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    Default Slick telescope options



    Which is best choice.

    Used etx 90 $150
    Orion 2 ends 6 inch dob 229
    skywather virtuoso 90 musk or 130 reflecter, motorized tracking! these are from England?
    zumell 8 inch dob 399
    orion 6 or 8 inch dob with intelli tracking or finding ? feature

    the video on the Virtruoso was impressive. will the orion inteeliscope dobs also track

    It does seem that the earth rotation makes it hard to keep something in view??

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    Default Re: Slick telescope options

    With Dobsonians, the bigger, the better. For visual astronomy, there is no better bang for your buck. First, I'd figure what price range you can handle, otherwise, I'd go for the 8 or even 10 inch.

    Personally, I had a poor experience with the original Meade ETX 90 that I had, so I do not recommend that scope at all.

    I think out of your list, if it were me, I'd go for the Zumell 8 inch Dob.

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    Default Re: Slick telescope options

    I also recommend the 8" Dob - it will keep you busy for many years of observing.
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    Default Re: Slick telescope options

    Another vote for the 8" Dob.
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    Default Re: Slick telescope options

    Definitely a 6 or 8 inch dob. I had been planning on going with the Z8 but was debating on the Z10 as they say bigger (aperture) is better. I then came across someone not too far away selling an XT6 with a fair amount accessories I wanted for $300 and got him to agree to $250. I'll be picking it up Sunday. I figure this will allow me to familiarize myself with a dob and see what I think of them. After a while I will then decide if I'm happy with what I have or if I feel something bigger would be better. If so I hope by then I'll have had a chance to check out some 8 and 10 inch dobs to see how I feel about them size wise.

    I agree that the Z8 is the best option on your list but I'll throw one thing out there. Orion does have the XT6 Plus in a 2nd for $263 + $10 shipping. So for $273 you can get yourself a decent dob to start out with. The nice thing about the Plus is it comes with some extra accessories such as a solar filter, eyepiece rack, shorty 2x barlow, 10mm eyepiece and altitude tension knobs. Not bad for just an additional $40. If I hadn't found the used XT6 I would have already ordered one of these. You can use this for a while and you may feel it's plenty fine for your needs or after a while if you want something larger you can sell it and upgrade. I don't think you can go wrong either way.

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    Default Re: Slick telescope options

    +1 for the 8" Dob. Zhumell makes an excellent scope.
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    Default Re: Slick telescope options

    Get the biggest dob you can carry!!!!
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    Default Re: Slick telescope options

    If you are doing visual go for the biggest Dob you can afford, I would avoid the ETX the optics are great the goto not so I found the one I had suffered from poor tracking and pointing even after spending time trying to sort the PEC. As for intelipointing not I dont think it guides as well I think it is just a pointing aid. Skywatcher do offer guiding options but I think the price gets hiked for the option.
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    Default Re: Slick telescope options

    Welcome to the forum!

    Another vote for Orion 2end 6" DOB or Zhumell *" DOB depending on your budget. Obviously, 8" will show you more than 6".

    Yes, earth moves but keeping your target in view is not that hard. You will learn to do it fast and it becomes a second nature.
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