Quote:I think to "go to"/"push to" or not to really depends on where you are observing from. Where I live there are not a whole lot of stars to hop from. For looking at planets and the moon it certainly doesn't matter. Those are the objects most folks would look at as a beginner. I'm glad I got push to on my 10 inch dob. I don't think I'd still be observing without some sort of electronics. I know you guys enjoy finding objects (from previous posts). I can tell you that not everyone is like that. I could care less about the finding part of observing (in fact I really don't enjoy it at all). I'm much more into the observing part. I don't think we should assume that everyone is the same for this hobby. With an 11 year old, planets and the moon may be just fine with him. Maybe he would learn the sky and find objects. But unless we know his personality we really can't advise. I really do like the push to scopes. They are there if you need some help (especially for hard to find targets). But you don't have to use them if you don't want. Or you can use them together with star hopping. Star hop...or just scan the sky...then if you find something interesting you can record the coordinates.I guess in this situation the 4.5 is probably the safe bet. Then he can get a better scope later if he still has interest.
Celestron CPC1100 Orion XT10i, XT12i Celestron C6R Explore Scientific 80mm APO Celestron Advanced VX mount Lunt LS80THa/PT/DSII/B1800FT Canon 15x50 IS Binoculars ES 82° 6.7, 11, 30mm ES 100 Degree 9, 14, and 20mm Dinkmeier Premimum Binoviewers TeleVue 24 Panoptic pair
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:its a great scope and will not be out grown as fast as the 4.5
If Charles Messier had written for Sky & Telescope his column would have been "Deep Sky Blunders" Currently most used equipment: Orion 8" XTi Intelliscope dobsonian Orion 6" Starblast 6i Orion 80ED Oberwerk 15x70 Garrett Gemini 10x50 24mm Panoptic
Quote:its a great scope and will not be outgrown as fast as the 4.5
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:Which moon filter would I need to get for the xt6? There are a few on orions website. Which would you recommend?
Quote:Ok, I called a classified about an xt6 for $200 (the one I posted earlier). It was purchased in March and they are wanting to upgrade. So this may be the deal we go with. It's practically new! Thoughts on this over buying the 4.5?
Orion XT8 Pentax
It's a long night and tell me what else were you gonna do...
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