Littleguy80 Posted February 2 Share Posted February 2 The astronomy bug is biting again which of course means I’m thinking about buying new astro gear! My current setup is: SkyWatcher 10” Dob - My most used and most loved scope. Despite it’s size, it’s nearly always this scope that I bring outside at night. SkyWatcher Equinox 80 - Purchased as a travel scope. Nice for wide field. This gets the most use for white light Solar. DayStar Solar Scout 60mm - My first Ha scope. Have been very happy with it though I have no basis for comparison with other Ha scopes. I’ve been greatly entertained by reading a number of threads on reflectors vs refractors. There’s no denying that @mikeDnight makes a very strong case for a 4” APO. As does @Stu for the white light solar views. All this has led me to formulating the following plan. New scope - Starfield 102mm F7. I believe this is the same as the Technosky scope which @Victor Boesen reviewed really nicely. It may not be a Tak but I think it’s close enough for the money. Mount - I originally planned to get an AZ4 but after some research I a found my Altair Starwave Mini AZ is rated up to 6kg with the counter weight so I think this will be fine for the Starfield. Quark Chromosphere - Out with the Solar Scout and in with the Quark. It should be work with both refractors. I believe I’ll need a UV/IR filter for it though. To get full disc views, I’ll probably need a focal reducer. I’m expecting the new scope to give me improved planetary views on most occasions. My initial impressions of my 80mm frac was that is show less detail than the dob. Recent comparisons, based on short sessions show the frac giving better views when the seeing is average and nicer colour rendition For solar viewing, I want to see more detailed granulation in white light. As for Ha, again, hoping to improve surface detail and be able to throw more magnification at it. The Quark option seems to give the most flexibility. At this point, I’m just looking for thoughts on whether this makes sense. The dob will always be the DSO king but I’m sure the Starfield will be well used for shorter sessions or widefield on things like the Veil. 9 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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