Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

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TareqPhoto
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Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by TareqPhoto » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:19 pm

I asked a lot and always ask about scopes, and one of questions is about which scope for planetary, and likely 95% of answers directing me towards SCT, mainly Celestron ones from 8" up to 14", so i got it as one of best choices.

Now the question is, are there any another options that are better than SCT either Celestron or Meade maybe? or alternatives if not using SCT?

from 8" up to 11" it can be managed as if i decide on one then i can use with my mount, but i tell all people everywhere that i want larger than 11" anyway, and if i go larger then it means another mount which add big cost too, so that i asked, but if i have to spend too much anyway then i need to know what other options if not SCT then, i mean is C14 for example the only option or best option in the world for planetary imaging?!!!

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Re: Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by cuivenion » Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:11 pm

Newtonians are an alternative. Cheaper as well. They're not as compact as sct's and the focal lengths tend to be lower.

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Re: Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by TareqPhoto » Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:13 pm

cuivenion wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:11 pm
Newtonians are an alternative. Cheaper as well. They're not as compact as sct's and the focal lengths tend to be lower.
Ah i see, good to know, so maybe i will give a Newtonian a go.

Thank you very much!

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Re: Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by Stargazer » Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:42 am

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Re: Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by shootnstarz » Sat Sep 29, 2018 12:20 pm

Refracting telescopes have always excelled for planetary, the lack of a central obstruction makes for clearer, sharper views and imaging. But for the best views you'll need to pony up some extra dough for a APO or at least ED refractor. Refractors around 100mm are commonly used to take some amazing shots.

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Re: Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by oopfan » Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:02 pm

Hi Rick,
Refractors around 100mm are commonly used to take some amazing shots.
Did you mean to say "1000mm" ?

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Re: Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by turfpit » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:10 pm

Damian Peach seems happy with his Celestron C14's (both of them).

https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=da ... ORM=IQFRBA

I think he chooses his observing locations carefully though http://www.damianpeach.com/barbados06.htm.

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Re: Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by oopfan » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:22 pm

Barbados! Good choice.

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Re: Alternative planetary scopes than SCT

Post by NeilG » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:35 am

How about an RC like this:-
https://www.365astronomy.com/GSO-12-f-8 ... -Tube.html

I'm in a similar boat as I'm thinking of replacing my aging C11 either with a C14 or an RC - haven't been able to find much of a comparison between the types.
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