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#51 danyap

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:22 AM

Which moon filter would I need to get for the xt6? There are a few on orions website. Which would you recommend?

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

Go for the variable one.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

+1 on the variable polarizer. With it you can tune out the light to your liking. As far as I am concerned the standard Moon filters let too much light through.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 12:47 PM

variable polizing filter is very nice. You screw it onto the bottom of your eyepiece and then just twist it to adjust the brigtness. It's crazy how bright the moon is.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

Another handy aspect of a variable polarizing eyepiece is that if you separate (unscrew) the elements you can get a good view of the (about) quarter moon in the daytime with the sky darkened but not the Moon itself.

#56 Tony Flanders

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:29 PM

its a great scope and will not be outgrown as fast as the 4.5


I can't imagine outgrowing an XT4.5; it's an extremely versatile telescope. However, an XT6 is clearly better in every way except storability, portability, and cute factor.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 02:31 PM

Which moon filter would I need to get for the xt6? There are a few on orions website. Which would you recommend?


If you're short on money, skip the Moon filter. It's a luxury at best. If you really find the Moon too bright you can always use sunglasses. But I prefer to view the Moon unfiltered in any case.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 03:44 PM

Ok, I called a classified about an xt6 for $200 (the one I posted earlier). It was purchased in March and they are wanting to upgrade. So this may be the deal we go with. It's practically new! Thoughts on this over buying the 4.5?


A 6" has almost twice the light gathering power than the 4.5", which translates into resolution...that's something u can consider..and u are getting it at about 2/3rd the price of what its available as of now..(tho at that price u can get an 8" used too if u r willing to spend more time looking..but cant rely on that really..)


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:40 PM

I agree with the advice to skip the moon filter. I never use one.

If I were you, I'd go with the 6" scope.

Good luck.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:55 PM

Buy the 6" and take good care of it. You can sell it for the same $$$ if you decide to move up.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:24 AM

Ok, I called a classified about an xt6 for $200 (the one I posted earlier). It was purchased in March and they are wanting to upgrade. So this may be the deal we go with. It's practically new! Thoughts on this over buying the 4.5?

I registered just to say that if you really want an XT6i you can do the custom/build your own option on Orion and get it for about 400. Much more economical than the IMO overpriced 8XTi.

But for $200, you need to just get that one. That is an excellent price. And anyone who "wants to upgrade" probably took decent care of it compared to someone who just simply wants to get rid of it.

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:30 AM

I would get the XT6, as well.

11 year olds get bigger fast, and he's probably going to need some supervision (at the start) anyway.

#63 danyap

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:43 PM

XT6 purchased and waiting for Christmas! Thanks for your help everyone! Much appreciated!

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:17 PM

Be sure to come back and let us know how things go! :)

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 09:21 PM

He'll do fine with that telescope, and from a dark site he could see galaxies and planetary nebulae dimmer than 12th magnitude. A 6-inch will go well beyond the Messier objects, there's hundreds of NGC and IC objects accessible to him from a good site. It will still be used a lot even if he gets a much larger telescope later, my 6-inch gets used quite often despite having two bigger telescope. From a good site I was often surprised at what a 6-inch with good optics and mounting can really do. Many folks start off with a 6-inch Newtonian or Dob, which is still a very good all purpose beginner's telescope. Hopefully this will plant the seed for him to enter a career in science, mathematics, engineering or technology.

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