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Title: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Joe Hall on December 24, 2017, 03:10:52 AM
Hello all

I am interested in two things:

Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
And that of your scopes do you use less than you anticipated, and why?
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Corey Howell on December 28, 2017, 01:33:55 AM
I use my Celestron C8N ASGT (8" f/5 newt on GOTO GEM) less than I had expected. Scope plus mount is a bit much to lug around, and my GOTO is sometimes squirrley, including doing random slews. Haven't isolated the cause to cable/connector/board as yet.

I don't use my '80s Celestron Comet Catcher much anymore. Just lean toward the more general purpose scopes for my visual-only observing. Plus, collimation of that SN is complicated by having to remove the corrector to adjust the secondary tilt.

I use my Nextar 6SE a bunch. Does a nice job, and is quite portable.

I use my 8" f/6 dob a lot, the best performer in my stable of modest scopes.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Jon Venning on December 30, 2017, 11:14:52 AM
Most used this year has been my Meade 152ED due to portability, questionable seeing, and more clear Planetary/Lunar nights than DSO nights.
My least used is my NS11GPS (and old staple) as It's more or less been replaced with a Fast Newt (for wide-field) and a C14 for Globular Clusters/Faint fuzzies.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: exmartata on January 03, 2018, 11:43:37 AM
Skywatcher 8" dob used most, it just does everything, stable, easy to use, has the largest aperture of all my scopes, holds collimation like a champ, and is really not as cumbersome as some people think. This is a relaxation hobby for me, and so simplicity in an observing session is important and there is nothing simpler than haul out the base, plop the OTA on the base, add heater straps (optional but recommended), and start observing. And just running the straps, the Celestron PowerTank works for hours with no significant power drain.

6SE is least used. I got it to try a goto/tracking scope and to try video astronomy, but found I did not really like video, too many wires and fumbling with the display positioning (the simplicity thing). I am not heavily into planetary observing, tending to hit planets at dusk as a warmup before moving on to DSOs, so I have found manual tracking of the dob to be sufficient for my interests as I never go above 218x. As for goto, I find I enjoy star hopping more than goto system alignment as it provides a stronger connection with the sky. And again there is that annoying wire with the 6SE goto mount. Add that it has cool down time comparable with the dob, and it does not have any advantage for winter observing.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: tioteyclasbeat on January 08, 2018, 06:39:41 AM
Nexstar 6SE by a large margin. It´s simple to set up and align, reasonable good goto and tracking, and the tour function alone is like having an automatically generated observing list for the night.

Close second would now be my 6" skyquest, which is serving Grab and Go functions atm. I can pick it up ota and base together, move to the patio in one trip and sit back and enjoy.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: byhodete on January 09, 2018, 07:36:15 PM
My heavy hitters are the C8 on a used EVO-8 mount. Second place is an AT72mm EDRefractor. Why? The EVO mount and the C8 provide a great viewing platform which isstable compared to my SE Mount. The views of the AT72 are wonderful, great optics and forgiving for doing minor astrophotography.Third place is a Orion ST80 which does a great job on stars as well as my Stellarview 80mm but not quite used as much.Gary
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: bankrybettdog on January 10, 2018, 01:29:54 AM
Well, I've got two telescopes right now, so one must be the winner and one the loser.

The winner is clearly the 8" f/6 truss dob. I can carry it in one hand (25 lbs. total) and I store it out on my covered porch, so it goes right out with me when I want to observe in one trip, eyepieces and binos in a shoulder bag.

The loser is the 4.5" f/8 that I built as my first telescope. It was glorious when it was all I had, but with the heavy plywood tube and mount, it is no easier to take out than the 8" and you haven't experienced the WOW factor until you've gone up in aperture by a factor of 2. The pipe mount is also inferior in smoothness.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Jon Beckner on January 10, 2018, 02:48:11 AM
Most (who do not have a fixed site / observatory / at home / etc. / where the scope is permanently set up) use the scope that's MOST PORTABLE. If you need to "go somewhere" (like a park or other dark location to observe) - PORTABILITY outweighs all other factors - if your scope is too heavy, too cumbersome, too hard to lift and set up - it will sit in the closet, your office, etc. and you will "go out" with it less and less...especially as you get older and your back simply can't handle the lifting.If your scope is portable, and you can lift it easily, and set it up quickly - you will tend to use it much more frequently.And that's one of the reasons "grap and go" nomenclature has become so commonplace today with today's amateurs.My advice - get the largest aperture you can easily transport and set up.I was using a Celestron Nexstar 6SE but found at 71 I still can handle a bit more - so I moved up to a 8SE.Breaks down into two parts (OTA / mount and tripod) both UNDER 20#'s (my lifting weight limit) and I can set it up and be observing / aligned and everything in 5 minutes!!!I'd like to have a 9.25 or a 10 - but they are just too heavy - so the 8" is my limit.Mike P (Ballston Lake, NY)
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Devon Dank on January 10, 2018, 08:06:28 AM
10" dob. My favorite right now.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Gary Allen on January 10, 2018, 04:08:10 PM
My binos, they can be counted as a scope? The light gathering is close to the bigger things, stability and magnification not. But the versatility is unbeatable.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: tricacotin on January 11, 2018, 03:36:37 AM
I've become fairly equal usage between a TV76 on a Panoramic mount and a de-forked ETX 125 on a cheap Celestron alt-az. The TV gets probably 60-65% of my eye time and the ETX 35-40%. Being mostly a lunar and planetary viewer here in the muddy, light polluted skies of NW Indiana, the ETX is nice when I get that good night to bump up the power. Of course, the dreaded aperture fever hit me and I couldn't pass up a really great deal on an old Celestron 150mm refractor. It is the third one I have owned, sigh... I'm assembling an appropriate alt-az mount for it because there is something really satisfying about looking at craters through 6" of glass. We'll see how it fits in as time goes on.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: swarfestmatvo on January 11, 2018, 11:02:11 AM
Though I've got plenty of aperture available, my two most used scopes are my two 4-inch refractors. Why? Ease of use. The NP101 is set up in the garage, and whenever I want to go out to the driveway for a 30 minute session, (often at 2 or 3am) the setup involves carrying the scope 20 feet out the door and adding an eyepiece, all of which takes 60 seconds.

My Traveler is always set to go out the door if I want to do a quick run to a remote site. Load time is less than 5 minutes, including snacks. :-) Setup the same. I'm also into larger scale views at the moment, so it is a nice combo of aperture and FOV.

Least used? Sadly, the 24 inch. Used now only for multiple night sessions (star parties).

Alex
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: memeforvi on January 12, 2018, 08:28:16 AM
I have a 10" f/3.9 Orion reflector, that is used the most for AP. At 35 # it is difficult to set up on my CEM60 mount, , especially when its windy, but with the comma corrector and additional aperture, is the best I have for AP right now. Getting a new Stellarvue APO imaging refractor soon. Christmas is coming early.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: arovuzar on January 12, 2018, 07:00:19 PM
By far my most used scope was my LS60THa.

Summer with long hours , always had time for a quick peak for an hour or two with the Porta II. When there were breaks in the clouds or sunny skies with a high elevation sun.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Sean Meyer on January 13, 2018, 08:10:15 AM
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Hello all

I'm curious about two things:

Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
and which of your scopes do you use less than you expected to, and why?

I have 3:

Orion XT8i Intelliscope - 8" Dob with PushTo computer
Meade ETX 125 - 5" Mak on GoTo mount
Meade ETX 80 - 3.1" short tube refractor on GoTo mount.
My main observation location is in front of the house under very light polluted skies and very light polluted ground. Nice big LED streetlight in front of my house.

I am almost exclusively visual. No AP interest at this time. Might start to play with video imaging based on the RI2 mentioned later.Oirioni XT8i gets the most use. This was my third scope.  Largest aperture is pretty much the reason for my preference. Quick to set-up, easy to use with or without the Intelliscope feature enabled. I just like it!  2" eyepieces give me pretty wide view and large aperture allows me the highest magnifications that the atmosphere will allow.Meade ETX 80 is second. Small and light and quick to set-up. GoTo and Tracking. Wide view. This was my first scope. Also fitted out with Revolution Imager 2, RI2, though I have not used it very much so far.  Has releasable clutch so I do often use it manually, with the computer turned off.  This is also my travel/vacation scope and my solar observing scope. I used this at an Eclipse event. Meade ETX 125 - Third place in use. This was my 5th scope.  Older used scope.  Fairly narrow FOV. GoTo drive has some problems. Some nights it is great and some it is not.  Good on doubles and planets but the XT8i is better, in my opinion, due to the larger aperture.  I have not really found a superior niche for this one but I have done most of my double star observing with this one. This is my alternate Solar scope but I like the ETX 80 better for that.  This too has releasable clutches so I can use it manually when I wish but the fairly narrow FOV makes this less practical.  May become an alternate travel scope.Most used eyepieces across all of them are the zooms.  Baader Hyperion 8-24 zoom. This is my main eyepiece for all scopes. This gets more sky time then all the rest put together.  Most nights I use 1 low power wide view then go to the zoom or zoom + barlow.  I also have the Celestron 8-24 zoom.Next target scope would be the Orion XX12i or XX12G computer assited Dob.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Ronald Saldana on January 13, 2018, 11:13:38 PM
I've been focusing on my 8SE the most because it is my newest scope and I've yet to master it (no opportunity due to weather). It is the more powerful scope, most targets fit within its FL, and having go-to opens up my possibilities. Before, I used to spend most of my time searching for targets; now, it takes less than a minute for it to do its work while I sip on a drink.

But unfortunately I think the real answer is "none of the above." The weather has been unbelievably bad, and the few "clear" nights that I've accepted turned into a mess of haze, dew, and/or misty sky
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: larterpchaka on January 14, 2018, 03:13:28 AM
I only have one telescope.

Solves my dilemma...I do other things, like time lapse video's of the night skies with my DSLR and a wide angle lens.
And a spotting scope was my very first live view of Orion Nebula.

From there, I was caught in a whirlpool, sucked into a veritable black hole.
Now I spend my days waiting for my nights.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Harry Smull on January 14, 2018, 05:52:29 AM
Due to the fact I,m cuddly and lazy(fat and older)I use a 130mmtable top dob, lives in the garden shed with a stool, just take it out and use it,D.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: alinvibee on January 15, 2018, 10:29:49 PM
The most used this year has been the 16" Starmaster because the dark site is less than 2 hours away and the views are just marvelous. Also, I'm old and increasingly decrepit so I need to get all the use of that scope while I can.
The AT115EDT has been used often for really good white light solar and the XT10i gets all the outreach and runs the big scope a close race for most use but outreach isn't really observing.
I must admit that I really do love that big scope.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: perpemucho on January 20, 2018, 11:34:27 PM
Most - well it really depends on the target and where I am.

Visual
Dark sky trips - easily my 4.5" apo. It's not too big a deal to move around and produces excellent images.

Shallow Space from home - mostly my TOA150.

Deep Space from home - LX200/12 adapted for EAA at f/3.3. Believe it or not, this was once my dark sky scope and was dragged all over the countryside.

Least used
Probably my Borg 60ED. It's a decent scope but I've only taken it on two fly-in trips. It's now relegated it to being a finder / guide scope for the TOA. I'm also disappointed with the amount of use I give my Solarmax 60. I suppose this is more a measure of available hours than of flagging interest.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: sremburjuni on January 21, 2018, 12:15:49 AM
I use my Orion AstroView 6 on an EQ mount most of the time. If I am traveling or camping, my AWB OneSky, a 5 inch f/5 reflector on an orginal vixen polaris in alt-az mode.

6 inch is my biggest aperture and I can set it up and tear it down in less than 5 min
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Marlin Riewer on January 21, 2018, 07:38:03 AM
I have four nice scopes and love them all. Three of them are nice 5-inch refractors and the fourth is my little TEC 6 MCT.

The one that is getting the most use is the little TEC Mak, because it is the lightest. The FS-128 is a close second - also because of its weight.

My wonderful TEC 140 refractor is getting the least amount of use, simply because it is heavy and I feel the effects the next morning. It hurts because over the past eight years, I used this scope a lot more than any other scope I owned.

Sad to say, I might have to downsize some more.

Cheers,

Ron
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Ryan Wilton on January 23, 2018, 06:20:25 AM
4" Apo gets the most use from me because it is light, easy, capable, and zero hassle (it is on an alt-az). If I come across a target where I want a little more punch, then I go to my 6" Apo. Again, on an alt-az mount so not really much of a hassle. Scopes I use the least are my 80 Apo and my 10" Dob. 80mm just falls below a threshold for me and does not satisfy nearly as much as the 102mm. The 10" is a complete hassle being heavy, awkward, and thermally unstable during winter so never gives as nice of a star point as the Apos.

For binoculars I have 7x35s, 8x42s, and 12x50s. For astronomy purposes (scanning and target acquisition) by far the 8x42s get used the most. 7x35s a little too weak and 12x50s a little too big and heavy. 8x42s are also the 3D SpaceWalkers and are just too much fun for yellow zones and darker.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: ziecouvicog on January 23, 2018, 02:05:48 PM
Already mentioned the binos, they are incredible.

Now a confession about my 4" mak: bought it some five years ago, but it collected dust until the beginning of this year! The greatest problem was getting out finding a spot, now I travel to dark places. The scope is totally manual, and on an EQ mount. Buying a scope today gravitates towards goto, when I got mine it was not as common. Now I will live with my choice, and learn to like it!

About three months a year solar is my only option at 60 degrees north. Really liked using my new H-alpha PST solar telescope in the spring, but somehow didn't get to use it in the summer as intended (read: zero times). Kind of collects dust too. But wouldn't be surprised if I started using it more regularly next summer. Our nearest star really is something.

Have been glancing at the apparently coming Unistellar eVscope, with EAA. It would contain a whole compact technology package. Only a really serious jump like that could get me to partly leave my current few devices, mainly the mak then.

The fewer devices you have, the better you can get to know them. That may describe my philosophy.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: James Runninger on January 23, 2018, 02:58:15 PM
Most used: My customized Z12. My grab-and-go. Easily moved and set up. Works on everything, but I just do DSOs most of the time.

Least used: 16" Lightbridge. Longer time to load, set up, unload.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Kunjan Blanco on January 23, 2018, 04:32:53 PM
My most used scope:

These days, well nights that is, is the 22 inch Starsplitter. It lives in the high desert and can be ready to go in 5-10 minutes. The other scopes all get used but under dark skies, there has to be a reason not to use the 22 inch...

Jon
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: asexdalo on January 23, 2018, 05:57:23 PM
Most often used probably my 3" f16
Most time with? 8" f15.5 followed by 6" f12 and 110mm f7
When I finish my observatory this fall will be split between 8" MCT and 10" RC (imaging). Will be set up for imaging planets and visual with 8" on one pier, 10" and 110mm on another imaging while I do visual with 6" on yet another.

Least used, 18" dob.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: David Allen on January 25, 2018, 08:16:10 PM
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Hello all

I'm curious about two things:

Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
and which of your scopes do you use less than you expected to, and why?

Wow, I really don't have any favorites. I have way too many telescopes and way too little time to use them.

I really mix it up. Sometimes I field mounted binoculars. Other times a refractor or two (or three). Still other times one or the other Dob gets rolled out.

For travel lately (as in dark sky camping trips, not single sessions) I almost always bring the TEC 140 and the C9.25 EdgeHD, and either an GOTO EQ mount (Takahashi EM-200 Temma 2M) or a big alt-az mount (AOK Swiss AYO Master). Awesome 1-2 punch. I use the TEC for uncompromised image quality of stars, planets, clusters and other DSOs, and the SCT as a less tidy light bucket that goes deeper, with tracking and decent ergonomics which I don't have with either Dob.

I like each scope I have for different things and scopes I don't like do not stick around very long.

Best,

Jim
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Demetrius Bryan on January 30, 2018, 11:36:20 PM
My wife and I have accumulated several telescopes over the years. She now uses a Celestron Evolution 8. Since my eyes are no longer very sensitive, I take photographs with a William Optics GTF102 on an autoguided iOptron iEQ45 mount. For public star parties, I put our old 6", f/8 Newtonian on the iEQ45 in place of the refractor.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: John Weiland on January 31, 2018, 10:27:00 AM
I have logged most, though by no means all, of my extended observing sessions over the years.

Measured in terms of number of sessions, my most used instruments are:

7-inch Dob
70-mm refractor
10x30 image-stabilized binoculars
12.5-inch Dob

Measured in terms of number of hours, the 12.5-inch Dob pops up to the top. Not surprisingly, I don't bother to set up the big scope unless I'm planning to spend a fair amount of time out under the stars with it. At the opposite end of the scale, I can and do set up the 70-mm refractor in a minute or two, so it's the scope most likely to be used for very short sessions. Binoculars, which require even less setup, generally come along for the ride regardless of how long my sessions are.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: pensranbafarc on January 31, 2018, 12:16:24 PM
The scope I use most is our 3.5" Mak. grab& go,because it affords the quickest set up time.

The scope used the least, unfortunately, is our 7" Mak., because of size and setup time; this will change whenthe new permanent observatory to house it has been built,then it willbe ourmost used telescope.

Setup time for observing opportunities is the main reason,due torapidly changing weather conditions at my location.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: zbermecasa on February 02, 2018, 02:03:12 PM
My C8 on AVX mount, simply because that's my only scope.
Setup is a bit too long and in winter, thermal equilibrium is hard and long to reach. Field of view is also a bit too limitted so I plan to buy a light 4" triplet apo and a manual alt-az mount. It will most likely become my most often used scope but when I'll serup the C8, it will be for longer observing sessions.
I also like my Orion resolux 15x70 bino but that doesn't count as a scope (and I can't really enjoy it from home in my red zone).
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Jeremy Butler on February 03, 2018, 06:37:26 AM
Pretty much the same as Bill P. said. The 4" fract is on a nice AZ mount right in the kitchen next to my patio. Easy in and out. Alos I have it set-up that I can use my binoviewer in it at native focal length, no barlows. This scope replaced my ED80 as my grab 'n go, but still use it the a now power wide angle eyepiece to cruise the Milky Way.

Next used scope is my Meade LS-8 computerized scope when I want to knock off a bunch od DSO's without having to hunt them down, just push a button!

Least used scope has been my 10" Dob because of the weight. I have a bad back and need my neighbor to help me carry it out. Will use the big light bucket a little more this fall with a lot of DSO's out that I need the light gathering power and wider FOV. The double cluster looks great in it with my 34mm SWA and the Veil with a filter.

Lastly is my lost ETX-125.....forgot all about it with all the other scopes I have. Probably need to sell it. Oh, bino's are Always out with me!
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: halubicom on February 08, 2018, 09:30:29 PM
For me, it has to be the 100mm on an alt-az mount. It's so quick and easy to set up that it's worth it even for a 20-30 minute viewing session. A close 2nd would have to be the Canon 10x42 IS binocs.

Hopefully in a year or two, I'll be able to set up a simple observatory and have the C14 permantly mounted.
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: erexgila on February 08, 2018, 10:46:56 PM
Went through my logbook for last 5 years. Here are the percentage use of my telescopes:

Telementor: 29% (was out 103x)
ATC82: 21%
AS80: 16%
AS110: 9%
Other refractors:  21% (mostly Baader 95mm, ED100, Vixen 130SS, or triedr 8x40)
Mirrors: 4%

So in my case, there is a clear corelation between size and usage. Telementor with its 63mm gets the most of use.
ATC82 is long oil doublet of my own design. I had it only sice 2014, and during 2016 it was on loan (I got in exchange Baader 95mm triplet). If it was not for these, it would be my most used lens. For example, this year it got 67%.

Anyway, if I sum up all 80mm class refractors, I get to 37%. So 80mm refractors are winners in my case. Most of the sessions with these 80mm refractors are short planetary session (Jupiter). The aperture is enough to see interesting level of detail. Yet it is so convenient in winter (where most of the planetary session happened to be), always ready to be used on short notice.

My largest refractor, AS110, gets far less use. I'm using it in my darker-side observatory shed. Here I go only when the sky is absolutely clear, and I'm not tired, which happens less and less with three kids...
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: Bob Meade on February 09, 2018, 02:22:47 AM
ST80 with new focuser on my eq2.  Simple, good 'nuff.  Next would be my C80ED on the same mount.  My 8" SCT is jealous, as is my old RV6 and 120ST..  I'm old, achy,and lazy, and more into clusters and starfields these days, although the 120ST is good for that, but it's a tad heavy and I never got a proper mount for it.
I'm also primarily back to 1-1/4" format with Plossls and one 8mm TMB. 
Gets the job done and makes me smile
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: pregdefciato on February 09, 2018, 07:20:48 AM
As for the correlation between size and frequency of use, I suspect that has as much to do with non-optimal mount options as it does with any inherent lack of convenience afflicting larger OTAs. GOTO mounts in general and EQ mounts in particular require more set-up time. It really is no harder to put a 10" SCT OTA on such a mount as it is a 80mm refractor. What gives the refractor the illusion of being so much more convenient is the fact that you can put it on a simple, manual, entirely mechanical alt-az mount, that could NOT handle a larger payload like a 10" SCT.

But there's a relatively simple fix for that, and it dispels the illusion quickly - get a larger, simple, manual, entirely mechanical alt-az mount that is capable of handling larger payloads. I have a bunch of them: Takahashi Teegul Lapides alt-az, Desert Sky Astro DSV-1, Giro Ercole and AYO Master. The Giro Ercole is no harder to move around and set up than the two smaller mount heads; all three work happily on the same tripod. Unlike the wimpy Tak and DSV mount heads, though, you could pretty easily get away with a C6 or C8 and maybe a 6" MCT OTA, and certainly a 4" or smaller refractor OTA, including longer tubed options, on the Ercole.

The AYO Master is in another league. It's massive (weighs about 40#) and capable (figure a C11 payload would be fine), but also not very hard to move around and trivially easy (identical actually) to set up just like puny alt-az mounts. It even has a machined aluminum handle that lets you carry the mount head like a briefcase out to the tripod.

These days the only reason I field a 3" refractor on an alt-az mount is because I like to experience a 3" refractor experience. It's no longer because the 3" refractor is easier to set-up.

Best,

Jim
Title: Re: Which of your scopes do you use most, and why?
Post by: compjiggrehols on February 09, 2018, 10:49:27 AM
Currently my most used telescope is a 6-inch f/6.5 achromat -- due to its newness and convenience of use. Binoculars and other telescopes get 'tossed in' from time to time; but I still have (at least) one more project for the 6-inch that I want to complete before I settle back in with my 'primary' telescope. So the 6-inch will remain as the most used for a bit longer . . .

Least used is a toss-up between my larger Newtonians. For most things, I've found that I don't need (nor desire) the additional aperture.