Zhumell Z8 Dobsonian Review
Posted 22 September 2011 - 03:53 PM
How is the star test?
Posted 22 September 2011 - 10:56 PM
All the photos are nice. That's one attractive scope, and you've shown it off well.
Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:32 PM
By the way, if you can borrow one from a friend, try a 27 mm Panoptic. It's one of my favorite eyepieces and similar in size to your 30 mm.
Good luck and clear skies!
Posted 23 September 2011 - 06:10 PM
Posted 24 September 2011 - 10:15 AM
Posted 01 October 2011 - 09:03 AM
Posted 10 November 2011 - 04:19 PM
Also, I'm starting to get the hang of how to enjoy the scope or dobs in general. Plop in your widest field ep and take your most basic star map and just look for the deep sky goodies in the swathe of stars-I was surprised how easy it was. Using a 42mm GSO, things would just pop out...now I'm wondering when the c9.25 is going to get used
Posted 13 November 2011 - 07:29 PM
Just as an FYI, in your review, you mentioned fitting a telescope into a Honda accord. I have a 2003 accord four door, and my Z10 fits comfortably across the back seat with the base inside the trunk. The OTA seemed a little awkward trying to place it in the trunk with the rear seat down. The base will then lay inside the trunk on it's more open side (rear) with the handle pointing up with just enough room to close the lid.
Regarding the question about weight of the OTA, I can't say about the Z8, but for the Z10, the OTA is 35 lbs. and the base is about 32 lbs. That is using the method suggested with bathroom scales. Not perfect, but close. With the Z8 obviously lighter, this may help someone decide which model they can comfortably lift.
I would agree with the evaluation of the scope, finding my Z10 to be entirely satisfactory for my needs.
Thanks for posting your review.
Posted 23 December 2011 - 11:18 PM
Posted 24 December 2011 - 12:47 PM
Of course with more mirror the Z12 shows great views.My Z10 is breathtaking with a big 2" eyepice on a clear night.Also breathtaking to move. The biggest dob you can comfortably handle is a good scope to have .You can always have a smaller scope for other places and times.
Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:07 AM