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    Default APO time?



    As recently as a week ago I said that I had almost no interest in owning an APO. I guess that "almost" was the operative word. This time of year, with all of the sales, is my year-end gift to myself. I try and branch out and try something new. Last year it was a large aperture fast refractor. For this year I was considering an ES AR102. Although it's a fine scope it would be redundant a number of times over. I think it might be time for an APO. This would be strictly for visual. While 100/102mm would be great my budget will keep me at 80mm.

    Two scopes are getting my attention. One is the ES Essential 80mm triplet. The other is the Orion 80ED doublet. Both are within a budget of $550. My tendency goes to the ES. Any thoughts? Anything I'm missing APO-wise that would serve me well within the stated budget?
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    Default Re: APO time?

    I own the ES 80mm APO and love it. Even more, I love the customer service from ES! This scope at a dark site performs and performs and performs.

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    Default Re: APO time?

    Wish you good fortune with which ever scope you purchase. Will keep an eye out for he first light report. Clear skies
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    I just got the ED80 (ES), LOOOOOVE IT!!!
    .. and haven't even taken it to a dark place
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    Default Re: APO time?

    Thanks for the comments. I think I'm leaning towards the ES for some definite reasons. First, I am very familiar with the build quality and outstanding CS/warranty. Plus the ES is a triplet and the 80ED doublet seems less like a "true" APO (although I'm sure that isn't quite true). I'm not thrilled by the ES dovetail but that can be changed with rings.
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    Default Re: APO time?

    I am slowly climbing my way up to better glass, and haven't been disappointed with the better glass yet. I imagine you will like that triplet a lot, it's next on my short list.
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    I love my ES 80, I have the carbon fiber. It is a solid telescope with the optional field flattener the field of view is great. I found a little adjustment with the drawtube helps handle heavy cameras with little to no issue. My QSI wsg 5 has been great with it. I wish the draw tube had more back focus, I have to use both extender to images with either my CCD or DSLR but once you know where focus and balance point is not much of an issue.
    When I saw your post APO time? I thought simply yes it is. I have a C8 that I am slow to sell but use it rarely between my APOs.
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    This will also give me a point of comparison for evaluating other optics. My Yuzhong 80 comes immediately to mind.
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    Default Re: APO time?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogan View Post
    I'm not thrilled by the ES dovetail but that can be changed with rings.
    The dovetail on the ES 80 ED APO is a standard "Vixen" dovetail. It is also easily removed if you need to affix this scope to a larger scope/mount via rings.

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    Default Re: APO time?

    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    The dovetail on the ES 80 ED APO is a standard "Vixen" dovetail. It is also easily removed if you need to affix this scope to a larger scope/mount via rings.

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