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1 hour ago, Alan White said:

Gina, it is something I say everyday as we sit in the Astro Room,
AKA Dining Room and the proliferation of scopes gets mentioned!
Funnily enough it is not received the same way as if it was said here 😪

I have a dining / astro room as well. Currently it's housing 4 mounts 5 refactors, 2 cases of eyepieces and a 12 inch dob. Plus we are trying to re-decorate it ...... :rolleyes2:

 

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2 hours ago, John said:

I have a dining / astro room as well. Currently it's housing 4 mounts 5 refactors, 2 cases of eyepieces and a 12 inch dob. Plus we are trying to re-decorate it ...... :rolleyes2:

 

It sounds as if it is already well decorated, John.

🙂

 

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2 hours ago, JeremyS said:

It sounds as if it is already well decorated, John.

🙂

 

Yep, I'm all for the "Telescope House shop floor in the 1980's" look but my other half has other ideas :rolleyes2:

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8 hours ago, John said:

I have a dining / astro room as well. Currently it's housing 4 mounts 5 refactors, 2 cases of eyepieces and a 12 inch dob. Plus we are trying to re-decorate it ...... :rolleyes2:

 

I'm telling my other half about this so that the gear I've got around the house won't seem so bad!

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On 18/10/2019 at 17:56, Alan White said:

I have a cunning plan, hatched from this thread and Chris Locks thoughts......

Owned a number or 4" and 150mm scopes, so have decided to trial this, but not to own just one scope.
But please don't mention that last bit to Mrs W!

Own a Vixen ED103s f7.8 103 mm Refractor.

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Also now own a OOUK 1/6 wave 150 mm f5 Newtonian.

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Sometimes curiosity gets the better of you.

So I plan to have a run of nights with both scopes and report back on how they compare.
Go into this eyes open and expect things to be similar yet different.

Does this have merit in a separate post or continue here?

 

I know this is way back Alan, but did you ever do this shootout? 

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1 hour ago, RobertI said:

I know this is way back Alan, but did you ever do this shootout? 

Yes I did and not a lot between them.

I felt the Vixen did pinpoint stars and no diffraction spikes, the Vixen also does WL solar very well.

For me the 150 Newton was very similar and doubled one scope, so it went as the Vixen did solar so well and I wanted a refractor to compliment my Dobson.

The scopes in my signature are a better balance of scopes and options.

The 150 newts are very fine scopes and for the money amazing, I have now owned 3! 

You cannot go wrong with either choice, both good all round telescopes.

 

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Great thanks Alan, good know how they compared and what you ended up doing. I think you have the perfect combination there and top brands. A lot of experienced visual astronomers seem to end up with a quality frac in the 85 - 130mm range and a large newt of 250mm or larger.

Rewind 12 months and I was mulling over whether to get a 6" F5/F8 Newt or a 100ED frac to add to the collection. I decided to go for the Newt (one came up for £90!), and I have loved it, but I still had the 100ED itch, so now have a new Skywatcher 100ED on the way (if the retailer ever gets stock). So I will now have both, and have probably doubled up, but I shall do a comparison anyway out of interest!

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