I was wondering if anyone has an opinion on which would be a better starter scope, the:
$459 - Explore FirstLight 10" Dobsonian - FL-DOB1005-01
$659 - Apertura AD 10 Dobonian
The Apertura has 2 eyepeices (2" superview 30 mm and 1.25" 9 mm plossl) as opposed to ES's one 1.25" 25 mm plossl. It also has a laser collimater, a fan, an 8x50 Right Angle Correct Image Finder, 2 speed focuser (as opposed to ES's 1 speed) and a moon filter. The price tag on the ES would have less sticker shock on my better half , but would I be better off "biting the bullet" on the Apertura? For instance I've read that I may need to buy a Cheshire Collimation Eyepiece anyway because Apertura's laser isn't accurate and that i will probably want to change out the 9 mm extra eyepiece off the bat. This will be my first scope so I'm not sure how to assess the relative merrits of each scope and price. Thanks in advance.
PS do any of the telescope sites typically have President's Day sales or at any other times. I read in another topic that they sometimes hold sales during the NEAF Expo. PD is a week away and the NEAF convention as about two months away I think.