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    Default Maybe I want one of these?



    Hello everybody,
    I have a Celestron Nexstar 6SE with 6.3 red. and use ZWOASI 224MC and my Sony a6000 to try and capture images of what ever I can find in the sky that night. I'm not wanting to Capture "Hubble" like images or spend 6 hours taking hundred of images just to spend countless hours processing those images, nothing wrong with that, I am having fun running "Live stack" on Sharpcap Pro. However, in the place I live it's hard to find those DSO's I long for, even long exposures don't help much.

    I have asked a lot of questions about using a refractor and have come up with I need to get an 80mm APO and gotoEQ mount but I look back at a Celestron XLT 150 reflector on a CG4 mount with motor drives. Months ago I could easily find M42 and learned how to use the polar scope and collimate it for great tracking. It worked very well with ZWO and Sony a6000 but I tried and tried and couldn't locate much more than a few star clusters. I traded it off...

    Now I'm wanting to check out the reflector world and I'm thinking about an 8" f/4 or 5 and a good goto EQ mount. Keep in mind I'm mostly wanting to see more DSO's and try to capture some images, not blow wads of money and hours of time.
    Not asking much huh?

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    Default Re: Maybe I want one of these?

    I have very little experience with an astrograph, I've never owned one and have looked through one on only a couple of occasions. I found the view to be very soft. The images I saw that were taken through the scopes were very nice, but visually it just didn't wow me. If I were using it for mostly visual with the occasional go at AP, I would probably get a different scope, well no probably about it, I would get the refractor and if I need a light bucket for visually finding those dim fuzzies, I would have a Dob.

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    Default Re: Maybe I want one of these?

    Thanks for the reply Ozman13,
    I for some reason have always found myself attracted to the Dob's, I even have an old Hardin 8" f/5 Dob I got in trade. While M42 was still in the sky above the trees I played with the Dob and located M42 in the 25 mm EP. Not too impressed, the image was small but somewhat visible so I tried my Sony a6000 and the image flew past so fast it took very high shutter speed at max ISO to capture a bad image. Skywatcher's 10" goto retractable Dob caught my attention! I can deal with it's size and weight with no problem, it should downsize enough to fit in the RV for a trip or even the back seat of my F150 Lariat. Can a Dob at least 10" f/5 show me more in my location? The lightmap.info chart shows my location at 5.85 value.

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    Default Re: Maybe I want one of these?

    I do not have Skywatcher's Dob, but I would be very interested in one. The aperture is nice (10" gathers a lot of light) and goto with tracking is nice too (especially if you can work the scope manually as well). And I understand that since it is collapsible, you can easily focus a DSLR (something most Dob's can't easily do) and do good short exposure DSO imaging.

    As far as showing you more, light pollution varies so there may be times when the extra aperture will be of no benefit, and times when you would have MISSED seeing that dim galaxy on the bucket list if you hadn't had the extra aperture, if you can feasibly acquire, transport, and use extra aperture, get extra aperture.

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    Default Re: Maybe I want one of these?

    Which refractor would you get?

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    Default Re: Maybe I want one of these?

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    Which refractor would you get?
    If it were within my means, I would likely get a Stellarvue refractor. If that were just beyond me, I would look at the Explore Scientific triplets.

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