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#1 khegde

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 09:00 PM

Hi....Which is the best Dobsonian telescope under 500$ for planets and deep sky objects?? I am looking for a dob as my first telescope as I think I may run out of things to see with a refractor with limited aperture in my budget....
 

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Posted 07 August 2020 - 09:09 PM

Possibly 8" Dob? https://www.astronom...r.html?___SID=U


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 09:35 PM

AD8, or Z8, but they're out of stock...

https://www.telescop...accessories-ad8

 

Might be able to find a used 10 inch.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 09:55 PM

It's worth checking Craig's List or FB Marketplace.  A lot of people buy them, and then don't use them.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:26 PM

I would look for a good used 8" or 10" Dob on Cloudy Nights Reflector Classifieds.  You can get a good used 8 of 10" for under $500.


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Posted 07 August 2020 - 10:55 PM

Orion Dob, 8 inches, $400. https://www.telescop...yCategoryId=398



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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:32 PM

Thanks for your replies.......is it worth going for something like NexStar 4se as far as “how much can we see” is concerned as compared to an 8 inch Z8 or AD8??



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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:47 PM

Aperture rules mainly in this hobby when sky conditions allow. chalk and cheese to be honest comparing a 4” scope visually to an 8” dob it just allows you to see further into the cosmos regarding deep sky objects.i agree try to get a preowned one you might even be able to pick up a couple of good quality eyepieces with the deal.


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:54 PM

An 8' Dob will collect 4 times as much light as a 4" for a much brighter view on all objects.  You can put a want ad in the CN reflector classifieds and buy a good used Dob from a member with good ratings.  You can buy a used Dob. keep it for years and sell it for about what you paid for it if you take care it.  Good things come to those who wait.


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 12:57 PM

Thanks for your replies.......is it worth going for something like NexStar 4se as far as “how much can we see” is concerned as compared to an 8 inch Z8 or AD8??

Well, you were looking for the best dobson, so people suggested dobsons and not a mak like the NexStar. If by 'best' you meant 'seeing the most', you can't do better than an 8" dob for the budget. By far the most aperture in the price range.


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 01:17 PM

Thanks for your replies.......is it worth going for something like NexStar 4se as far as “how much can we see” is concerned as compared to an 8 inch Z8 or AD8??

 

An 8 inch Dob has several things going for it compared to a 4 inch Mak.

 

The larger aperture means it gathers 4 times as much light, twice the resolution and greater contrast.

 

These are all important advantages when observing the planets.

 

Jon


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#12 khegde

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Posted 08 August 2020 - 03:44 PM

Ok....i think 8 in dob it shall be....i have heard good things about zhumell but dont know that much about the apertura series...
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Posted 08 August 2020 - 03:48 PM

Ok....i think 8 in dob it shall be....i have heard good things about zhumell but dont know that much about the apertura series...

It's exactly the same scope.  Only the branding, and sometimes the accessories offered with it differ.


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 08:13 PM

Ok....i think 8 in dob it shall be....i have heard good things about zhumell but dont know that much about the apertura series...

Also look at the CL ads and Facebook Marketplace ads near you. In our DC metro area, someone is selling an Orion 8 inch dob, with some eyepieces and a solar filter, for $150 . 


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Posted 08 August 2020 - 09:03 PM

Thanks for your replies.......is it worth going for something like NexStar 4se as far as “how much can we see” is concerned as compared to an 8 inch Z8 or AD8??

I have been using an 8" SCT. recently I purchased a 5" SCT for a portable scope. I found myself really unimpressed and sold the C5 shortly after.

Get an 8". I have seen 8" SCT's go for under $500 (classic orange C8) so an 8" dob should be easy to find for under $500. I sold one not too long ago for around $250.

Fwiw I just ordered a 10" dob to suppliment my 8" sct.

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 02:03 PM

Thanks for all the prompt and useful suggestions!!
 

it looks like most of the 8 in dobs have similar performance and quality....the differences are mostly in the accessories.



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 01:03 PM

Be sure to consider the difference in weight between the various 8”f6 dobs on the market. For me, it was the deciding factor. 



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Posted 10 August 2020 - 01:25 PM

Ok....i think 8 in dob it shall be....i have heard good things about zhumell but dont know that much about the apertura series...

 

If I could have only one telescope, it would be my 8" Portaball.  It does everything well.  The 8" imported dobs have obtained commodity status meaning they are mostly the same with few differentiators.  Buy on price and any features that captivate your interest.  


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Posted 11 August 2020 - 01:47 PM

Thanks for all the prompt and useful suggestions!!
 

it looks like most of the 8 in dobs have similar performance and quality....the differences are mostly in the accessories.

Most of them are made by only a couple companies and rebranded - so other than accessories, they will be the same.  The difference comes when people start upgrading components until the metal tube is the only original thing left on them.



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Posted 11 August 2020 - 06:15 PM

$50 over budget, but worth it   https://explorescien...ght-8-dobsonian


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Posted 11 August 2020 - 06:18 PM

If I could have only one telescope, it would be my 8" Portaball.  It does everything well.  The 8" imported dobs have obtained commodity status meaning they are mostly the same with few differentiators.  Buy on price and any features that captivate your interest.  

Everything well except setting circles



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Posted 16 August 2020 - 11:28 AM

I know I'm late to this topic but I wanted to add my two cents. An 8" f/6 dob makes a great all around scope. Big enough to really gather some photons and yet small enough to be easily transportable. A moot point, I guess, since it appears you have already decided to get an 8". I would suggest Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist as you can find some really good deals. I got a brand new condition Orion 8"XT Plus for $350.00 and then several weeks later couldn't help myself when a brand new condition Orion 8"XTI showed up for $150.00. I know that these kind of deals don't come up every day but, if you keep an eye on the ads and are willing to wait for it they do come up.  




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