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    Default Re: Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 or Zhumell Z130?



    Maybe you should reconsider the refractor again.
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    Default Re: Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 or Zhumell Z130?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Maybe you should reconsider the refractor again.
    My thoughts exactly.

    In any case. My one and on!y telescope for 20 years or so was a 4 inch table top SCT. The little scope complete with its mount and accessories easily fit under the seat in front of me or in the bin above my seat and made several trips between California and Greece. Its 4 inch aperture was sufficient to see the polar caps of Mars, rings of Saturn, and Jupiter and its moons as well as many many DSOs. Either of the two scopes you are considering ought to do just as well.

    The little SCT is still in active service as my grab and go scope. The only issues I had with it was the finder scope was worthless but fortunately the scope had workable setting circles and a tabletop equatorial mount capability. The other issue was that once I left home tabletops were next to impossib!e to find and the ones I did find were generally under a shade tree. You need to think this issue out some more. Meade's little backpack ETX 80mm Observer comes with a backpak. It may be a better option. It is smaller than my 4inch SCT; thus should more this meet your portability needs. Voice of experience.... Star hopping with a small telescope with the eyepiece near the ground is not the most ergonomic activity of pursue.

    You will be star hopping when searching for objects. Your kids are most likely to become very bored as you search and search the night sky for some DSO. Minutes will seem like seconds to you but like hours to them. A decent finder is a must. The goto capability of the Meade ETX as well as its tracking ability will help keep your children's interest. Its audiostar mount will explain what the are seeing.
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    Default Re: Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 or Zhumell Z130?

    Thank you for everyone's feedback regarding their input on the two scopes. I've decided that a table top scope would work best for me. Final decisions were due mostly to the compact size of the the Z130. It gives me the flexibility to keep the dobsonian mount and putting it on a tripod platform. Short term would be just to view it sitting on the ground from my backyard or putting it on a table or ottoman that I already own.

    In general terms, I'd rather have a more superior table top scope (compared to the 100mm or 114mm ones) than an inferior floor mounted dobsonian scope. I did consider the Orion Starblast 6 for a moment, but am admitting that it's too large for me. I'm projecting that the Z130 would last me longer than the XT4.5. The XT6 was just out of the question due to the sheer size.

    Not knowing at this time how involved my kids will be in this despite my confidence in being able to gauge their interest, the Z130 has the benefit of more flexibility. Although I can appreciate the slower XT4.5 scope and amount of detail it would provide, it would still require me to take it apart (not difficult, I know) before putting in the trunk of my smaller car which I may take out on my own. I can maintain the wider field of view the Z130 has to offer while still having the option to use a barlow or other eye piece to increase magnification.

    Once I get my scope up and running, I'll make a first pass at a review. Thanks again everyone.
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