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Richard Acosta

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Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« on: December 28, 2017, 08:07:29 PM »
I have a neighbor that is developing an interest in astronomy. He has viewed a couple times thru my 10" dob, and enjoyed some nice late summer and fall objects. He mentioned 300.00 and refractor in the same sentence, and my reaction was to discourage that line of thinking, save for maybe an ST80 on a light alt az mount. I also recommended the AWB one sky. He would have 100.00 left over for a couple eyepieces. I'm watching CL for him, possibly for a 130mm class reflector, as they come up sometimes. He is mid 70's and kind of cool to dobs; too bulky. Any other ideas?

edit; I do have a few eyepieces to get him going, so the budget is for the scope and mount only.



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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017, 02:11:58 AM »
ST80EQ. It comes on a nice little EQ-1 mount and with good Expanse EPs.

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017, 03:36:56 AM »
This one is still reasonably light to move around, reasonably comfortable to employ, and still a large step from the 80 ST

http://agenaastro.co...-eq3-mount.html

Another option could be a 90/1250 MCT (well, it is not a refractor, but basically behaves like one of them)

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2017, 08:23:16 AM »
i ws thinking 5.1 refector as well but a 80mm refractor on az3 can work well

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018, 11:10:09 PM »
6-inch dobsonian is the best bang for the buck out there. Awesome views, stable mount. Any other 6-inch scope at that price point is going to suffer from a shaky mount. A 6-inch dob is not bulky in my book.

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2018, 12:09:59 AM »
Used 8-10" dob. Used 102mm achromat?

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2018, 12:01:22 PM »
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6-inch dobsonian is the best bang for the buck out there. Awesome views, stable mount. Any other 6-inch scope at that price point is going to suffer from a shaky mount. A 6-inch dob is not bulky in my book.

Agreed, but the guy wants a refractor. Just too stubborn.

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 02:50:56 AM »
For a refractor in that budget range, I own and can recommend the Celestron Omni 102 AZ.

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2018, 12:06:16 PM »
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For a refractor in that budget range, I own and can recommend the Celestron Omni 102 AZ.

+1 on this scope and mount. I have it too, can't go wrong for $250.

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2018, 01:32:34 PM »
Good input so far, thankyou. I know that a dob is the best bang for the buck, but really don't think that is an option. I'll have him look thru my 10" some more, and set up the ST80 at the same time to show the difference. The explore scientific looks interesting, something new. Long focal length Acromat. I read some good reviews about that Celestron fairly recently too; wasn't that on a heavily discounted sale price some months ago?

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2018, 02:16:43 PM »
How about this one: http://www.skiesunli...xlt-az-102.html
Just creeps in at $289 102mm and f/6.5

You might also find out if he wants manual - likely I suspect - as there is the Meade ETX-80 for a smallish wide field goto.
Suggest it as the Meade is fairly easy to set up and perform the alignment and he might find it OK if he can get by with the #494 handset that is a little restrictive in some ways. One problem is that he may need to know what to go and look at rather then search around. Slight problem of a goto is that you have to tell it where to go to.

Other sort of standard item are the 90mm 900mm focal length scopes, pretty good all rounders however.
http://www.skiesunli...aster-90az.html

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2018, 11:18:27 PM »
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For a refractor in that budget range, I own and can recommend the Celestron Omni 102 AZ.

I agree great scope and mount for the price. Check the refractor forum. Several recent topics on this offering

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2018, 02:41:54 AM »
A search turned up that Celestron 102 az selling for 168.00- 172.00 for a few days in September....hope some folks took advantage of that.

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2018, 04:08:33 AM »
Yes I did! Hopefully it will drop again

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Re: Scope setup for 300.00. Any ideas?
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2018, 04:24:19 AM »
The Celestron 102mm AZ is still well under the stated budget...

https://www.bhphotov...2,&Q=&A=details
https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/B014EQ1LB2

But I'm wondering as to what the gentleman's observing interests would be. If observing from a light-polluted locale, and with the Moon and planets and the brightest of DSOs visible, then you might want to revisit a Dobsonian, and a 6" f/8. The Orion variant has perhaps the best primary mirror cell, if not the best focusser...

http://www.telescope...yCategoryId=398

Or, the Sky-Watcher variant with a 2" focusser...

https://www.astronom...tor_p20339.aspx

A Maksutov would be ideal, too, but to a lesser extent due to budget constraints and perhaps the need for go-to.