Hi everyone, i need help!
I've been in astronomy since 1976, i've had around 140 scopes over the years! You name it i have had it, SCT's many refractors, from 60mm to a older 6" AP Starfire, many Newts from 6" to 14.5", and on and on.
I am coming into some money soon, guess i could spend up to $32,000, but would like to stay under $24,000!
I live in Tampa FL, my skies are around mag 3 most nites, but i have super seeing, many nites my seeing is 9+.
So most of my time is spent looking at planets and the moon with powers to 350x to 1000x! So i dont know if i should get a 18" to 24" Starmaster, or a 6" to 8" APO.
If i get the Starmaster, i will have to tear out a wall, and install double doors, that way i can wheel the scope in and out, without any hassle! I dont want to put the Dob together and tear it down everytime i use it.
Or i could get, say a 7" to 8" TMB APO, and then mount it on a super heavy duty mount, guess a AP-1200, GM-200 Losmandy, or some other well built mount.
But i would have to setup the APO everytime i use it!
So i figure a good used Starmaster with GO-TO 18" to 24" with the double door install, would cost me around $9,000 to $13,000.
Or go with the 6" TAK & NJP mount for about $17,000, or a 7" TO 8" TMB for about $18,000 to over $32,000.
What do you guys think is best???