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    Default Ten inch or three inch



    Using the same mount, the Orion Atlas GoTo, and same USB camera, I would like your choice between just the Sky-Watcher ProED 80mm Doublet APO Refractor Telescope and Atlas 10 EQ-G reflector for each of these tasks:

    (A) casual viewing.
    (B) Video
    (C) Photography.
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    The Doublet. However, it is not a true APO. It is almost certainly an ED (Extra Dispersion) objective, which is better than a standard achromat but not as good as a triplet APO. For casual viewing, the instrument quality and shorter focal length will make finding things for (A) easier. As for (C) I find more than enough to photograph without using a telescope.

    The only minus is (B). The reflector will perform better on the Moon and planets and will beat the ED 'scope for visual use.

    I bet I'll be in a minority of one here but I would go for the refractor.
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    I do not do either of your first requirements but prefer refractors for viewing.
    Enjoy whichever you choose
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    I prefer my refractor for viewing, and attempting to do video (I am not an astro-imager).
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    You are looking at three different objectives with three different sets of requirements.

    a) Visual Observation = 10" Newtonian/Reflector
    b) Video = Neither of these. Video is used to image the Moon, planets and other Solar System objects. You want a long focal length scope like a MCT/MAK or SCT and to add a Barlow to it.
    c) AstroPhotography = 80mm Doublet APO Refractor

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    The 10" Newtonian/Reflector is not an Astrograph, so it probably will not come into focus with a camera without modification.
    The 80mm is only a Doublet so it will probably have some CA. It would be my second choice for Visual Observing.
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    To this point I have been a viewing only person and I am going to get my socks knocked off my FracZilla probably tomorrow night. The Triplet Refractor would be your best bet at 3 inch 80. But you are getting an ED and if well corrected it will work fine.
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    Save a little more money and get an 80-102 mm APO. I have the Skywatcher 120 Pro and 100 Esprit and love both. I hated the balancing of the newt reflectors and overall size of an empty scope.
    But if you are sticking to the two I would go with the 80mm easily, since my love for the 120 Pro keeps the scope on regular use and even not being a true APO is a solid scope with great views..
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    I asked about of these two scopes which is the best for these tasks. One of these days someone will read one of my questions with a literal side of their brain and say this one is better and not what other scope would be best. If I had unlimited wealth that Ferraii would be in my parking space instead of the Porsche er really the GMC Canyon pickup I have. Simple answers help the newer guy better. Eventually I may get that $4000 scope but not now. Right now I just want to look and maybe stack a video to make a pretty picture. That is it.
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    You are looking at three different tasks, that have three different sets of equipment requirements.
    Neither one of these two scopes is going to be good at all 3 of these tasks.
    There is no one good scope out there to do all three of these tasks at any price!

    a) Visual Observation = 10" Newtonian/Reflector (the Atlas 10 EQ-G reflector)
    b) Video = Neither of these.
    c) AstroPhotography = 80mm Doublet APO Refractor (Sky-Watcher ProED 80mm Doublet APO Refractor) This assumes you mean Deep Sky Object AstroPhotography.

    There are scopes that will be ideal for one task and marginal at others. So you need to decide what is you number one priority.
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    Default Re: Ten inch or three inch

    Your 80mm refractor will let you do that already.
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