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    Default Which telescope to buy? Celestron or Orion or Meade!



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    I am new to telescopes. I am looking for a scope thru which I can enjoy watching, computer connectivity & photography for few years. Initially I was keen on buying Celestron Nexstar 8 SE. My friend has that model & I used it few times. I liked it.

    None of local shops that I enquired here are carrying Celestron telescopes. They have Orion & Meade (suggested model by shop is LS8).

    Can you please suggest a comparable model (& Price) for Celestron Next SE 8 in Orion & Meade? Or do you suggest I should do online order for Celeston? I am not sure ordering telescopes online is a good idea (due to customer support if required later on).

    Thanks.

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    Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining. I'm not sure if you are going to beat the price of the 8se. You can order it online from telescopes.com. I have never had any problems with them .. Great cust. service. Also, you can always get a 10% off coupon from them online. Both meade and Orion make great scopes. I don't think you'll go wrong either way.
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    I agree with dmbryan, all three companies make excellent scopes and you would be happy with any of them.
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    I bought the gps 9.25 celestron used on ebay, I love it.. and needed an answer to a question. so I emailed celestron and they got back to me in record time, very friendly after the sale service..

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    Krish:

    Personally I too prefer to buy from a store front retailer BUT I'm lucky in that I have two excellent Astro dealers close to me with Company 7 and Hands On Optics.... BUT I have ordered tons of stuff on line from major dealers and over the years (I've owned at least one telescope for over 50 years now) have never ever had a problem except for waiting for the mailman or UPS driver...that can kill you ..lol

    The OTA's from both Celestron and Orion are identical (synta owns both companies) BUT I would NOT even think of buying an LS Meade ..(not yet anyway...too expensive and they still are working out various bugs.... I would However look into the Meade LT series scopes..same as the LS scopes but without all the troublesome electronics ...

    When all is said and done...IF you are 100 percent sure you will get into semi serious Astro photography you definably should be looking at a Gem mounted scope...the advanced series Celestrons or the comparable mounted Orion telescopes... they are more expensive (not a lot ) but just a much much better platform for imaging with....and are only slightly more uncomfortable to use visually....

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    Couldn't comment on the Celestron stuff, but I have an Orion scope and I'm really happy with it for what it's worth.
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    Contact these folks and have them help you SOURCE a telescope--

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    Also many of us buy ON-LINE very often.

    All three brands are good. Take your pick.

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    Thank you all for your comments. Yes, Price is one which is making me confuse. Same (203mm (8")) telescope in Meade & Orion are costlier than Celestron. I like to have as many electronic attachments as possible. But I don't want to risk buying a product which still not completely stable. I have a feeling that 640 X 480 camera that comes built-in Meade is not enough for Astro photography. I rather have a camera adapter with my camera.

    In Meade I am seeing two series Advanced Coma-Free & Schmidt Cassegrain. Can you please tell me differences between both?

    Can you suggest a comparable 8" model in Orion telescopes?

    Thank you.

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    I would stay away from Celestron, I know several people who have gotten broken scopes shipped directly from them, only to have to pay shipping and wait 30 days to receive a new scope, in my book that's just unacceptable. I haven't had any experience ordering from Meade. I'm and Orion man all the way, awesome optics, awesome customer service, return policies, and great prices. My first scope was the Starblast 4.5 EQ, I've looked through many scopes since then and if I had to go back I would still stick with the Orion.

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    The camera on the Meade LS model is NOT for astrophotography. It is used by the scope computer to align the scope automatically by taking a picture of the star field. It is mounted underneath the scope -------- looking at the sky; and NOT through the scope tube optics.

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