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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500



    im not sure what it is about refractor buffs, actually i do own 4 refractors- if you wanna image, forget the acros- but seriously- if you want to image the planets and view DSO- get a larger newt or SCT- for planetary its all about aperature and f/l- with that being said- you need to be concerned about getting a decent mount
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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    well for $1,549 you could get a skywatcher 120ed apo, and it's fpl3 53 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...G&A=details&Q=... not a bad deal imo. 900mm focal length with a 5x apo barlow, or even a 2x would be great for visual. If you need a cheap but reliable mount look for a used CG5 for $400-500. I'd get the mount first and wait until you can reafford the scope lol, you wont regret it.
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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Quote Originally Posted by dkordella View Post
    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.
    I agree with the notion of picking one or the other, I think the OP is just entertaining options at this point. When starting out I think it's tough to beat the ease-of-use of a well corrected, light weight refractor...especially one with lots of essential goodies included

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Quote Originally Posted by spit View Post
    im not sure what it is about refractor buffs, actually i do own 4 refractors- if you wanna image, forget the acros- but seriously- if you want to image the planets and view DSO- get a larger newt or SCT- for planetary its all about aperature and f/l- with that being said- you need to be concerned about getting a decent mount
    Now that you say that, at first I had my heart set on a refractor but stumbled upon this SCT: Celestron AVX 8" SCT


    What are your thoughts on this? It seems very capable of imaging and like it would give some nice views of both planetary and deep space objects. I assume the "folded scope" nature of the SCT would make this a very powerful scope? I'll consider the mount I get, It would be nice to buy the scope and mount separate, however, the ease of buying a bundle is appealing.

    ..Or would this possibly be the better choice due to the bigger mount so I don't go over the 50% astro-photography weight threshold? Orion Atlas 8" EQ-G Reflector. What would the imaging and visual capabilities between these two scopes be?

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Decisions, decisions

    If you are narrowing down to the Celestron AVX 8", the Orion Atlas 8" or the SW100...

    I suspect you wont be disappointed with any of them: all would be great telescopes, and all are capable of a lot of ap or visual use. The AVX 8" is, as has been noted above, a "classic"- good optics, capable of good photos, very good for planetary work, and with accessories you can go wide-field as well. It is relatively light and easy to carry around, and will do you for many years.
    The Orion has the same light-gathering power, and with that mount it will take good photos as well; and is quite fast without having to add reducers/correctors like the AVX 8. But, it will probably show some coma due to the fast f-ratio, it may not be as good for planetary work, and it is a lot heavier to carry around: that mount is a monster! The mount of course will handle just about anything you put on it and will last you forever- so if you get another scope down the track it will most likely be fine on that mount.
    The SW100 will also give great images, with maybe a small amount of CA for imaging. Like the AVX 8 it is relatively easy to carry around, and you will be very happy with the images for many years. It is only a 4" though, with only 1/4 of the light-gathering power of the 8" scopes.

    It sounds to me like you are pretty keen, and as such I suspect that you will indeed get extra equipment in the future, when you are more certain of exactly what you want/need. In that case I would go for the AVX 8" as probably the most versatile of any of these, with options for upgrading for wider-field/ faster f-ratio work, and very portable. That way too, you keep close to your original budget, you can do all that you originally intended- and then have more money to play with down the track for eyepieces, cameras, focal reducers, extra telescopes, etc.

    The 8" SCT's have been the most popular scope for many years for these reasons- and they still do the job!

    Good luck, and all the best with your choices.

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