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    Can someone recommend a scope that has the eyepiece at the top of the scope? I have limited mobility and cannot knee or crouch. thank you.

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    All newtonian reflecting telescopes have the eyepiece at the "top" of the tube.
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    Hi Scyntax -

    A Newtonian does have the focuser at the top. If you have limited mobility, tan a Dobsonian mount may be a good choice. Check how much it weighs to be sure you can andle moving it.

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    BTW a "Dobsonian" is only a Newtonian on a Dobsonian mounting! So when looking in catalogues/online you will need to look up both!!
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    Scyntax,

    Consider that you'll need an observing chair to avoid crouching. Search the forum for options - there are many. Also, you may want to consider a RACI finder scope mounted next to your focuser - that will allow you to use it without repositioning your body.

    Gene's point about weight is important too. Large dobs are heavy, so if you go that route and lifting heavy objects is a problem - you'll want to buy or make a base with casters/wheels or the like to facilitate moving the beast. Smaller dobs are much easier to lift. Knowing what you want to observe will help define the size glass you need. If you can post specifics about your interests, as well as your budget, that can help us make recommendations.

    If you haven't already done so, a visit to a local astronomy club will give you an opportunity to try out many designs and, hopefully, find the one that's just right for you. This will help you avoid a scyntax error (sorry, I'm an old coder - I couldn't resist.)

    Good luck, and let us know what you decide.
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    Scyntax....

    I guess it depends on what kind of mobility problems you actually have.... I use a handicapped scooter to get around when shopping or even going out to get the mail and I use a CPC1100 fork mounted SCT BUT I have it pier mounted in an observatory that I now have to Hoist myself up into to with a winch because my legs are shot...

    My Observation Buddy uses a power wheelchair to get around ALL THE TIME... he uses an Orion 10 inch Dob.. He is much faster then I am to be sert up on the star filed when we attend a star party ... he picks the entire Telescope up off the ground (rocker box included) places it on one of the foot rests wraps his left asrm around the OTA and "drives" the power chair with the joy stick on the right arm rest...

    To be honest I kid him because he does not need to drag an observation chair along... AND his power chair allows him to adjust the seat height so he can view at Zenith...

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    A Dobsonian may be a bad idea, because it forces you to crouch when observing objects low in the sky. To remedy that, you would have to build a platform for your scope, which is relatively easy to do. I would suggest instead a 6" reflector on a light-weight altaz mount with slow motion control knobs. That'd be the Vixen R150SF on Porta II mount (approximate cost of complete system $ 1000) or, for only $ 350-400, the 5" Vixen R130SF on Porta II mount. These are excellent systems. If you want the go-to mount, easy reach, functionality and low-weight, then either the R130 or R150 on the Vixen SkyPod mount. That gets expensive, though, about $ 1600 for the 6" and $ 1100 for the 5".

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    Thank you all for your replies! Lots of good info that will help me in my search.

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    Before you make any decisions, I would recommend following Kevin's advice and go to a star party. You can try out all kinds of telescopes and get a good idea of what would fit your needs.

    I've seen too many for sale adds from people with handicaps who bought the wrong scope and cant use it. Do yourself a favor and go to a star party before you make a decision. The object here is to enjoy the night sky, not struggle with it. Good luck and clear skies to ya.

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