Rob Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another..... Plato
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 on Round Table EQ Platform
Quote:I'm looking for a starter scope in the 200 dollar range. Any suggestion? Refractor? Reflector?
You know you are there when you start thinking in terms of EXIT PUPIL rather than Magnification..
Dr. Willie K. Yee President Mid-Hudson Astronomical Assn.Member RAC, AOSNY, IDA, Astronomers Without Borders, Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project
NexStar 50 Expert, Lunar 50 Expert; AL Outreach, Messier, and Sunspotters AwardsCommander Prius Class Shuttlecraft Zhang HengTeeter 13.1" f/4.5 Custom Dob, NexStar8 SE, Meade 80mm f/6 ED Apo, Meade 363 f/10 80 mm, Lunt LS60THa, PST dbl stk
Explore Scientific ED127Explore Scientific AR152Celestron Omni XLT 102 Orion XT10i
Quote:As for the dob...the Zhumell(or Apertura) anytime over the orion...just compare the accessories they both ship with...
Quote:Its already been shipped Ill still be able to get some use out of it right?
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Friends call me Duane. Compustar C14, Leo Henzl's Custom C8, 6" Refractor Adv. GT mount, 6" F5 Omni XLT Newt., LXD-75 F4 Imaging SN8, Meade 8" F6 Newtonian, EX Dynamax DX6, RV-6 ETX-90 Astro, Meade 2045 4" SCT, B&L 4000 Vixen/Celestron 80mm F11 JC Penny 60mm AZ/ALT Refractor Binos 25x100
Quote:Yes, the Zhumell Eclipse is the barlow design ... according to the owner reviews there's a lens at the bottom of the eyepiece drawtube (and on at least one occasion it has fallen off and damaged the mirror). One other weird little feature -- the user is required to use a screw-on extension tube between the eyepiece and focuser (Zhumell calls it an eyepiece adapter or an eyepiece extender depending on where you look in the manual). You can see it here.I'd personally recommend Celestron's 102 GT from Costco if there are any left. I've had one for more than a year and it's my only scope at this time, and I'm no newbie -- been into the hobby for 37 years and on more of a budget than some of the other guys here. It has a few forgivable (and correctable) faults -- no scope is perfect -- but it's a steal for $199. Plus, you'll get Goto, more clear aperture than the reflector, and no collimation hassles.Question: Can scopes like the Zhumell be accurately called Newtonian Reflectors? It would seem that the insertion of a lens in the optical path would make a unique enough difference to call for a change in design nomenclature. (I mean hey, insert a lens in an SCT's light path and you've got a Mak-Cass.) Maybe these things should be called Mak-Newts. Meade