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    Default I need your opinion for my First telescope



    HI, Im new , I live in Miami ,I have small knowledge is astronomy .

    I'm going to buy my telescope and need you opinion.

    I want to buy a telescope for planetarium and also the possibility to see something in deep-sky .

    I'm not a fanatic astronomer , just I want to see the sky some nights

    my option are or told me if you know better option in price up to $400:

    Orion 9024 AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000XMSKC...v_ov_lig_dp_it

    Celestron NexStar 127SLT Maksutov-Cassegrain
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    https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-Nex...dp/B0038LX8XE/

    Celestron NexStar 130 SLT
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    https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-Nex...007UQNNQ/?th=1

    Celestron 31051 AstroMaster 130EQ MD w/motor
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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0013Z42AK...d_w=emG2i&th=1

    SkyWatcher S11610 Dobsonian 8-Inch
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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Z4G3PRK...v_ov_lig_dp_it


    I like the celestron Maksutov-Cassegrain 127 , the goto system and isze...but the price is a litlle hight ... really is it diferente with the Dobsonian 8-Inch?

    Dobsonian 8-Inch has 2" for eyepieces , but doesn't include, include the 1.25" ... i need to spend more money is I want take advantage 2" , not barlow ...

    with the Orion 90mm Equatorial Refractor .. can I see for example Orion nebula ?

    if I'm watching Orion Nebula ....is it too much different between Dobsonian 8-Inch and celestron Maksutov-Cassegrain 127 ?

    Can you recommend me a barlow , eyepiece or Kit to buy with the telescope ?

    (dont know why some my amazon link go to walmart???????????????)

    Thanks a lot !

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    Default Re: I need your opinion for my First telescope

    Welcome to the forum.

    Get the Dob and don't look back. Not to worry about 1.25" eyepieces... all scopes with 2" focusers have an adapter that lets one use either.

    When it comes to deep space objects like galaxies and clusters, aperture rules... and Dobs rule aperture.

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    Default Re: I need your opinion for my First telescope

    Is there any particular reason you want to buy from Amazon?

    The 8" Dob will show you a LOT more than any of the other scopes and it is on a very sturdy and stable mount (IMPORTANT!!) The EQ mounts you list are very light weight and prone to severe vibration (frustration). The SLT mount is a good one, but again the scopes you see on it are inferior compared to the Dob, you are paying for the goto mount in this instance.

    You can see Orion's Nebula with any of these scopes, you can see it with the naked eye, but the 8" Dob will show much more detail in the nebula than any of the other scopes will. The Mak is a nice planetary scope, but is not all that good on DSOs and has a narrow field of view. The refractor has a sharp, crisp view, but it's small aperture can't compete with the light gathering ability of the Dob and that mount is just too wimpy. Same with the reflector on the EQ mount (bad combination for me), wimpy mount with a mediocre scope.

    All around, the Dob is the much better scope to show you much more.

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    Default Re: I need your opinion for my First telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by comadrexa View Post
    HI, Im new , I live in Miami ,I have small knowledge is astronomy .

    I'm going to buy my telescope and need you opinion.

    I want to buy a telescope for planetarium and also the possibility to see something in deep-sky
    Of all these, the 8" Dobsonian is going to show you the most. Aperture is king, and there is no simpler telescope to operate than a dob.

    I like the celestron Maksutov-Cassegrain 127 , the goto system and isze...but the price is a litlle hight ... really is it diferente with the Dobsonian 8-Inch?
    The dob is more of a wide field scope because of it's design. its going to give you brighter views and show fainter objects because of its larger aperture and wider field of view. The Mak will have a narrower field from its longer focal ration. It will be good for planets and lunar observation, but perhaps not as good on nebula, galaxies and fainter deep sky objects.

    Dobsonian 8-Inch has 2" for eyepieces , but doesn't include, include the 1.25" ... i need to spend more money is I want take advantage 2" , not barlow ...
    It has a 2" focuser and with an adapter that allows you to use the included 1.25" eyepieces. You should not need to buy anything else to use 2" eyepieces with it, just remove the 1.25" adapter.

    with the Orion 90mm Equatorial Refractor .. can I see for example Orion nebula ?
    You can - provided theres not too much light pollution and not much moon out. I have a 90mm Celestron refractor, I was pretty impressed with its ability to catch some DSO's, but it does not compare with my dob.

    if I'm watching Orion Nebula ....is it too much different between Dobsonian 8-Inch and celestron Maksutov-Cassegrain 127
    I never actually used a mak, so I can't say with 100% certainty, but I would guess the Dob will probably pull out much more detail.

    Can you recommend me a barlow , eyepiece or Kit to buy with the telescope ?
    I would recommend you use the accessories that come with your scope, whichever you end up purchasing, before you consider adding these things. Get a feel for how the included eyepieces perform first, so you can get a better idea of what you feel you may need moving forward.

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    Thanks A lot !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowjiber View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    very sturdy and stable mount (IMPORTANT!!)

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    good point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Is there any particular reason you want to buy from Amazon?
    I think is cheaper ... if you know other better place where to buy let me to know please, thanks

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    Default Re: I need your opinion for my First telescope

    Hitting the same drum that a lot have stated already. Get the dob. Aperture over anything else. Trust me.
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    Default Re: I need your opinion for my First telescope

    Welcome. This advice is coming from someone who only recently got into visual observing, and has gone through several equipment steps, including go-to, equatorial mount, different designs etc. Get the dob! If that doesn't work for you, then get the dob. And if you still have doubts, then definitely get the dob.
    If none of those options work, go for the dob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rocdoc View Post
    Welcome. This advice is coming from someone who only recently got into visual observing, and has gone through several equipment steps, including go-to, equatorial mount, different designs etc. Get the dob! If that doesn't work for you, then get the dob. And if you still have doubts, then definitely get the dob.
    If none of those options work, go for the dob.
    Everything is dependent for you if you want to learn the skies on your own then a DOB push to scope is the right call. My first scope was a long Newtonian reflector on a hand moved GEM mount. Then I got the mount upgraded to a GT GOTO. After that I bought 8 inch SCT a 115mm and a 130mm Refractor on a AVX mount then a CPC 1100 (11 inch SCT) and an 8 inch home made Newtonian that is essentially a 1969 DOB on a Push to rocker box. For sheer light gathering the 11 inch and the 8 inch scopes give the best for that. For sheer joy of looking at the sky as soon as you set up the 8 inch push too Newt shown here as the long Red scope is really very nice. The other two scopes are the 5.12 inch refractor on an AVX and the CPC 1100 SCT. If you want to get a nice GOTO that does a lot very well an 8 inch SCT on an EVO or AVX mount works very well. As the OP will see by my signature I have a little bit of everything.

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