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    Iíve gone to the Orion website and looked at the telescopes. Gone out on the web to some others sites looking for info and most agree that the Orion SkyQuest XT8 is a good scope all around for the price. I think Iím actually down to 3:

    Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic $329.00
    Orion SkyQuest XT8 Computerized IntelliScope $529.00
    Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic $499.00

    Just canít make up my mind. Anypone have an opinion on the computerized model of the XT8? Does it really help and/or is it really worth the money? Or am I better off upgrading to the XT10 Classic for about the same price and doing without the computerization? Or start out with the XT8 Classic and add the computer aids later.

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    Hi kebwizrd,

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    Have you looked at the Zhumell brand dobsonians also? Do not over look possible "oversize" shipping fees in the small print.
    I had learned to locate objects in the sky long before the computers were introduced so I am slightly biased on that aspect. Therefore I would say to get a ten inch dobsonian if you can easily move and store it. Have you had the oportunity to link up with a local astronomy club and see large telescopes first hand?

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    There are oversized shipping on the Orion scopes; I believe it is 35$ above the normal shipping (which is based on price). Assume $50-$70 to ship. The XT series is a nice scope for the money (I have the six -and really like it - and have heard many good things about the 10). If you are interested in astrophotography, however, this scope won't be able to do much because of the mount.

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