nOOb with a ETX-80, ETX-90 and a Coulter Compact Odyssey 10.
Explore Scientific ED127Explore Scientific AR152Celestron Omni XLT 102 Orion XT10i
Dave 10 inch GSO dob Tasco 60mm
Ken Fiscus- stargazing since 1980. Now observing from a green zone.
Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, & skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees. New springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s
Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 on Round Table EQ Platform
Celestron Omni XLT 102ED • Celestron CPC‑800 GPS • Zhumell Z10 Dobsonian
"Relax, don't worry! Have a homebrew!" - Charlie Papazian
Quote:The 102 is supposed to offer great views of the planets, and decent images of the other things assuming you have decent eye pieces. The goto is an interesting aspect - mainly for its tracking abilities. It's smaller, lighter and takes up less space, and would be easier to use as a "grab and go" scope. It would be much easier and more suited to my backyard viewing situation too.
Quote:Yes, the scope for you is the one you will use more.In your own initial post, Schaaf, it looks like you have your own answer. Nobody else is going to be able to "convince you" what's right for you.I've owned an 8-inch newt in the past, and I currently own the 102GT. I don't know the fellow with the ETX who only uses it 1/10th of the time, but as for me, I got rid of my 8-inch because I always found excuses to avoid lugging it out. That's my opinion; we can all play nice together.
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote:I'd probably still do a 10" dob, but one that doesn't come from CL.
Quote:The six is going to be a stretch (financially) as it is. It was my understanding that the 6 and 8 use the same mount so I could theoretically upgrade just the OTA down the road.
Quote: Quote:I'd probably still do a 10" dob, but one that doesn't come from CL. In my mind, Craigslist is the place to buy a Dob. One has to be concerned when buying telescopes that rely on electronics secondhand but a Dob is simple, there is little to go wrong and what can go wrong is easily fixed. If it looks to be in good condition, it almost certainly is in good condition. Jon
Celestron 150 XLT ReflectorCelestron C6-n Reflector102GT-SLTXt6Vixen StarGuy
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
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Celestron First Scope 76mm mini Dob Orion 120mm ST f5 Achro Refractor LQQking for a Celestron C6 soon Nexstar GT Mount on Davis & Sanford ST600 Astro 600 Tripod NTECH LN-300 High Resolution (1024 video) 0.5 Focal Reducer with 0.3 adaptor
Quote:Yeah. I suppose. The z10 on CL looks good. Has never been assembled or used and was apparently purchased at an auction by a guy who doesn't know anything about it other than it doesn't come with a base. Hayneedle sells the base for only 48 bucks which sounds too good to be true, but the guy verified it was the entire lower assembly for the OTA. You guys make a good argument.