This is my first post here, and in the beginner forum I've seen a lot of similar posts and I'm sorry to add to them. Basically my dad likes looking at the moon and Jupiter through binoculars here at home, and so do I to some extent. Last year he showed an interest in me buying him a telescope for his birthday and I did a lot of research into what I could afford and what would be good for us. Only for him to decide that he wanted a la-z-boy instead. In the meantime my mother has decided to go hard into the conspiracies during this quarantine (not that she left the house much otherwise) and is sure that the Earth is flat. I'm not really a scientist but I know that just about any large body in our world tends to end up in a ball shape, why would Earth be any different? So for this year for my birthday I asked for a telescope as well, for my dad to enjoy and my mom to say I'm photoshopping the light because I think that'd be kinda funny.
Anyway, I bring this up to dad and he goes hard onto facebook marketplace and after showing me 30 telescopes with "national geographic" and telescopes that you would see in the toys aisle at walmart. Finally, he scrolls past a big ole sky bazooka in front of me. I make him stop on it. It's a used Orion 10" Dobsonian for 350$. A pretty good deal and the first real telescope he showed me. Well, about an hour later he tells me hes negotiated it down to 300 and that we're driving down about 3 hours in the morning to go get it. Now I kinda start panicking, because we live in the suburbs, and I'm a 5'7 punk girl and I don't think I can lift that huge thing to get it in the backyard. Even if i can, will I want to? Will it collect more dust than light? Like yea, it's half a gift for him, but I think it's kinda cool too and what if I really like it? Like I don't think it'll even fit in my car if i wanted to go to darker skies. I honestly think a 5" cassegrain would be better for us to be able to just throw open a window, have a driven stand so we don't have to adjust constantly, and won't weigh a ton. I wasn't really able to find anything used fitting that description within 4 hours of me, and dad already kinda has his mind set on it.
Will I hate the dob? How heavy are they?
Any tips on maybe getting him to delay picking it up? He can be kinda stubborn
General thoughts on a 5" cassegrain vs a 10" orion dob? I know the bazooka will be better at nebulas, but we live in a moderately light polluted area near detroit anyway.
Also when I end up with the star bazooka (.__. ) what eyepieces would ya'll recommend? I figure I would need some magnification, a light pollution filter, a moon thing, I'm not against like nebula and further field eyepieces but I just dont think I'd have much luck with it here. I've looked on amazon and are the cheaper brands worth it, like SVBONY? (which is a great silly name) Or should I just keep everything in brand to make sure everything fits? I've also read that the focuser on the basic 10" dob isn't very good, would I need to replace that too realistically, or should it be fine for a beginner?
Sorry I know it's a lot to read but thank you for doing so
Edited by Aoi, 10 April 2020 - 04:25 AM.