Thank for the replies Everyone!
Sorry I did not make this clear earlier, the Zhumell Z8 comes already packaged with a laser collimator, 8x50 right angle finder scope, attached cooling fan, and moon filter (non-variable). Zhumell also throws in a couple EP's: A 30mm 2" and 9mm 1.25" (plossl's I believe). These along with my Baa
der Hyperion zoom and Barlow should satisfy my viewing experience for sometime.
So the above takes care of some of the recommendations... and yes, a laser collimator is well worth having in my opinion!
On to some of the other comments:
As for why I mentioned turning a mishap into a positive, for 1) as Leveye mentioned I failed to ask about the solar filter prior to purchasing, which in my opinion is sound advice, and 2) I want to try to recoup some of the money in exchange for an item that would actually be usual to me (perhaps the solar filter is not ideal at this time?)..
What is making the filter not fit are the 8 individual compression locking tabs on the Orion filter (Safety Solar Filter for 8" - Order# 07749), I can pinch them in enough to get the filter started but where it rests still leaves a good 1/4" or more protruding from telescope's end. Not being secured and the fact that the filter is made of compression tabs, even a slight bump (I will usually grab near the top to reposition Dobsonian) could cause the filter to "Jump", not just fall off.... I do like Phil Sherman's idea of using Velcro (will keep this in mind), however, not sure I am willing to go this route for such a new item...
Other suggestions I am certainly considering: Observation chair, Star Charts... Any specific suggestions?... Pocket Sky Atlas?... Star Safari Plus, is this a type of star chart?..
Also, would it really be worth upgrading to the Baader zoom specific Barlow, rather than keep and use the one I already have (2" Zhumell 2x Barlow w/1.25" adapter)?..
Other items occupying my mind:
- What about "Flocking" a Newtonian (Dobsonian)?... worth it, not worth it?...
- "Bob's Knobs" or similar type thumb screws for secondary mirror?... (primary already has this type feature).
Oh, and I think I already have the small table covered, actually a small collapsible step stool that should work for now.
Anything else someone can think of for a beginner?...
Again, thank you!