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    Post What's Your Favorite Refractor Under $1,500?



    Not sure what to say here, so I'm assuming you know what to from here!
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    I was close to buying a 6 inch Achro and the Celestron C-6 seemed like the thing to buy. I think it goes for about $1100 right now. It has gotten v good reviews
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    Easy answer! Most any refractor worth a lot more than $1,500 would do just fine...
    6 inch F/5 GEM mounted reflector

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobDob View Post
    Easy answer! Most any refractor worth a lot more than $1,500 would do just fine...
    Yeah, Maybe this thread with a stupid thing to do . . . but, some scopes like Orion's 120 have reportedly pinched optics . . . ALOT . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celestron View Post
    Yeah, Maybe this thread with a stupid thing to do . . . but, some scopes like Orion's 120 have reportedly pinched optics . . . ALOT . . .
    No, C'ron, not at all stupid, but I did not see the question as serious, more conversational. My apology if you meant it to be serious. I was being conversational and just getting in a "chuckle", or trying to.

    Actually, from what I've been seeing, new gear is coming down and the used gear market is really soft. Its a "buyer's market" without a doubt. As you know, most of what's out there comes from the same rail-head manufacturers. So, with few exceptions, what you get from the "Big Boys", new and used is pretty much the same stuff, just different labels.

    Everybody has their Ford and Chevvy preferences, some like sedans, some like convertibles, and so on. So, get what you'd like and your astro-bucks will allow, and pray for clear skies!

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    ... a Celestron C6-R with a focuser upgrade to a Crayford will land you at about that price ...

    ... I like mine ... lots ...

    ... also ... Meade's AR-6 is suppose to be a very nice scope as well ... you will probably want to upgrade the focuser there as well ...

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    My favorite refractors under 1500.00 U.S. :

    AT 102ED 4"
    SV 102ED 4"
    Vixen ED 100SF APO -3.94"
    Explore Scientific 102mm 4" ED APO

    Astro Telescope 152mm 6" - This may cost alot to mount.

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    Thanks for responses so far. I was mostly joking about the "I shouldn't have done this" but when you get up there, it's kinda obvious they're good.
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    My favourite refractor? Well the one I use the most is a Vixen 5" petzval, but these are no longer made and if it were the OTA would be over $3,000 US.

    Best current value full house at under $1,500 US

    Sky-Watcher 100ED EQ5 Pro ED Refractor Telescope with Syn-Scan - OPT Telescopes

    I own an older version of the OTA in Vixen livery. Hard to beat as a neat planet killer.

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    Hard to beat what Vin has suggested...that is one heckofa deal..

    For an OTA only, I'll take what I have now:

    Astronomy Tech AT102ED 4" f/6.95 ED APO Doublet Refractor

    With the mount I have that would put you around $2k, US. Compared to the SkyWatcher I don't know how much you would really gain. The AT102 is a f6.95 vs. an f9 for the SW, but really... how much of a difference would that make with a 4" aperture?

    Mike

 

 
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