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    Dear Sir / Madam,
    Can anybody tell me which brand is best if I wish to buy a 10 inch telescope? My budget is around $600.
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    Hi Katdare,
    It is difficult for us to recommend something that yu may not be able to get in India.
    There are some other amateur astronomers in your area and I'm sure they'll be able to help you out when they see your post.
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    Hi Swapnil, are you from India? Maybe you could take the help of some relatives or friends from abroad. A Zhumell or Apertura or Meade are all good brands and with your budget, you could opt for 10" and get some addtional accessories like Telrad etc.,
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    In your price range this is a pretty good scope: Dobsonian Telescope, 6 inch

    For a bit more budget you could get the 8 incher - and it'll show you a lot more.

    But there may be better deals. If at all possible I'd join a local astronomy club and go to a few star parties to find out what you like. They will also be able to tell you where to get the best deals.

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    have to agree with olecuss,as,iirc,
    the likes of zhumell/apetura are only available
    stateside.
    the skywatcher is an excellent scope,also look for gso
    dobsonians,these are the same as the zhumell and aperatura
    anyway,and are likely to be available in asia,as they are made
    in taiwan,skywatcher are made in china.
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    Depending of course on where you buy it and shipping costs, $600 should get you close to a 10" aperture. But I do agree, the very best bang for your money is a DOB.
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    Unfortunately, that 6 inch Dob was the best I could find for that budget in India. Here in the U.S. he could do much better.

    I'm not sure why it is so much cheaper here in the U.S. than it is almost everywhere else.

    Do we know if you can get things cheaper in China and Taiwan where so much of the manufacturing takes place?

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    A 6" dob is quite the capable scope and a great first scope, particularly when it fits his budget. Later on when level of interest has become more familiar, it might prompt for saving for a larger scope. I always encourage those with 6" scopes wanting to go larger, to keep the 6" around. There are nights when hauling out the larger scope seems like too much work, and another smaller instrument will prevail and still get you out observing. Particularly for those nights you are pressed for time and the shorter cooldown period of a 6" fits better. Skywatcher dobs are really very good value. I used to have an 8" and had many great nights before I sold it and bought two smaller scopes. I will get another larger scope in a few years most likely, but it will be on a known premise that it won't come out with me every time. I like to own multiple instruments that fit different criteria, but if I was just starting out and picking a single scope, I could be very happy with just a 6" dob for some time.
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    A lot of people seem to be using Celestrons now. Worth a try?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OleCuss View Post

    I'm not sure why it is so much cheaper here in the U.S. than it is almost everywhere else.

    Do we know if you can get things cheaper in China and Taiwan where so much of the manufacturing takes place?
    Horses for courses I guess. In U.S., for eg., the clientele is much, much more and retail stronger. In India, there are things which are much, much cheaper than the U.S. but unfortunately, telescopes is not one amongst them.

    I don't think China or Taiwan would be any cheaper compared to U.S. I am pretty certain prices there too would be slightly more than in U.S.

    I remember checking a shop in Hong Kong and a $50 eyepiece was priced somewhere around HKD 550 or close to $85.
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