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Thread: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

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    Hey Guys, Im from Sri Lanka and planing to buy an 8 inch dobsonian. Gonna purchase it on Amazon and have it delivered to my country. Im struck between these two models. which one should I be purchasing? Im currently leaning towards the Zhumell Z8. but Skywatcher is a bit less expensive. Im Into Planetary observations as well as DSO. is there any significant difference between these two models? Which one would you think gives the most sharp views? dont really care about the free accessories they offer but the quality of the primary mirror is very important to me. I would really appreciate your wisdom on this matter.

    SkyWatcher S11610 Traditional Dobsonian 8-Inch

    https://www.amazon.com/SkyWatcher-S1...inch+telescope

    Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Reflector Telescope

    https://www.amazon.com/Zhumell-Delux...rds=Zhumell+Z8

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    Default Re: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

    Hi and welcome to the forums!

    Traditionally most of these mirrors are made at the same factory so the optical quality will be the same in both.
    Both scopes are excellent and will offer great views.

    We usually advise folks to get the best deal for your cash.
    So look at the extras and accessories to clinch the deal rather than the optics.
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    Default Re: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

    I'd probably go for the Zhumell because of the way the bearings are designed, both in altitude and azimuth - giving very smooth balanced performance. The 2" Crayford style focuser also is a great feature. But honestly you can't really go wrong with either scope.
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    Default Re: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

    Zhumell is a GSO product and the Sky-Watcher is a Synta product. No common maker for the optics.

    But the optics are comparable and they are both pretty well-made.

    I'd personally get the Sky-Watcher because in the dark I've come to greatly prefer a white OTA. Actually, it's also better for cool-down purposes.

    So while I don't think you'd see a difference between the optics and would likely be happy with either - I'd go Sky-Watcher.

    BTW, I actually have the Zhumell 8" Dobsonian. I expect at some time to disassemble it, strip the OTA and paint the outside white myself.
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    Default Re: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

    Thank you all very much for your advises. This really helps me alot.
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    Default Re: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

    You shouldn't really disregard the accessories. Since most dobs as said above are roughly of equal optical quality, its the little things that can make one bundle shine over another. My vote would be for the Zhumell for this reason. A little more expensive, but I feel the accessories are of better quality and worth it. The RACI is certainly going to be an improvement over the straight-through finder on the Skywatcher, which you'll probably find a pain in the neck after about 5 minutes of use. Also I believe the EP's bundled with the Z8 are a step over the SW also. The short length plossls are comparable, but the 30mm Superview is going to kick the SW 25mm plossl's tail as a low power sweeper. Also the bearings I believe to be an improvement over most other dobs, the action is very smooth once you find the balance and adjusts easy for heavier eyepieces. I have Orions 10" version of the Zhumell, I have no regrets.
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    Default Re: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

    Thank you very much all for your precious thoughts. I ended up purchasing the Z8 today. Ill update a post when I receive it. Hopefully it will arrive to my address in a couple of weeks.

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    Congratulations on the new scope purchase, it will provide you many hours of fun under the night skies.
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    Default Re: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

    Quote Originally Posted by kingclinton View Post
    Congratulations on the new scope purchase, it will provide you many hours of fun under the night skies.
    thank you very much. cant wait for it to arrive. ^_^

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    Default Re: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Vs Sky Watcher 8 Inch Dobsonian?

    Couple weeks!?!?! Oy...

    You're going to be standing by the door every day, wringing your hands till it arrives.

    Congrats. Looking forward to your first light reports when it does arrive!
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