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    Default Recommend a Refractor for $1500



    I'm looking to be buying a telescope soon, I'm pretty sure I want to get a refractor. What would you recommend me that is around $1500? I'm am most interested in seeing high-quality visuals of planets, however, I'd like to see deep space too. Please tell me how far said telescope would see, and the benefits, or any other general information. It defiantly has to be apochromatic, I also am beginning to have an interest in astrophotography and will therefore need a mount with go-to capabilities.

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    Here's a refractor that seemed to look pretty good: Orion ED80 Apochromatic Refractor w/ with Sirius mount

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Aside from casual lunar work an 80mm is too small for planetary in my book. I'd plus up to a Skywatcher SW100ED Pro ($750 US) and a Celestron Advanced VX GEM ($799). This is a bit over $1500, but it is a killer combo that could keep you busy for years It will give you crisp, color-free views, excellent GoTo and tracking, and is a very capable imaging scope. With the Skywatcher you get a lot of goodies including two decent eyepieces, a 9x50 finder w/ bracket, 2" diagonal, 1.25"/2" adapter, mounting rings and dovetail, and a nice aluminum case...this is one of the best deals in amateur astronomy equipment available today!

    Here is my SW100ED Pro on a Sirius mount (similar in size to the Advanced VX, but a bit more expensive):



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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Wow that's a really nice scope! Thanks for the info, I am really taking it into consideration. I figured I might have had to go over my limit a few hundred anyways.

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Sayadin,

    This is not an APO, but it fits everything else that you want. It's a good planetary scope that is large enough in aperture to be good for DSO and a mount that would be AP capable. It fits your price point too. Just one to consider in your quest.

    http://www.optcorp.com/celestron-6in...ope-22020.html

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Quote Originally Posted by BKBrown View Post
    Aside from casual lunar work an 80mm is too small for planetary in my book. I'd plus up to a Skywatcher SW100ED Pro ($750 US) and a Celestron Advanced VX GEM ($799). This is a bit over $1500, but it is a killer combo that could keep you busy for years It will give you crisp, color-free views, excellent GoTo and tracking, and is a very capable imaging scope. With the Skywatcher you get a lot of goodies including two decent eyepieces, a 9x50 finder w/ bracket, 2" diagonal, 1.25"/2" adapter, mounting rings and dovetail, and a nice aluminum case...this is one of the best deals in amateur astronomy equipment available today!

    Here is my SW100ED Pro on a Sirius mount (similar in size to the Advanced VX, but a bit more expensive):



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    This would be my recommendations as well ....... $1500 budget restricts you into ED territory rather than full-on triplet apochromats and smaller than 4" aperture won't give you the visuals you are looking for on planets.
    The SW100ED Pro has very nice mostly colour-free views, when I was shopping I could only see the CA on Jupiter, Venus and Moon.
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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

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    Yeah I see that the SW100 is defiantly a nicer scope, say I were to spend 2000$, take into account I need a mount still though, however, will spending that extra $500 offer a significant difference in quality of the scope I get? Because if so I may be tempted to spend extra.

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Quote Originally Posted by Kunama View Post
    This would be my recommendations as well ....... $1500 budget restricts you into ED territory rather than full-on triplet apochromats and smaller than 4" aperture won't give you the visuals you are looking for on planets.
    The SW100ED Pro has very nice mostly colour-free views, when I was shopping I could only see the CA on Jupiter, Venus and Moon.
    The only time I have seen color (in focus!) is Vega and Sirius, and just the least little touch; never on Jupiter but occasionally a bit on the Moon. I have also found that when using high end (TeleVue, Pentax) eyepieces I see no color (even on the Moon), which leads me to suspect that color I have seen was likely introduced by the eyepiece and not the objective. That has consistently been my experience...

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Quote Originally Posted by Syadin View Post
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    Yeah I see that the SW100 is defiantly a nicer scope, say I were to spend 2000$, take into account I need a mount still though, however, will spending that extra $500 offer a significant difference in quality of the scope I get? Because if so I may be tempted to spend extra.
    One of the big advantages for the SW100ED is the fact that it only weighs seven pounds (say 3.2 kg), making it very easy to mount. If you pushed up a bit and picked up something like the ES127ED triplet, you would more than double the weight of the OTA and probably need a beefier mount to use it comfortably (at least for AP). An SW120ED Pro would only be four pounds heavier, but it costs more than twice as much as the 100ED model. Just something to think about

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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    I'll echo the sentiments on the SW100ED. It is a nice scope and very light-weight for its size.

    About the Celestron C6-R...they call that the "yard cannon", don't they?

    The SW100ED is still small enough that you can do *some* DSO AP. I have, and so have others, but it's rather slow optically and not "ideal" for DSO work. Typically with telescopes the optical qualities that might make it very good for planetary work make it NOT good for DSO, and vice versa. A shorter focal APO refractor is excellent for many nebulae, open clusters, etc., but mediocre for galaxies and globular clusters, and planets will be tiny. A longer focal length refractor will let you look at and image galaxies and globular clusters, but is simply too much magnification for many DSO objects. You end up having to do mosaic images that are very time-consuming (unless that's your thing).

    If you're into planetary imaging/viewing, Schmidt-Cassegrains may be worth considering. I've only had it out a few times, but I love my 9.25" SCT.

    In the end though, if you want a versatile scope that can do a little bit of everything pretty well that's not too expensive, the SW100ED is tough to beat.
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    Default Re: Recommend a Refractor for $1500

    Syadin, if you want to spend an extra $500 I recommend you spend it on eyepieces as the scope Brian recommended is certainly good enough to keep one going in this hobby for Eons.
    many spend their budget on the mount and scope and then use mediocre eyepieces, much like people who buy the best camera lenses and then put a piece of cheap glass or plastic in front of it to "protect" it.
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