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Old 18-12-2008, 07:23 PM
gbeal
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While the thrust of the heading indicates "refractor", let me toss this into the mix, as others have discussed SCT's and Newts.
The humble Newt is hard to beat all round.
Another is the Mak/Cass, or Mak/Newt. Both are exceptional value for money, but if a robust mount is out of the question then the Mak/Cass is the preferred option, as the Mak/Newt is quite large and heavy for its aperture.
Something like a 5" Mak/Cass would be where I was headed, similar views to a 4" apo, but at a fraction of the apo's cost.
Gary
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