Quote:Ok, I just went and looked at Cragslist near to you. I see a couple of things that are mildly interesting but overpriced (but perhaps they'll take less?) and one that SEEMS LIKE A SCREAMING DEAL TO ME...The Nexstar5 is a good scope, but $500 is more than I'd give - more like $350. There's an XT8 for $285, would be interesting to me at $200, and is what the people around here recommend as the ideal starting scope. AND THERE'S A 10" DOB FOR $110!!!!! AN OLD COULTER 10.1 DOB!! The pics are good enough to convince me it should be useable. If it was close to me I'd jump on it myself. If you don't get it, I'll try get the guy to ship me just the optics eyepieces and focuser out of it. (assuming it doesn't get pounced on now that I've drawn attention to it)
Quote:Go for it, John. That thing is just too massive for me. I don't even have a decent place to store it.I might contact the guy on that 8 incher.
Quote:Even at $200 bucks, for me to travel to Lodi, and back, will probably cost me another $60 in gas.
Quote:Quote:Even at $200 bucks, for me to travel to Lodi, and back, will probably cost me another $60 in gas. see if they will meet you half way? many people will. it never hurts to ask questions, you never know how desperate they might be to sell it and if it does not sell quickly they could change their mind. imho you cannot go wrong with an XT8 or any other 8" dob to start off with. they are light enough to be carried as a single unit and small enough that you can stick them in a corner at your house when not in use. easily fits in a 20 x 20 square area.
Kevin Apertura 8" Dob, Pentax K-5 My Photography Website -- My Flickr
ALL my posts should be considered as opinions shaped by MY experiences and understanding of the facts.
nOOb with a ETX-80, ETX-90 and a Coulter Compact Odyssey 10.
Quote:Good luck, an 8" dob will show you a lot.