16" AstroSky F4.5 C/W Skycommander, TEC 140, 6" F8 Edmund, 120 Skywatcher F5 SW EQ6 AP SPL 5mm Carl Zeiss Jena .965 6,10,12.5,16,25, Pentax 3.8mm XP, 7mm SMC, 7XW, 10XW TMB SMC 8mm,TMB Planetary 2.5,6, TV Smoothie NJ's Plossls, 14 Delos, Nagler 20T2, WO 4,28 UWAN, Orion Zoom 7.5-22.5, BGO 9 Binoculars Pentax PCF 7x50, SPACE, A PORTRAIT OF PERFECTION! Tony M
Quote:So I started a thread a page back about getting a telescope for my 6 year old niece and decided against it at this time. However, all of this talk about getting a scope for her has reopened the case for getting a scope for myself.
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
XT10g w/cooling fan/Telrad Baader Hyperion MKIII Zoom ES 82°24MM Orion Edge-on 6MM/Televue 2X Barlow Orion Ultrablock/OPT Moon/Baader M&SG Filters Favorite Books: Star Watch/Celestial Sampler/Turn Left at Orion/ Software: SkySafari Plus Iphone 4s Temecula Valley Astronomers @ Facebook & Website
Ken Fiscus Stargazing since 1980 Now observing from a green zone. Z12 on custom mount, Atomic EQ platform, 100% flocked, OMI primary, Astrocrumb filter slide with O-III, NPB, Skyglow filters. Focuser & spider rotated 45 degrees, new springs & Bob's Knobs, Telrad & 9x50 straight finder 35 & 24 Pans, TV 13,7,5 T6s Custom Orion XT10 with piggyback XT4.5 Round Table EQ Platform
You know you are there when you start thinking in terms of EXIT PUPIL rather than Magnification..
Quote:Its kinda surprising the nobody pointed u to the Apertura AD8 dob...it has great value for money with excellent quality too..I would recomment u this one over the orionxt8. only if u want to hve the intelli feature..then go for the xti.
Quote:is it easy to transport?
Quote:Could someone run down eyepiece/lenses in layman's terms. I am versed in cameras/photography so is it the same where the higher the mm the more "zoom" you get? Are there "must have" and "don't ever buy" eyepieces. And what is a Barlow? I wear glasses, does that affect eyepiece selection at all?
Quote:How high up is the eyepiece on average when viewing. I'm 5'10", would I need to be sitting or bending over to view? I have a camping chair, but I don't know if it will be tall enough to use.
Quote:Everyone talks about how easy a dob is to push around to find something. Can you tighten/loosen the mechanics?
Quote:What will I actually see when looking at, say, a nebula? I know it won't look like Hubble images, but will it just look like a cloud, or will it be interesting.
Quote:The AD8 is definitely a much better buy. Most of the time.
Quote: Only real issue is its weight compared to the XT8. It has much better bearings (mount and tube) but this also adds about 12-14lbs of weight. The XT8 is about 40 vs almost 53 or so for the AD8.
Quote:I don't think I can consider the Orion model anymore, unless someone were to tell me that the mirror or eyepiece that came with the Orion were vastly superior (which doesn't seem to be the consensus).
Quote:Now, I have seen other people posting that the Apertura and the Zhumell are clones of each other. Are there ANY differences/advantages of one over the other?
Quote:Also, since they come with a 1.25" and a 2" eyepiece, does that mean that I would need 2 different Barlows and a moon filter for the 1.25?
Quote:Laser Collimator (1 battery included)
Quote:Battery operated primary mirror cooling fan
@BDS316: So, if I go with the Z8 (with the 2" 30mm and 1.25" 9mm) would you suggest that the 2" 30mm should be the only 2" I should get (for now) and any additional starter EPs (like a 11 or 12mm) should be 1.25"?
I kind of wish both eyepieces were the same size so that I could use one Barlow for both and then have the combination of 40x/80x and 133x/266x magnification with a 2X Barlow. Or can I if I get a 2" Barlow and put it in the focuser first. So it would go 2" Focuser - 2" Barlow - 2" to 1.25" adapter - 1.25" EP? Where would a filter go? I don't quite get the sequence of putting it all together.
Quote:BDS316: So, if I go with the Z8 (with the 2" 30mm and 1.25" 9mm) would you suggest that the 2" 30mm should be the only 2" I should get (for now) and any additional starter EPs (like a 11 or 12mm) should be 1.25"?
Quote:Again, that's a little more mucking around with unscrewing things and screwing them into other eyepieces a lot but it gives you a lot of versatility.
Quote:Quote:Again, that's a little more mucking around with unscrewing things and screwing them into other eyepieces a lot but it gives you a lot of versatility.Ha! Yeah...I don't think I would be comfortable taking apart a lens. Chances are I would A. Scratch it. B. Not be able to put it back together the same way.
Quote:Peer pressure!! Did you order any accessories with it?
Quote:I'd wait on the barlows. You won't use them as much as you'd think...