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markclaire50

One Scope and One Scope only!

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I think this thread can only apply to multi-scope members with lots of scope time under their belts. 

If a law was passed by Parliament (you never know these days!??) that all multi-scope owners had no choice but to get rid of all their scopes immediately, except for one Scope of their choice, which scope would you keep? And why? 

I'm hoping this will be a very interesting thread! ??

Thanks 

Mark

 

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A 5” APO

Not too big or heavy

Cools fairly quickly

Tack sharp views

Excellent contrast

View from the back

Looks like a proper telescope ?

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Well that's an easy one:

I'd keep the Sharpstar 72ED, 

My wife would never part from OUR SW 6" newt ?

My son's heart would break should he give OUR SW ED80 away. ?

So, as I also have one daughter, actually I'd have place for another scope. ?

But preference is given in listed order.

Ah, italians ... ? ? ? 

Fabio

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5 minutes ago, FaDG said:

Well that's an easy one:

I'd keep the Sharpstar 72ED, 

My wife would never part from OUR SW 6" newt ?

My son's heart would break should he give OUR SW ED80 away. ?

So, as I also have one daughter, actually I'd have place for another scope. ?

But preference is given in listed order.

Ah, italians ... ? ? ? 

Fabio

Thanks. I should have specified that the law would be one Scope per house, but it's too late now. ?

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I would immediately remove all original markings from my scopes.

Then engrave them all with something along the lines of 'Carbon Brush Universal Viewing Device'.

This scope would be registered with the licencing authority and only one scope would be on display (for inspection) at any time.

All the others would be hidden under the bed.

 

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4" doublet ED apo! Rapid cool down, razor sharp views at high power and breathtaking rich field views all in one. Light weight high contrast, high definition instrument that will never let you down. Other scopes claim to be refractor- like, but they never quite attain the refractor view!

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That's not fair!! The big dob guys will claim to have just one scope with its finder... Even if the finder is 5-6" apo!

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My APM TMB (LZOS) 105 f/6.2.  As much as it would pain me to loose the others, this scope is optically excellent, performs really well on DSO from a dark sky site, and critically for me, is airline portable.  The larger ones are not, and the smaller ones show less.

 

But promise me it never actually happens!! ?

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25 minutes ago, R26 oldtimer said:

That's not fair!! The big dob guys will claim to have just one scope with its finder... Even if the finder is 5-6" apo!

Don't worry. An amendment can be included to remove these ' finders' if above 50 mm diameter. ???

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I'd keep my 12 inch dobsonian, which is also my lowest cost scope, bar the 70mm Tele Vue Ranger.

I do really love using my refractors and would miss them a lot but looking back on my years of observing it's been the 12 inch dob that has consistently shown me things that I've not seen before, has pushed out the boundaries of my hobby more than any other scope that I have owned and on the right targets and nights has provided stunning views that the refractors just can't match.

 

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For me, an 8” F5 or F4 Newt, great for visual, equally good for EAA, and doable for imaging if I ever feel inclined again. 

Oddly, I don’t currently own one. ?

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3 minutes ago, RobertI said:

For me, an 8” F5 or F4 Newt, great for visual, equally good for EAA, and doable for imaging if I ever feel inclined again. 

Oddly, I don’t currently own one. ?

EEA? ?

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1 minute ago, markclaire50 said:

EEA? ?

EAA - Electronically assisted astronomy

On the topic:

If I was allowed single scope then 8" RC - just because I would use it for both visual and imaging (and EAA, and "science" work).

For visual only single scope - 8" F/6 dob

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38 minutes ago, DirkSteele said:

My APM TMB (LZOS) 105 f/6.2.  As much as it would pain me to loose the others, this scope is optically excellent, performs really well on DSO from a dark sky site, and critically for me, is airline portable.  The larger ones are not, and the smaller ones show less.

 

But promise me it never actually happens!! ?

I’ve not had mine long but I’d agree. Very versatile scope - great for lunar/planetary but doesn’t disappoint with DSO’s. 

Optics are such that you can go from a nice wide low powered 2” EP of day 35-40mm right up to a high powered beast at 2.6mm. 

Does a cracking job of a reasonable all round imaging scope as well. 

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1 hour ago, markclaire50 said:

Thanks. I should have specified that the law would be one Scope per house, but it's too late now. ?

Well, in that case I hope that YOUR Parliament approves the law, AFTER Brexit, Ok? ?

Fabio

P. S. Yes, I know the rules, no politics. But given the topic it can be accepted this time, can't it? And nobody take it seriously!! ?

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1 minute ago, FaDG said:

Well, in that case I hope that YOUR Parliament approves the law, AFTER Brexit, Ok? ?

Fabio

P. S. Yes, I know the rules, no politics. But given the topic it can be accepted this time, can't it? And nobody take it seriously!! ?

Don't mention the B-word! ???

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Much better to talk about our scopes and experiences with them :icon_biggrin:

 

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I'll take my Tak FC-100DC please. Airline portable, can go anywhere with me, lovely widefield views plus very enjoyable planetary, lunar and doubles performance. Plus stick a herschel wedge or quark in it and I've got my other loves of white light and Ha solar observing covered.

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15 minutes ago, Stu said:

I'll take my Tak FC-100DC please. Airline portable, can go anywhere with me, lovely widefield views plus very enjoyable planetary, lunar and doubles performance. Plus stick a herschel wedge or quark in it and I've got my other loves of white light and Ha solar observing covered.

A Quark? ?? That is small! ?

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I only have two so a bit of non contest really.... The TAK DF ? I think it would be a god law ?

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Against all the expected odds, it would be a 6" refractor for me! My 6" solar refractor. No brainer, it could also be used at night for small scope stuff.   ?

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An ED72 F6 I think. Nice and small and versatile.

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