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Troy Clayton

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2018, 09:40:59 PM »
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Probably my 7" Starmaster Oak Classic.

So far, the only scope to get two votes within this thread. Not bad, considering how few Oak Classics were made!
Many years ago, I was used to my 6" A-P blowing away the light-bucket Dobs and the SCTs that were so popular at the time, especially on the moon and planets. Then a friend of mine set up his 7" Oak Classic (I think it had a Raycraft mirror). I remember going back and forth between my scope and his, comparing views at similar magnifications. On the solar system, the 7" was just a little behind the refractor, but it was incremental. On DSOs, it was a dead heat. When you consider ease of setup, I really began to covet one of these, and had the opportunity to purchase mine, with Zambuto mirror, about 10 years ago. The age of premium Dobs was dawning, with their well figured mirrors. Of all the scopes listed in my signature block, this probably gets used the most. My 100 ED may end up challenging the Oak Classic in the "most used" category, but the reason the Oak Classic edged out that scope is aperture. Both are convenient, but if I can have only one scope, I'd prefer a little more aperture than 4".

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #31 on: January 29, 2018, 11:55:48 PM »
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Probably my 7" Starmaster Oak Classic.

So far, the only scope to get two votes within this thread. Not bad, considering how few Oak Classics were made!
There's 3 votes for a 10" dob (including mine) if you count the "likes".

piesilila

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2018, 11:08:07 PM »
Mine would have to be the AP 130 GTX.

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2018, 02:48:35 AM »
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Probably my 7" Starmaster Oak Classic.

So far, the only scope to get two votes within this thread. Not bad, considering how few Oak Classics were made!
There's 3 votes for a 10" dob (including mine) if you count the "likes".
There are three votes for 8" SCT's if you count likes, too. Just sayin'

Eric Castillo

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2018, 06:11:09 AM »
6" f5 newt.
These can do a 3 degree field in view, and up to 250x.
Sized right for a shopping cart life style.

My first choice is my 13".
But that won't fit in the shopping cart.

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2018, 06:54:46 AM »
If I pass away before he does, my husband says he will bury me with my Astroscan. He'd better.
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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2018, 11:05:02 AM »
<<My first choice is my 13".
But that won't fit in the shopping cart.>>

There r ways to make it fit.

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2018, 12:58:09 PM »
Given only one the "I will never part with this scope" scope in my line up is the TEC 140. That said, I intend to keep my EdgeHD 11 and my terrific SW 100ED Pro regardless of circumstances since the three together do everything I could possibly want in a small suite of instruments. My other scopes are wonderful instruments and fill key slots in my stable, but the three mentioned are the core group and the TEC is a forever and ever OTA. That's my story and I'm sticking with it

Clear Skies,
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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #38 on: February 03, 2018, 12:35:29 PM »
Well, not really a "scope", but if the question is modified a bit to "if you could only keep one significant piece of astronomy equipment, what would it be?", then my answer would most emphatically be: my Mod3 White Phosphor night vision monocular.

If I could keep one other object, it would be the 7nm narrowband H-alpha filter, which can thread into the front of the Night Vision device.

I would sell the Takahashi TOA-130, the C11 EdgeHD, the ETX-90, the various binoculars, all of my TeleVues, my Denkmeier binoviewer, the Quark chromasphere... you can take absolutely ALL of it away, but I will be clinging to my night vision gear until the very end.

Abdullahi Archer

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #39 on: February 04, 2018, 10:46:29 AM »
I would say my APM 100's, but since it sounds more like a scope, I would keep two:

127mm Mak

C5

Both are about the same size but I enjoy looking through them. The Mak would be a planet killer, while the C5 would be for deep sky stuff.

Christopher Bryant

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #40 on: February 08, 2018, 06:34:46 PM »
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Gosh, Phil--it must be really cloudy in Ohio for you to start a thread like this.   
After consideration, I would keep my Orange Tube C8 for the versatility, portability and optics.
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Probably my 7" Starmaster Oak Classic.
So far, the only scope to get two votes within this thread. Not bad, considering how few Oak Classics were made!

So now it's a tie--there's two votes for 8" SCT's. too. 

Another one, C8

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Re: Which telescope would you hold onto?
« Reply #41 on: February 08, 2018, 08:26:39 PM »
Hmmm...so either my TSA-102 or my Lunt 152. Very difficult choice. Decision is basically an ergonomic one. The smaller lighter one would definitely get more use as age progresses, so would probably sacrifice the aperture for the ergonomics.