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    Do NOT be afraid of the size of a 10 inch Dob...!!!!
    Your buddy may be in a wheel chair, but he obviously has some upper body strength. I am an average-sized woman with puny arms I just lifted my 32 pound TV as a test, and it was a struggle. Obviously the shape of the TV makes it difficult to lift (it's not "huggable" like a 6- or 8-inch tube might be), but it's heavy enough to possibly deter me from taking my scope out after a long day at work.


    If I could do it over again I'd have got The 8 inch just to be able to use 2 inch eye pieces.
    My understanding is that the 2 inch eyepieces have a wider field of view than the 1.25" eyepieces. Is that accurate?


    Take a look at the Zhumell Z8, (I have a Z10 on the way as I type this) More goodied included for your $$$ than Orion.
    It does look like a better scope for the money, but also heavier than the XT8. Weight is the main reason I am leaning towards the XT6 rather than the XT8, so I don't want to get any heavier. Thank you for the suggestion, though


    I'd think twice about the 10 inch Dob if lifting awkward/heavy objects is any concern. It looked mighty big and bulky to me and I went for an 8 incher instead. Try to get to see them in person if possible before buying.
    The nearest Orion dealer is about a 3 hour drive away ("The Observatory" in Dallas...anyone familiar with it?), so I was hoping to avoid that. However, I'd hate to lose out on extra aperture if I can handle the weight, so I think I will wait a couple of weeks until my next break from work and head out there. Maybe I can even bring the scope home with me and avoid shipping charges.

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    hi zrdi and welcome.
    sensible thinking there.go see it in the flesh,see if you can lift it.
    the ota will seperate from the base,usually by one hand screw pin.
    it takes seconds.also,if there are no motors(just a push to),the base
    will be lighter.
    the 8" tube will be 4ft long,or as near as damn it,but they're not too heavy.
    if you decide to go for the 8",you'll love it.
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    Yes, The Observatory in Dallas is a great place to get help with your equipment needs. Many of our club members buy equipment there, and they even feature free night sky class with your new scope to teach you how to use it.

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    I think that testing them out to see if you can handle them is an excellent idea but I will remind of you little detail that the others have neglected... Get the scope the you will use. if you don't like the scope, for whatever reason then you won't use it and that defeats the whole purpose for getting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zardi View Post
    My understanding is that the 2 inch eyepieces have a wider field of view than the 1.25" eyepieces. Is that accurate?

    It does look like a better scope for the money, but also heavier than the XT8. Weight is the main reason I am leaning towards the XT6 rather than the XT8, so I don't want to get any heavier. Thank you for the suggestion, though
    Yes, 2 inch eyepieces can show you a wider field of view. They also are usually quite a bit more expensive and heavy. 1.25 inch eyepieces can show you a lot.

    Both the 6 and 8 inch are great options. Nothing wrong with either one. The 6 inch is smaller and a bit lighter. Keep in mind that you can carry the optical tube and the base separately.

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    Hi gang... I just wanted to add my thoughts about the OP's comment about getting a computerized scope. I, too, am pretty new at this hobby and I am having a blast learning how to star-hop the "old fashioned" way. But I do have the hand controller for my 6" dob, and I can tell you it has really enhanced my enjoyment of my telescope. There have been many nights lately where I haven't had a lot of time to spend outside, but I was just dying to get out in the yard even for a little while. It takes no time at all to set up and I can do a "mini-marathon" in an hour or so -- just to get a little fix! It's also been very rewarding for me to have the computer confirm that I found the object I was looking for in my atlas. I'm finding it to be more of a companion than a controller.

    I think if I had it to do over, I would have saved up a bit longer for the 8" Dob with the controller -- more aperture and bigger EP's would be awesome (maybe next year!). In short, I find that the controller is actually helping me learn more about how to star-hop and how to navigate, and that as I am learning and studying more of the basics, it's a great tool (along with Stellarium and my trusty notebook!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    Bob pretty much said it all. While the DOB will not do for astrophotography, neither will the AstroView 6. True, you can motorize the astroview 6 and it will track objects; however, I think you will find the act of star hopping much more difficult with a Newtonian on an equatorial mount than you will with a Dobson mounted Newtonian telescope.
    I'm not sure I understand this statement. Why does the opinion that an equatorial mount makes starhopping more difficult make a "motorized" Astroview 6 EQ unsuitable for astrophotography? Is the motor drive shaky/jerky?

    Not trying to start an argument but just curious as I just ordered this 'scope...

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinbowser
    I'm not sure I understand this statement. Why does the opinion that an equatorial mount makes starhopping more difficult make a "motorized" Astroview 6 EQ unsuitable for astrophotography? Is the motor drive shaky/jerky?
    I'm also curious about this...



    Thanks for all the great advice! I plan to drive to Dallas next weekend to see the scopes in person. Having an 8-inch Dob with the hand controller is looking like an attractive option, but it is near the top of my price range, so I may need to compromise between aperture and computerization. I will definitely be back to let you know what I selected, and in the mean time, I'll be lurking and reading other topics.

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    I got my scope today!

    It was a long drive to Dallas, and I managed to get lost downtown for an hour, but in the end it was completely worth it. The Observatory didn't have any Orion classic dobs in stock, just Intelliscopes, and they cost more than from the Orion website (the shop assembles the scope for you and sets up the electronics). However, I ended up going with the Intelliscope 8" anyway. It cost more than I expected to spend, but factoring in what I would have spent on ordering a classic dob (the shipping costs, a second eyepiece, a right-angle finder scope), the relatively small difference in price between the classic and the Intelliscope, and the time they saved me by setting up the scope themselves, I decided the cost was worth it. They even threw in a Celestron barlow lens for free because I was so hesitant about spending the extra money. Great customer service.

    The store itself was wonderful. The staff really took their time to help me and answer all of my questions, and I didn't feel pressured by them to get the computerized scope rather than order a classic. The owner (at least, I presume he was the owner) even came over to meet me after he finished with the customer he was helping. Although the idea of driving to Dallas ever again is giving me a headache, I really do want to give them my business when I buy accessories in a few months. I guess there's always Amtrak...

    I'll give my impression of using the scope once I get a chance to try it out. It's cloudy tonight

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    Congrats on the new scope, the 8" can keep you busy for a lifetime so consider it money well spent.

 

 
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