I start this topic to request your help and support to chose my new Dobsonian telescope.
I own a skywatcher flex tube 300p. That is not enough unfortunately :-)
the place where I want to be is around the half meter. So my choice will be either a 18 or a 20 inches scope.
what I need is:
1. Extreme portability and lightweight, truss, heaviest component still manageable from 1 person
2. Should fit into a small car I have a Dacia sandero which is small, so disassemble the easy way is needed
3. Not too high at zenith i would like to avoid having to use ladder, maybe just a small step
4. Good optical quality
5. Tracking and goto
unfortunately I live in Europe. Europe is not the place where you want to buy dobs. For many reasons: pricey, difficult to find, difficult to import. We don’t have the culture of dobsonians here.
now, I was particularly looking at:
1. SW stargate
3. Hubble optics
the 1st is not recommendable for many reasons, has very bad reputation and is heavy.
the second is one of the best options, but I really don’t know how I could import it without literally oblterating the vantage of purchasing in US and paying in USD. Custom and shipment is very high.
HO is another good one. It matches all requirements and is sold in EU by Astroshop, but with an awfully high mark up, also considering shipping and customs. The good is that the goto kit comes at “only” 1500 EUR instead of stellarcat sold at more than 3000 USD.
Am I missing something? Someone is able to point me to the right direction?
All suggestions and comments are welcome.
Help me be a victim of the aperture fever!