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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500



    Alright thanks everyone, this is all tremendous help. If I end up getting a refractor I am almost certain I will get the Sky-Watcher 100ED. I have one more question though, would getting a reflector and/or cassegrain for $1500 offer much better detail, and magnification of both planets and deep space objects? Even if it is not as good at astro-photography as a refractor, I still do need a go-to mount regardless though, I also assume that the Celestron AVX mount would work with most reflectors.

    * I just game across this, its under my budget but still looks good, would it out-perform the refractor and be able to do astro still? Celestron Advanced VX 8": or maybe there's still a step up for reflectors in my price range.

    ... or this Cassegrain 6" AVX
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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Don't know how I missed this thread but I suppose better late is better than never Well we all have our own tastes and preferences in this hobby and if you look at my signature you'll see what I prefer/like. I have no desire a SCT but that's me . If I had $1500 to spend on a new refractor and that $1500 would have to include a mount, not taking into account what I already have, I'd consider either the previously mentioned Celestron CR6 (and it IS a monster) or an Explore Scientific AR152 with an AVX or possibly (or in my case probably ) an Explore Scientific Twilight II mount with a pier extension. The Celestron would probably be the better of the two for planetary/moon viewing because it's longer focal length (F8) whereas the AR152 has a shorter focal length (F6.5) and is better for clusters and wider views. Both are very well liked scopes. As for the Sky Watcher 100ED, I'd consider it only if I was going to do astrophotography and needed a mount such as the AVX as together they'd fit within the $1500 budget.

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

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    Don't know how I missed this thread but I suppose better late is better than never Well we all have our own tastes and preferences in this hobby and if you look at my signature you'll see what I prefer/like. I have no desire a SCT but that's me . If I had $1500 to spend on a new refractor and that $1500 would have to include a mount, not taking into account what I already have, I'd consider either the previously mentioned Celestron CR6 (and it IS a monster) or an Explore Scientific AR152 with an AVX or possibly (or in my case probably ) an Explore Scientific Twilight II mount with a pier extension. The Celestron would probably be the better of the two for planetary/moon viewing because it's longer focal length (F8) whereas the AR152 has a shorter focal length (F6.5) and is better for clusters and wider views. Both are very well liked scopes. As for the Sky Watcher 100ED, I'd consider it only if I was going to do astrophotography and needed a mount such as the AVX as together they'd fit within the $1500 budget.

    What ever you end up with, good luck!
    Thanks, I did really like the CR-6 and the price is great for what you get, the only thing that was preventing me from buying it was the fact it wasn't an APO. Do you know how much of a difference that would make in the specific scope?

    Does anyone have any insight into this? Its a Celestron 8" Cassegrain, looks like its capable of a lot.

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    My advice would be to think not only about what you want to do now, but also what you want to do in the future. If your inclinations lean toward visual observations I'd suggest that you put more money into the scope than the mount. Remember aperature rules for visual observation. If you are leaning more toward astrophotography then spend as much as you can on the mount and buy a better scope later. Mount stability is key for astrophotography. I can assure you that your first scope and mount will just be the tip of the iceberg. Make sure one of the two that you buy now suits your longer term objectives. Just my two cents. Best of luck and keep us posted.
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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Quote Originally Posted by Syadin View Post
    Thanks, I did really like the CR-6 and the price is great for what you get, the only thing that was preventing me from buying it was the fact it wasn't an APO. Do you know how much of a difference that would make in the specific scope?

    Does anyone have any insight into this? Its a Celestron 8" Cassegrain, looks like its capable of a lot.

    I'm amazed at what a helpful community this is.
    That's a terrific scope, a true classic. But if you are prepared to stretch the budget to $2,000 I would seriously consider getting this mount with the Celestron C8 Edge HD SCT, they are currently being offered for a very good price. The Edge optics are first rate delivering pin point stars to the edge of the field while the scope, with proper accessories, can be used at f/2, f/7, and f/10 for imaging. The addition of a Barlow or Powermate will make these very capable planetary imaging scopes as well...

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    In this budget range I would also consider the Ioptron ZEQ25 as a possible mount option, over the AVX mount. The ZEQ25 is a very capable mount. The mount can handle the 100 OTA mentioned or the 8 inch sct mentioned. The ZEQ25 is fast to polar align in the field and very portable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Campbellag View Post
    My advice would be to think not only about what you want to do now, but also what you want to do in the future. If your inclinations lean toward visual observations I'd suggest that you put more money into the scope than the mount. Remember aperature rules for visual observation. If you are leaning more toward astrophotography then spend as much as you can on the mount and buy a better scope later. Mount stability is key for astrophotography. I can assure you that your first scope and mount will just be the tip of the iceberg. Make sure one of the two that you buy now suits your longer term objectives. Just my two cents. Best of luck and keep us posted.
    True. As for an APO, if you are planing on getting into AP, then you should consider an APO (and greatly increase your budget!!!!) because for visual use only, you may not see the big $$$ difference between an ACHRO and an APO. I know I couldn't justify the $$ difference, especially here in my highly light polluted area.

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Personally I think the SW100ED and an SCT might get in each other's way. Both are longer focal length instruments.

    There's an old saying that "the best telescope is the one you've got." I wouldn't worry so much now about needing two telescopes. You may find that you have multiple scopes down the line, anyway, almost all of us do. I would start with one, such as the Sky Watcher and see how that suits you for awhile.
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    i think that the CR-6 is a bit heavy for the AVX mount unless you just do visual.... if you have an imaging train for CR-6 you will need a bigger mount like CGEM or CGEM DX also the CR-6 will hit the tripod legs at high altitudes and there is no peir ext for AVX yet that i know the AVX is a great mount i love it but end up using my 80mm ED more then 6'' it just easier to set up i just bought old meade seires 5000 127mm triplet apo and it too with imaging train seem a bit heavy but usable id say 100mm would be perfect on the AVX if you go bigger get bigger mount
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    I could be wrong but I thought I read somewhere that the 16" Orion Pier extension will fit on the AVX - it does on the CG5. In all seriousness, if I were to get into AP I'd seriously consider Sky-Watcher BK 120ED scope on an EQ6 SynScan GPS tripos/mount - it's a combo that sells for about $3200. The EQ6 runs just over $1600 and the scope I think goes for $1700 by itself. AP ain't cheap and thankfully my interests are still visual!

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