tripod reflector comparable to Orion Starblast Dob
Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:03 AM
I'm looking to get back into stargazing and after some research it looks like the best option around my price-point is the Orion Starblast 6 dobsonian, but the problem is that I have to drive out to the middle of nowhere to view so I'll never have a table with me.
Because of this I'm looking for a reflector around 6" that's tripod capable and in the future perhaps go-to compatible.
Am I out of luck for something in the 300-400 dollar range that would be decent?
The focus would be on DSO.
Posted 27 July 2013 - 08:50 AM
Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:06 AM
OTOH, I'm not sold on the Starblast mount. It is what it is.... made to a price point. There are better mounts out there. I think you would be better served to purchase an OTA and something like a decent alt-az with slow-motion controls. I'm not a 'nudger' and so deem slo-mos a very high priority in mounts.
FWIW, this mount is the AstroTech Voyager, fitted with digital setting circles. This mount is NLA, but the GSO Skyview appears to be exactly the same mount.
Posted 27 July 2013 - 10:25 AM
It looks like I've got a lot more googling to do to catch up with what's already been posted. I never thought of buying items piecemeal like whats been mentioned with picking up an OTA and a separate tripod.
I'm going to try to figure out what I can best do to start off in the $300 range that might be upgradeable later on with a go-to unit if need be.
Thanks a million!
Posted 27 July 2013 - 04:56 PM