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Resistance is futile?

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I went through a dozen telescopes in last year.  But I sold them all and bough back a few as well :)

In retrospective I had the most fun and was the most satisfied with 102 Mak and 80mm f11.4 ( Vixen A80M ). So last year was kind of a testing ground. The most comfortable eyepiece was Baader zoom and BCO 18mm ( amazing, just amazing ). 102 Mak with .5x reducer was fine for EAA as well.

My main interest is double stars (primary concern), moon and planets. Looks like I need to take a look at Sun observing as well considering the weather at night. The scope needs to work with ASI224 as well for some deep space when I feel like it.

Considering all of the above please read below and help me out.

Now, why resistance is futile? Because all this time I tried, really tried but never could get Tak out of my mind. But there is Vixen as well. So what would be a good combination aka child of 102 Mak and Vixen A80M? I narrowed it down to three choices :

1. Takahashi FS60Q

2. Takahashi FC76DCU

3. Vixen SD81S

Anything else in this quality/price range that is readily available?

I want this scope to be highly portable as well so maybe Vixen is out of the question? Too long? Or get Vixen and then some off-the shelf 60ed again? I am really intrigued by FS60Q but worry about light gathering capabilities. Oh, and would prefer 'flatter' field. I really don't appreciate 60ed f6 field curvature. My mind tells me 102 Mak but I don't think I am strong enough to resist the Tak! ;)


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Possibly the Sharpstar 90mm carbon OTA. I believe these will be available early next month. I'd love the Tak 60Q, but can't justify the price for a 60mm. I know what you mean though.





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The FC76DCU would be my choice. Or would it!? :icon_scratch: 

If you forget about length & weight and ignore cost, the FC100D apochromats are Very nice! :evil4:

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