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    Default Vixen 80mm ED or Orion 120ST



    We're really leaning towards a refractor because of the versatility and size (huge issue for us). We have the ability to purchase a new Vixen 80mm ED with mount at dealer cost or pay full retail for an Orion 120ST. What would you choose? Is it better to get top quality and smaller aperature, or larger aperature and deal with the fact that it's short tube (so not so stellar planetary viewing and the CA it will cause)?

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    Hi orion spotter ...It would be an easy decision for me ..But it would come down th personal preferance ..You can get around the focal length issue with a high quality barlow or powermate ...I would choose the better glass scope ...ED , even though its a smaller aperture , i think the quality of the glass will make up for the difference ..Chech these guys astro telescope brand , they are prety nice scopes for the money ... Hands On Optics :: Telescopes, Accessories, CCD and Digital Cameras
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