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    I'm new to the group and new to the hobby. For my first scope i went with a Zhumell Z10. I intend to leave this scope at one of my parents' farms (30 and 45 miles outside of the MSP metro area. Dark, dark skys!). I live in the 'burbs and was wondering if anyone had any recomendations on a secondary scope that I could quickly and easily use when I had a half hour to spare (small refractor?). Thanks for the information already gained and all that is to come.

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    I would say a PST solar scope because it will be somewhat disappointing views when your use to Z10 aperture.
    and you wont have to deal with the light pollution in fact its welcome with solar viewing
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    Since you're talking a light-polluted area and probably going with a limited budget, I'd want a small GoTo like the ETX-80. I got one used for $75. A nice step up would be the ETX-125 but the price for that added capacity is not cheap.

    A bit more expensive but really pretty fast to move and use? A bit smaller than your 10 incher: http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ra...514053539.html
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    Heck look at the some 130mmish goto scopes.. Maks or Newtonian..
    Good for short viewing..
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    Thanks for the rapid replies and thanks to all that come hereafter. I'll be a chemical engineering and applied physics major at the University of MN and if anyone has any recomendations relating to knowledge of optics as it pertains to the hobby in a techincal sense, (book, paper recomendations etc.) I'm all ears. I want to know everything about everything. P.S.: This entire endevor is inspired by a drunken viewing of the smudge known as the galaxay Andromeda and the fascination that ensued (combined with some recent reading of Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman).
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    If you don't have decent binos, you may want to consider a pair as part of the easy/fast urban solution.

    I'm amazed at what I can see in 15x70's from an orange/red zone.

    And it's a nice break from target-focused scope work, just scanning for random fuzzies and nice star groupings with a light, instantly accessible tool.


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    I have a decent set of Nikon 10x50's that my father was willing to part with in the name of science. I have contacted a local astonomy group. I guess that I'm searching for experience with which to go beyond the absolute basics. My endeavor has been carefully researched and planned. I don't want to take any misteps in time or finances. I guess that I'm seeking a broader experience with which I may draw information from. Sorry if I seem needy, but I preferred to do thing right (or as well as possible) the first time around. I figure that a penny saved is apperature earned
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    Quote Originally Posted by vanislandmike View Post
    If you don't have decent binos, you may want to consider a pair as part of the easy/fast urban solution.

    I'm amazed at what I can see in 15x70's from an orange/red zone.

    And it's a nice break from target-focused scope work, just scanning for random fuzzies and nice star groupings with a light, instantly accessible tool.


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    I agree. Sometimes on a humid night when I really don't feel like taking out one of my scopes, the binos are great. It's amazing what you can see with even a pair of 10x50's. Mind you, I do put my 15x70's on a light camera tripod I have, but that's a quickie setup.

    As Vim said, it's a nice change

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdlano View Post
    I guess that I'm seeking a broader experience with which I may draw information from. Sorry if I seem needy, but I preferred to do thing right (or as well as possible) the first time around.

    Oh no worries needed there, mate.

    Most of us posted dozens of contradictory threads before we made our first purchase, and often after tireless advice from others, would suddenly announce we've changed our minds about the direction we wish to go (err ... or at least I did .)


    What kind of viewing would you want your second scope to be able to achieve?

    Sounds like you need zero cooling time and quick setup in a package you won't soon outgrow -- Meade ETX, ala OleCuss's advice, is where I'd be looking.

    I'd think a Newt would fail the 30min test because of cooldown needs.


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