My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars. 10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser) XW: All; XO: 2.58 Televue: Naglers-T1 Smoothside-full set, 17T4,12T4,Ethos 17,4.7; plossels-40,32,20,17,&7.4mm; Pans-22,24mm; Delos-6,8,12,17.3mm ES100: 5.5,9*,14,20 ES82: full set ES68: 16,20,24,34 NLV: 5,9,10,15 Ortho: HD-7,9; OPS-9,12 Meade RG 7mm Other: Pentax 12.5K(.965), 10mm Parks Zoom: Nag3-6 *=on b/o DAS Dark Site
Quote:So I've finally decided to bite the bullet and get a telescope. I have read thru many threads here and gathered some very good info. I have also talked with a couple of coworkers who own telescopes. So it comes down to these choices....Zhumell Z8 or Z10 DobsonianorOrion XT8iMy coworkers recommend the Zhumell, looks like the Orion is the recommended beginner unit here.So, what's a newb to do? I have been told there may be some disadvantage to the 10 inch Zhumell because of the large mirror size. The 8 inch is a sharper image.I really like the object locator on the Orion.So which is the better unit?Accessories, Accessories, Accessories. Which telescope has a wider array of available accessories?My goal is to buy the telescope and probably have my wife buy me one awesome accessory for xams (maybe a barlow). What would be the ultimate eyepiece to compliment each telescope?Thanks for any input
Quote:Depends. How well do you know the night sky? Is finding an object fun, or do you prefer to view? If you don't know the sky, want to view, and time is limited, go for the 8XTi. The XTi will help you learn the sky (but you got to pay attention) and will help to identify objects if you do find something in view. If having "help" finding things is not your bag, and the "hunt" excites you as much as the viewing, then go for the 10" and add some setting circles to it (total cost about $50 + your labor) and some sky charts and you're ready to go. One word, however. Depending on your finances, the 10" is a much faster scope then the 8", and is less forgiving of cheaper eyepieces. The 8" will give you some good views with moderately priced eyepieces (plossels will work with either). The ES68* and 82* series eyepieces work great in either scope. I recommend the 24mm and the 11mm 82* as these are both fantastic eyepieces for their price (24mm~$200, 11mm $99)
8" Zhumell dob 12" Zhumell Frankendob Celestron 4" refractor (Vixen) 7x50 binoculars
Quote: Some get lucky and get a good mirror and some get a not so good mirror.(doesn't help much does it) Don T.
Nikon Action 8x40 binos C4-R, mountless 114NT Everglades Astronomical Society "When the Moon is a couterfiet, better find the one that fits, better find the one that lights the way for you." ISTAR Scope Club
Quote:Quote: Some get lucky and get a good mirror and some get a not so good mirror.(doesn't help much does it) Don T. After months of research before purchasing and the time since, this is the first I've heard of GSO mirror quality being hit or miss. I guess I must be one of the lucky ones, because my views have been great.
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Orion XT12G Telrad Orion Q70 32mm ES 82* 8.8mm ES 82* 6.7mm ES 82* 4.7mm Baader Hyperion Mark-2 Zoom Orion Skyline GLP + finder bracket Astro-Tech 2x Barlow for 2" and 1.25" Orion Variable Polarizing Eyepiece Moon Filter Orion UltraBlock Narrowband Filter GPS An awesome wife that bought me the telescope! Apertura AD8 with tweakers package Celestron 15x70 Starmaster Binoculars with tripod Celestron Neximage 5 Member CFAS http://www.astrobin.com/users/billytk/
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
Quote: The 10" gathers ONLY 55% more light and has ONLY 20% more resolution so I just don't know why anyone would want the bigger scope!And it is a whole $100 more money.(Tongue firmly in cheek!!!)
If you want to see the most objects,the faintest objects then of course you want the bigger scope.Aperture rules,all else being equal.
Happy owner of-- A Mag 1, 12.5 inch Porta Ball A Dual Axis Equatorial Platform A PST Double Stack
Quote:Hi Skybama,I am guessing you are from Alabama. If so what part? I live in a small city north west of Birmingham.
8 f7.62 eq. 12 f5 Dob
Barly my 10 yr old faithful Bichon pup.
Quote:Will the ES 14mm eyepiece be suitable for the Z8? Is there a better one?
What kind of filters should I invest in? Should I just get a complete set? Are some better than others?
I have Google Sky and SkEye on my android phone. I also have GoSkyWatchP and Planets on my iPad. I would like to get an astronomy program to install on my main PC in the house. Which one is best?
Quote:Is the Zhumell 2" 2x ED barlow decent?
Quote:Is the Zhumell 2" 2x ED barlow decent?So why wouldn't I buy the ES 11mm instead of the 14mm? It's $10 cheaper and better magnification. Or the 4.7mm or 6.7mm for that matter.