy shopping with roughly £1000/$1500 and the first thing that I am confused about is which does what better and why - 120mm doublet or 80mm triplet? Does the small aperture make it not so good for visual use?

    I want to use the scope for visual observing as well as some AP - what would YOU spend £1000 on and why?

    P.S. Assume that I already have the mount.... don't want to get into that again just now!

    P.P.S. If a doublet would suit - I've found that I can get a 100ED doublet PLUS a matched focal reducer for less than £700...... but my fantasy shopper has aperture fever, will I really notice the difference? Would I regret not pushing to the 120mm?

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    Default Re: Fantasy shoppers this way please...

    For AP, the APO will trump the Aperture in most cases. In fact, the Focal Length of most 120mm F/6.5-F/7 APO Scopes is the bigger draw than the raw Aperture.
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