"Newbie" question re: Dobsonian
Posted 24 January 2004 - 09:16 PM
Posted 25 January 2004 - 01:53 AM
If you just plan on leaving it there, and want a big dob, you will not need a truss dobsonian, you can take a tube one which will be cheaper.
Posted 25 January 2004 - 08:11 PM
I'm in no great rush and am just starting to look around and gathering info and advice... so I'm all ears!
Posted 01 February 2004 - 08:57 PM
Posted 01 February 2004 - 10:32 PM
Posted 01 February 2004 - 10:36 PM
Posted 01 February 2004 - 10:37 PM
Posted 01 February 2004 - 10:39 PM
I don't know if you saw my last post in your other thread.
Those scopes at Sean's are the same as the Hardin Deep Space Hunter. (See X-post thread).
They are the older models with the older base. The scope is the same one that you and I have, Carolyn. I was at Sean's today and used it to measure the rings needed to mount the 8".
Posted 01 February 2004 - 11:38 PM
I need HELP!!!
Posted 01 February 2004 - 11:44 PM
Posted 01 February 2004 - 11:50 PM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 12:16 AM
As for the GoTo...it is nice and I have it on my smaller refractor, but I never use it. I use the motors for the tracking. If you mean the electronic setting circles on the intelliscope, I don't know...I've never had a chance to use them. I don't think that I would personally use them, but we are all different in what we like and don't like.
Good luck and don't let analysis paralysis keep you from getting a scope.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 12:29 AM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 12:57 AM
I think I'll look inyo the Hardin 8" Dob at Sean's and forgo the IntelliScope since I live on Cape Cod which has little light pollution (only people pollution during the summer).
Posted 02 February 2004 - 01:04 AM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 02:23 PM
I don't have a SUV. I have a Ford Taurus. Do you think the 10" would fit?
Posted 02 February 2004 - 02:34 PM
Posted 02 February 2004 - 10:57 PM
I could put down the back seats in my car and load it up like a pair o ski's!!!
Posted 02 February 2004 - 11:16 PM
If you live in a dark area and think you can handle the 10 inch scope, I would go for it but it is more cumbersome and heavier, which is something to consider because if you find it too hard to handle then you won't want to use it. That is where your cart will really come in handy.
I don't know anything about the Intelliscope's setting circles but I do know you still have to know your way around the sky to use it. I think you would be happy with the Deep Space Hunter because it is a lot of scope for a good price, it is well built and easy to set up. You can't go wrong. There are several of us who have that scope, and we all like it a lot.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 11:31 PM
I live on Cape Cod and could wheel the Dob from my garage to my front yard, in front of my pool, below is Plesant Bay with Nauset beach and the Atlantic behind it!
Damm the Street light to right at the end of the road!
PLEASE!!!! I want a Dob... I'm no young chick that can carry a ton of weight around but I'm willing to. But I do have the geographical position to afford the opportunity to view from a fairly light-polluted sky and would really appreciate the experience and recomendation on how to about applying the idea of a stable platform with locked wheels.
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Posted 02 February 2004 - 11:35 PM
what do you mean by "cart" because I am seriously getting close to orderind this sucker soon and as you can tell by my spelling getting more nervous by the secound!
Posted 02 February 2004 - 11:49 PM
The base on the Hardin 8" dob is 20#. The OTA (the scope itself) is 20#. I pick mine up together and move it. It is bulky but not really heavy for me, being a big manly, man! (you're supposed to chuckle)!
It is mainly bulky more than anything else. Like Carolyn said, most of us like or 8" dobs. Guess what...If you buy and decide you don't like it, sell it on Astromart for $350 and chalk it up to learning. I doubt you will sell it anytime soon, though.
You could always get a smaller refractor...most Dob owners end up with one...why not start there and move to the dob later if you are uncomfortable.
Posted 02 February 2004 - 11:59 PM
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