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#1 Bonco2

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 03:06 PM

Finally had some steady skies, so I tested my new XT8 on some doubles in Orion. Clearly viewed all 6 stars in the trapezium. Nice view of 4 members of Sigma.

Alnitak,  Rigel,  and Eta  were easy and clear beautiful splits. Pretty happy with the XT8's performance.

Bill


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#2 KerryR

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Posted 27 March 2019 - 04:59 PM

Nice!

I have a soft spot in my heart for the XT dobs. An XT8 was my first "large" scope.


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Posted 27 March 2019 - 11:21 PM

I have an XT 8, great scope , easy to use , resolves Jupiter down to the white ovals, you would have to spend thousands more to get a significantly better scope, enjoy the planets this summer.

Edited by tommy10, 27 March 2019 - 11:22 PM.

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 06:09 AM

Nice! I used to have an XT10 back in the day (in the 2000, right before high school). Now my daughter’s XT6 is the scope I use the most...
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Posted 28 March 2019 - 09:59 AM

Hi,

I love to tease out the e and f stars but seeing usually STINKS where I observe. Least mag I bagged e and f was 75x and 62x for just e. What mags were u using and where do you observe?

Clear skies

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 10:13 AM

I routinely get the e and f stars at 92x (13mm Nagler), this scope is very comparable to my ED120, the price boggles my mind...

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Posted 28 March 2019 - 11:07 AM

Finally had some steady skies, so I tested my new XT8 on some doubles in Orion. Clearly viewed all 6 stars in the trapezium. Nice view of 4 members of Sigma.

Alnitak,  Rigel,  and Eta  were easy and clear beautiful splits. Pretty happy with the XT8's performance.

Bill

Good choice, after 3.x years I still think my 8" Newtonian delivers an impressive amount of things to look at. XT8, not too expensive, not too heavy, not to long and bulky.

 

The beginning of a nice journey for you.


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Posted 28 March 2019 - 03:20 PM

I sold my Z10 and bought the XT8, thus I've been doing several tests. So far its met my expectations and is so much easier to transport. I must say tho the Z10 had equally good optics. It was just too heavy for me.
Bill
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Posted 28 March 2019 - 10:56 PM

Bill, I tend to agree. I can handle a 10”, but just don’t enjoy the huffing and puffing. Do-able, but adding an unpleasant workhorse experience to an otherwise peaceful night under the stars, and the tear down’s even more unpleasant, often done at the coldest point of the evening.

I can handle a 10”, but it’s just not worth it for me. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll gladly take a nice long gaze thru your 12” scope, I just don’t want to own such a beast myself. This hobby’s fun and artistic for me. An 8” dob provides plenty of punch, can still get by without a coma corrector, is less demanding about collimation, and is just plain easier to set up and tear down. Don’t blame you at all, Bill. I’m with you!
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