Hey, I’m new to the forum and and have been searching for my first telescope for a while now. I’ve decided that I think I wanna get the Orion Skyquest XT6 because of the attractive price as I’m just starting out. However as I’ve been researching I see alot of people also enjoy the XT8 and scraping up some extra money wouldn’t be too much of an issue. So I have a few questions about which would ultimately be the better option.
Coming from a beginner who only used a telescope a handful of times, is there a major difference in ease of use that would make it more difficult to use the XT8 than the XT6?
As for plantetary viewing is there a significant difference in the quality and detail of the viewing between the two? Are you able to see Neptune and Uranus with the XT6 or do you need the XT8? I would like to do a decent amount of planetary observation but don’t need a amount of detail.
As for deep sky viewing, this where I’m mostly stuck between the two. I know the capacity to view DSO increases with aperture, but how good is the XT6 at spotting those objects? I would like to be able to view galaxies and planetary nebulas, so should I go for the XT8 or would I be satifised with the viewing capabilities of the XT6?
Sorry for all the questions, I would just like to make sure I make the right purchase. This will likely be my only telescope for a while so I would like pick one that I like. Thanks for the help.