I am looking to buy a new telescope. I am somewhat of a beginner, i have a 12" Dobsonian but i am looking to buy something more portable that i can bring to darker sites with my car. The 12" Dobsonian is just way too much work disassembling/assembling, and the parts are heavy.
Also i am looking to buy a telescope that, hopefully, will be in accordance of airlines for carry on luggage and i can bring the optics at least in my backpack with no issues from TSA. (im guessing it has to be under 6" or else i may have issues")
So these are my points that i look for:
- GoTo motorized mount
- Travel safe (worldwide)
- Good for everything (planets, a little bit of AP maybe, Nebulas, Galaxies) (I'd like to use it for a little of everything hopefully)
I originally wanted a Nexstar 6SE but i am starting to think i may have issues with TSA on airports. I can fit it in my backpack but its still pretty big and i think it will make many officers "wonder" what this thing is and it may get rejected by TSA.
So i am guessing i need to go down to a 4" or something at the max.
These are my options so far, please feel free to add a suggestion if you think some other telescope may be a better choice:
- NexStar 90SLT
- Celestron 80LCM
- Meade ETX80
Please contribute your knowledge on the subject, i am still a beginner and i may even be wrong with the 6SE being an issue with TSA, i've heard i can call ahead and ask if its allowed but that doesn't ensure things going well at the checkpoints. I totally want the 6SE but if its high-risk with TSA i will have to choose one of the above options.
Thank you for reading!