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#1 rnc39560

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 03:59 PM

Ok, my aunt has become interested in astronomy, I choose the Zhumell 130mm as a lightweight, good performance scope. Our sister and nephew also live next to her. While researching, I also saw the Zhumell 114mm. Little lighter, little cheaper. My question is, how much of a difference will a 1/2" mirror size make to a total novice? Should I get the 130 or the 114? 



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Posted 16 December 2018 - 04:45 PM

Don't cheap out!  If she can handle the 114, she can handle the 130!  They are NOT heavy. 


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 04:47 PM

I just read your sig line. Have you taken these scopes over to your aunt's house and see what she prefers?


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 08:15 PM

I just read your sig line. Have you taken these scopes over to your aunt's house and see what she prefers?

No I haven't, she has seen them but not LOOKED though any. it's totally based on what she wants to observe, how she wants, and what she's capable of. She isn't interested in terrestrial or having a tripod. She does have a decent pair of 8x40 binos. And looking at my xt8 she has stated she likes the design, but doesn't want something cumbersome, heavy or with a long tube. She did like the design of my homemade tabletop. She has SEEN them, but not USED any in practice.  Based on all that, I think a table top with a sturdy 3 leg stool would be right where she wants to be. I'll also build an observer's chair. She doesn't wish to stand long periods either. Main focus is planets, moon, and brighter DSO's such as m42 and similar brightness, and open and closed clusters.


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Posted 16 December 2018 - 08:19 PM

Don't cheap out!  If she can handle the 114, she can handle the 130!  They are NOT heavy. 

The price isn't the issue, there are a couple of us going in on it. They no nothing of scopes or astronomy, so it's on me. I was just thinking of the 11# weight difference vs only a 1/2" in mirror size. She's 78, is the 1/2" going to be that much visually, vs her carrying 11#'s more?



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Posted 17 December 2018 - 01:12 AM

Wow, so much input. Thanks guys. 




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