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    Default Aperture over quality



    Hi guys.

    So I'm choosing between two telescopes here, one of them is 150mm Bird-Jones newtonian and the other one is 114mm proper (long) newtonian. They are both on equatorial mounts. I was wondering which one would you guys choose? Aperture or better quality (because they said Bird-Jones had worse quality than the others)?

    Any opinions are welcome!!

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    Default Re: Aperture over quality

    Not knowing any more about the scope than that (brand name, for instance) it is impossible to say. There are poorly made Bird-Jones scopes, just as there are poorly made Newtonians. There are well-made Bird-Jones scopes, just as there are well-made Newtonians. All things being equal, 150mm aperture beats 114mm aperture.
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    Default Re: Aperture over quality

    Aperture rules this game.
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    Default Re: Aperture over quality

    Thank for your replies. I was thinking this way too, but just let me tell you the brands, just in case ^^
    The 150mm one is TS Megastar 150/1400mm
    The 114mm one is FOMEI RL-900-114
    Do you find anything bad about any of them?

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    Default Re: Aperture over quality

    The links I can see show the TS with an EQ3-type mount, while the Fomei has a longer tube (which means it can wobble more on a mount) and on an EQ1-type mount, which is neither as strong or as stable as the EQ3.
    On the mount alone the TS wins quite easily.
    Generally aperture rules too- so, on mount and aperture you have a clear winner!!!

    On the down side, the only Bird-Jones scope I have looked through had some quality issues, but it was a different brand and size.
    I know some people say there are collimation problems, but I would think it will stay collimated quite well, unless you dropped it!
    If there are quality issues when you get it, it will be under warranty any way.

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    Default Re: Aperture over quality

    The MOUNT and The APERTURE difference just plain "screams" at me to go with the TS ....

    I still own an old Celestron GT 114 Bird Jones OTA... (its well over 10 years old) and to be quite frank it does work well enough that I can smile after using it...Collimation while nearly impossible to get dead on is not at all hard to get 98-99 percent which is close enough for me...
    All I do is remove the corrector lens in the focus tube...collimate it then put the corrector lens back in the focus tube...only takes 5 seconds longer to collimate the scope over a regular Newt..

    The only drawback (with both scopes) is that any Newt on a Gem mount to me should be called a combination from H.. E ..double hockey puck ...royal pain in the tail end to use without wilcox rings..

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    Default Re: Aperture over quality

    Thank you all for the help! I've decided for the aperture as well. I'll call the guy who is selling it and I hope, I can get it within this weekend. I'll post some feedback after that. Thanks again!
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