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That's An Excellent Choice!

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Posted by Bob Sal on February 20, 2003 14:16:40 UTC

That's an excellent choice for a first scope. You should do real well with deep sky objects as well as plantes and the moon. I started with an 80MM (3.1") refractor and no goto. I used it for 2 1/2 years and saw 84 Messier objects, about 2 dozen NGC's, over 100 double stars, all the planets except pluto, 2 comets and I followed 2 asteroides for months. With 2 more inches and the goto you should be busy for years with that scope. Don't under estimate what you can see with a good refractor. Of course a big reflector will show many more dim objects, but the clarity and sharpness of a good refractor makes up for what you can't see. It's a trade off. You can see all 110 Messiers and probable hundreds of NGC's. You wont get as good a look as say with a 12"+ scope, but you will see plenty. You can always get a huge Dob later. Good choice. I've seen the 6" LXD55 refractor, real nice. Have fun. Good Luck. Keep us posted.
That's it;
BOB SAL

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