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    Default Final Decision Made (I Think)



    I think I have finally made a decision on a refractor that will be used exclusively for astrophotography. Considering all of the options, I think the best thing to do would be to use the new refractor in place of my current guide scope which is mounted on top of my SCT. I will use a CGEM to mount both the SCT and the new refractor.

    I considered many options, but in the end what sold me was the comparative light weight and the quality of instrument. I spoke with a rep at astronomics because I was concerned about the reduction in aperture from 80mm to 65. He said it really wouldn't make a discernable difference. I wonder if any of you agree or disagree?

    Here's the refractor. Unfortunately, I have to wait three months before it is available.

    Astronomy Technologies Astro-Tech 65mm ED Quadruplet Astrograph Telescope AT65EDQ | High Point Scientific

    Other options that were under consideration were Orion's new 80mm carbon fiber, a stellarvue, an explorer scientific, and another AT variant. Austin endorsed the Orion, and ordinarily that's enough for me to make the leap, but I did not include the 65mm astrograph in my original plans. Perhaps he would be kind to endorse this one, as well : )

    I hope some of you weigh in on the final decision.
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    Blaise,


    That is a very nice looking scope at a great price! I had never seen this one until now. I read up on the specs at the link you provided. It looks like a great companion to your setup! I would love to see some images taken with this scope.

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    I agree with Jeff, Blaise. I, too, looked at the scope and specs, and given your setup, I think you have made the best decision.
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