I like unexpected adventures. And from time to time I get a little more than I bargained for.
Over the years, I have owned a crazy number of small refractors. They make for fabulous grab-and-go instruments: if there is a beautiful moon outside or I have a friend over who has never seen Saturn through a telescope before,
For many years, I have used small refractors to photograph the night sky. Refractors are great if they are well corrected and up to 80mm diameter they are quite affordable. With the right reducer/flattener and a decent camera it's possible to create wonderful images: if tracking is done properly, stars will be nice and small pinpoints.
As a professional photographer and confirmed astro geek I have been asked if a telescope is better than a long telephoto lens. First of all: there is no clear “better” between telescopes and telephoto lenses, it all depends on what you need it for.