Hi. Have been around the site doing research for a while before joining a couple of weeks ago. I have an Orion 130 ST EQ which I've used for a number of years. Looking to upgrade to a computerized scope with much better optics. Not interested in astrophotography. We live in the foothills of western NC with minimal light pollution. Most interested in planets and Messiers.
What I've settled on after a lot of looking is the the Orion 10G GoTo computerized Dobsonian. Solid wall OTA. By the time I add the power pack and the essential accessories it will just about max out the budget. It comes with a 28mm 2" DeepView eyepiece and a 12.5mm 1.25" illuminated crosshair Plossl eyepiece.
So, I'm asking the good folks here for a few things:
- Do you see any fatal flaws?
- Any recommendations for eyepieces?
- Dew Control; Do I need a heater console and multiple heaters? Or, can I use some sort of wrap?
- Finally, I've read about binoviewers and am intrigued about that as an add-on at some point. Apparently the Dobsonians present some challenges for them, but can be overcome. Any input there?
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. One quick thing I wanted to share was that with everything backordered it took the temptation out of impulse-buying a new unit. I've shifted gears three times over the past month while looking into this after reading lots of good input to others.
Edited by rayvil01, 16 January 2021 - 07:51 AM.