Posted By billy moss
It is funny how we ( over the years ) have marveled at the ads with the big scopes, all the power, all the aperture, what can we see with that big scope. Well, things change as you get older. I have had several big scopes over the years, and at times wanted something larger, but the aging body changes things a little. I still have a 4 inch refractor, a 6 inch SCT, but my favorite scope now is my little lightweight ( pick the whole thing up with one hand )90 celestron MAK on the vintage vixen altaz mount with the slow motion controls. I leave the scope on the mount, set it at the door with a cover on it. When I decide to look at something, I just pick the whole thing up, walk out the door, set it down, and ready to observe. Just point, and take the control knobs and start viewing. And you would be amazed at what you can see with that 90mm scope. I can be watching TV, decide that I want to look at Saturn, and in 5 minutes I am looking at it, without hardly doing anything. If I only had a large scope, the idea of looking at Saturn would just be an idea, I would not want to spend that much time setting it up. It is true what they say, the best scope is the one that you use the most. This set up would be hard to beat for being light, quick, steady, and very sharp views.
This little scope keeps me viewing when I can not decide whether I want to do some viewing or not, because it is so easy and fun. But when I have set time aside to use the larger scopes, I find out that the smaller scope is more fun. Just my situation, any others who have the same views and opinions.
If I had to either get rid of my 6 inch SCT or my 90 MAK, the 6 inch would have to go. I would never use it as much as the 90.