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    Default APO Refractors, should I get one?



    Hi guys, I just joined and am looking for some advice from you knowledgable lot!

    I'm looking for my first serious scope. I have had a few cheap ones in the past and never been too serious, just casual gazing. I want to get into it a lot more, and I'll be sharing the cost with the folks. I've had a bit of a research and really can't decide between the Schmidt Cas. and plain reflectors for the added aperture or a Refractor. The contrast and everything is pretty appealing to me, especially in the apochromatic refractors.

    My question really is, are APO refractors as awesome as they sound? worth the money? Also it seems a lot of them don't automatically come with a mount. They're gorgeous looking things though I must say. My budget is $1000-$2000

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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Welcome to the forum.

    What kind of observing are you planning on doing with the new scope? Moon? Planets? Clusters? Galaxies? Astrophotography? Different scopes serve different purposes, which is why many of us have more than one.

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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    I'd be starting off with moon and planets mostly as I'm kind of familiar with them, though only through poor quality scopes. Then I'd be going for clusters and hopefully galaxies etc. I understand the schmidt cas' are pretty versatile? I will only be buying the one scope for the time being and near future.

    Thanks for the reply!

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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Quote Originally Posted by noecrib View Post
    Hi guys, I just joined and am looking for some advice from you knowledgable lot!

    I'm looking for my first serious scope. I have had a few cheap ones in the past and never been too serious, just casual gazing. I want to get into it a lot more, and I'll be sharing the cost with the folks. I've had a bit of a research and really can't decide between the Schmidt Cas. and plain reflectors for the added aperture or a Refractor. The contrast and everything is pretty appealing to me, especially in the apochromatic refractors.

    My question really is, are APO refractors as awesome as they sound? worth the money? Also it seems a lot of them don't automatically come with a mount. They're gorgeous looking things though I must say. My budget is $1000-$2000

    I wouldn't get an APO refractor unless you are planning on also getting an expensive mount and camera to go along with it. They are outstanding scopes for AP but the amount of money required to get one big enough for good visuals is well ... more than $2000. Like Keith said, it depends on what you want to get out of your scope.
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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Oh and I live in Country Australia so my skies are nice and dark, if that makes any difference

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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Yeh I was afraid someone would say that... some of the mounts I've seen add maybe 50-100% onto the price!

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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Quote Originally Posted by noecrib View Post
    Yeh I was afraid someone would say that... some of the mounts I've seen add maybe 50-100% onto the price!
    That doesn't mean you can't get an excellent scope. $2000 is more than enough to get started. Especially if you live in a dark area. I wish I had that much to throw down on a scope
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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Hello noecrib,

    There are lots of factors in considering a scope purchase. Cost, type of use you intend for the scope, how much work you are willing to do in order to set up and use the scope, how much time you have to use said scope, and of course storage of such an instrument. The scope also is really the down payment in many ways as you will also need to be looking at eyepieces, and so on as well. I personally prefer having a GEM type mount but many like Dobs for their simplicity and ease of use. I also have a 3.5" Refractor as what many would say is a grab and go scope as my 8" Reflector takes a fair amount of time and work to move and set up. My advice is not to rush into anything but try to really consider your needs. Buying a scope can be something like buying a car. All of us would love to own a super high end car but few of us can find a practical reason for owning such a thing if we could afford it in the first place. A great optical tube is not going to come close to the potential it has with a sub par mount under it or low end eyepieces in the focuser.
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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    Optics are so much fun. My favorite part of physics. In optics you have limitations. Learning the way one factor effects another will help you to understand how to pick the correct tool for the job you want to do. It is not rocket science, but it is science.

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    Default Re: APO Refractors, should I get one?

    I have two APO refractors, an 80mm and a 127mm, and I have two SCT telescopes, a 5" and a 11" and frankly, the view through the APO refractors is spectacular. I much prefer the refractors for viewing due to their contrast and brightness.

    You might wonder why I ended up with the telescopes I have, its been an evolutionary process, many years ago, early 1960's my first telescope was a 50mm Criterion (B&L) refractor, I learned a lot with it, however it was damaged in a move from Alaska to east coast US, and I replaced it with a 5" SCT... The 5" SCT worked well for both viewing and imaging but never produced the views or images I was wanting. I added a 5" refractor to my collection on a good GEM mount with tracking and Views & images are spectacular with it. However, now older and retired, I'm finding I'm more interested in imaging those little fuzzy objects that show up just visable in the range of my existing telescopes so this year I have added a Celestron EdgeHD 11" with the intent of having deeper reach into space with my camera... And so far its working out to my expectations although the 5" APO refractor still is my favorite for general viewing & imaging due to its contrast and sharpness...
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