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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?



    Luis, a super add-on to your XLT 120 is an Orion 16" Pier Extension. It'll add more stability and make things easier on your neck - it did with me
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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Hello AbbN;

    Thanks for the lead. That indeed looks like a great add-on. I may have to spend my allowance this week.

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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Hello Noecrib. I have to go along with the majority here. The smaller, and more affordable APO refractors are great for doing astrophotography, but now the expense of a proper mount comes into play. I have a 120mm and 150mm achromatic refractors which are lessor expensive than the same size in an APO, and I love having the extra aperture for viewing, but with the chromatic aberration are not well suited for astrophotography. Right now, the AP work that I am interested in, is lunar/planetary, so I have the Mak-Cass for that purpose. Now, this brings us all back to KeithBC's post, "Different scopes serve different purposes, which is why many of us have more than one." Thanks for your interesting read thread that I have been following, and best wishes on your refractor decision.
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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    As usual, OleCuss offered you some very good advice.

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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    You are getting some great insite from members. I am reading into your last post but here goes. An 8"SE is a wonderfull place to start, way above the average starter scope. Not to much money, great views, and helps you learn the sky. If you progress into AP by then you will know much more and buy a scope that fits your situation. Big bonus starting with the SE is if you get a scope for AP while it's chugging away you can cruise around with the starter.
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