Orion XT8i Orion Q70 38mm Sterling Plossl 25mm Baader Hyperion 13mm + fine tuning rings Orion shorty barlow Nikon AE 10x50
10" OO VX, 6" iOptron Mak-Cass, Orion 100ED
Quote:get the XT8, starhoppers are older sonotube dobs made by discovery. they are not bad telescopes but they are more of a pain to use and keep collimated correctly than an XT8, plus the XT8 will work perfectly fine with cheaper wide field eyepieces.
Quote:How about Zhumell Z8($378) or Z10($489)? The accessaries seems to be much better, especially the dual speed focuser.
You know you are there when you start thinking in terms of EXIT PUPIL rather than Magnification..
Quote:OK so I'm looking to buy a good dobsonian telescope and i have gotten offers for a brand new in box Orion xt8 for $300, shipped. I also got a offer for a celestron starhopper 10 inch that is used but in good condition, the owner also fully flocked the telescope and he wants $425 for the telescope, shipped. I'm still in high school so money is a big factor but willing to pay the $425 if it is worth the extra $125. Regardless of which telescope I buy I'm still going to buy a few Meade 4000 eyepieces. Which scope do you think I should get or do you think both telescopes are not good deals and I should look for another ?
Quote:Sat read his post. Money is an issue here. Why are you suggesting something that costs more?
Quote:I'm still in high school so money is a big factor but willing to pay the $425 if it is worth the extra $125. Regardless of which telescope I buy I'm still going to buy a few Meade 4000 eyepieces. Which scope do you think I should get or do you think both telescopes are not good deals and I should look for another ?
Quote:Can you physically look at any of the scopes that you are talking about?
Jon Isaacs has pointed out that a used dob can be a very good deal, and I think most folks here would agree with Jon's opinion on most things, but I am guessing that he would feel that used is appropriate IF you can do a hands on review of the condition of the scope, especially if this is a first scope.
I am in the camp that thinks for the extra $78 go for the new Zhumell, Astros Tech, etc. (GSO) 8" dob. (I would actually recommend the 10", but money may not allow that.) I personally like the new bearing system better than the Orion XT system (but that is personal), and for $78 you get a two speed focuser, a fan, a RACI, and the piece of mind of a warranty.
Good luck however you choose to go!
Bryan Stone Past President, NSAAC (North Shore Amateur Astronomy Club) Visual Astronomer with: "GoldenEye" XT8 Classic, flocked, Moonlite CR2(Gold), Telrad, 1st Base mount Serial #001 "Night Hawk" SV 80mm f/7 Aplanat on M1/GNG TV 11NT6, 32P, 1.8xB, Pentax XF 8.5 ES 82 N2 6.7, GSO SV 30, UO KII 16 Lumicon OIII,Orion Ultrablock, Moon Filter, 4 color filters, 25mm Sirius P, 10x50 Explorer Binocs, Celestron broadband filter,Tectron collimation tools, Pelican 1500 Divider Case, StarDust chair
Quote:I actually got another offer it is a used Orion xt10g goto dobsonian and he wants $465 shipped that sounds like an amazing deal but what do you think
Quote: If nothing's wrong with that xt10g, the seller wouldn't have to ship it -- folks would be beating down his door.
Quote: Quote: If nothing's wrong with that xt10g, the seller wouldn't have to ship it -- folks would be beating down his door. Exactly... Jon
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.