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    I have decided on an 8" dob but need advice on which brand to go with. Both seem very comparable but I am new to this so I am not sure what the major differences are. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    From what I've read and experienced you really can't go wrong with either. But Orion's customer service is likely superior.

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    I don't own either, but I've read a lot of posts concerning them. Most of what I've read is along the line of, "optically they're about equal" so go with whichever one provides better service or accessories or overall price.

    Personally, I've made several orders from Orion without any problem, so I would vouch for their service. However, I'm sure that other forum members would be willing to vouch for Zhumell's service.

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    I would place the Orion straight tube DOB and the Zhumell perfectly similar in quality-- the Zhumell "tube knobs" are better than the Orion "spring" for balancing-- and you get a few extra accessories with the Zhumell.

    If you decide on the Orion Intelliscope than the "teflon" washer knobs on the Intelliscope are similar to the Zhumell for balancing.

    Customer service is better at Orion.
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    I might as well chime in that after a couple transactions I've had nothing but good experiences with Telescopes.com and their customer service. The phone support is quick, they all speak English, and emails are answered promptly. The choice won't be easy for you.
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    I have the 8" Orion XT8 and it's easily one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Just get the Orion, the Zhumell is great too but as people have said Orion has awesome customer support. Plus they have some kind of free shipping deal right now I think which will save you an extra $50.

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    Thanks for all the advice. I am leaning towards the Orion for 329.00 and adding a few accesories.

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    I was in the same position as you and today ordered the Zhumell Z8. I didn't see any free shipping for the XT8 so i believe that's $25 extra. I used the the code at telescopes.com for 10% off Zummel, i also ordered the Zhumell Barlow which i also got 10% off. There's an additional $10 off code on their front page and it's all shipped free. I got the Z8, the Barlow and a Telrad for just a little over $400 shipped which i was very happy with.

    I also was in touch with customer service and they were very helpful.
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    You can stack the discount codes for a very well priced telescope. I ended up getting a Z10 with the amount I saved and the accessories it comes with.
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    I had the same choice to make, and went with the Z10, and really love it.
    i would recommended the Zhumell

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