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My interest in astronomy was rekindled in early 2003 when on impulse I bought a cheap 70mm refractor from a supermarket. This scope was surprisingly good, and set me on a path of perpetual upgrading. First I wanted more aperture, so I bought an 8" Dobsonian mounted Newtonian reflector. Then I wanted something more portable, so a 4" Maksutov-Cassegrain was added to the stable. I got fed up with "nudging" the Dob to track planets so I bought an EQ-6 heavy duty equatorial mount to put the OTA on. Then I wanted widefield views, so got my first "short tube" 80mm refractor. This gave me a taste for refractors, so I added a 6" f/5 and replaced the 80mm with a William Optics ZenithStar 80 Short.
Eventually I wanted even more aperture than the Dob, but in a smaller package, so replaced the Dob with a 9¼" SCT. During the last couple of years, the price of "ED" refractors (which have much less chromatic aberration than normal achromatic refractors) has reduced considerably, so I've bought a cute little ZenithStar 66 SD and replaced my 80mm achro with a Sky-Watcher 80ED.
So, after a mad spree of telescope buying, I've gone from a small, cheap refractor, via a medium sized general purpose Dob, to a set of scopes — one for every occasion.
|Wide field refractor||
William Optics ZS66 SD
|High magnification Cassegrain||
Sky-Watcher 4" Mak|
Celestron 9¼" SCT|
|Mount||NexStar 80 alt/az goto||Sky-Watcher EQ-6 GEM|
Scopes I no longer have include a Sky-Watcher SkyLiner 200 Dob, a Sky-Watcher StarTravel 80 refractor and a William Optics ZenithStar 80 Short refractor.