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    I called KW telescope, and was told the Skywatcher 8" Dobsonian would be the better way to go. Almost $100 cheaper, it has a better finder scope on it, comes with 2 eyepieces, and they have it in stock. With the Orion they would have to order it, and I would have to factor in the exchange rate at the time of
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    Hoped to go Saturday and pick it up, but something else has come up. I work 12 days on 2 days off, so it will be 2 more weeks before I can find time to buy it.

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    Default Re: Hello from Ontario, Canada

    Greetings from across the lake!

    Good luck with your telescope purchase. I have a Z10, which is built by the same company as the Skywatcher you're eyeing. It's a great telescope. I'd recommend springing for 10" if you can.

    Keep us updated on your purchase.
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    Default Re: Hello from Ontario, Canada

    Hi Wayne, welcome! Just my $0.02... KW are definitely the people around here. Brian, as said, is excellent. When I had an 8" Skywatcher (finances forced me to sell it ) I was wanting a Crayford focuser. I called KW, spoke to Brian, and he said they had none in stock, would I be interested in a used one? For $80, I couldn't refuse. Got it in the mail 2 days later, couldn't tell it from new. Brian even called me the next day to see if I was happy with it!! Wow, that's customer service! And I used that focuser for 5 years till I sold the scope; never a problem.
    We're not rich here. My hobby is supported by my ability to make most items I need, garage-sale, swap shops, and on-line bidding (and hoping I won ). So when I do buy something new for the crazy prices scopes and accessories go for, I want the most bang for my buck, and service if there's a problem. No need to look any further than KW.
    Enjoy the visit on Saturday, and try not buy too much

    All the best to you,
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    Default Re: Hello from Ontario, Canada

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    Default Re: Hello from Ontario, Canada

    Find a club somewhere in your area, RASC is a good place to start but there may a few independent ones around. If not, visit forums and you might find others in your area that you can just hang out with from time to time. its a LOT more fun when you have other people to talk to and with different equipment for you to see.

    Don't bother spending a pile of money on expensive eyepieces (yet). Get to know the equipment you have and after a while you'll know what it is that you want to see but can't due to equipment, then you'll know what equipment you want. Even better is when you can see and use other people's equipment, you get a great idea of what you want and just how expensive you'll need to go to get it.

    You started at a good place with the 8" Dob. It'll keep its resale value decently (small enough to be portable, big enough to be desirable) so if, after you've had some experience, you decide you want to change scopes you aren't going to lose much.

    We have a lady in Vancouver that's stuck with her 8" SW dob for years and years and never seen any reason to change. She can pick off targets easily that I couldn't find with my 12" (observer issues, not scope related!). Her scope fits in her compact car, mine requires a mid sized sedan (at the very least and the passenger better have very short legs).
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    Default Re: Hello from Ontario, Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by Wacmartin View Post
    Almost $100 cheaper, it has a better finder scope on it, comes with 2 eyepieces, and they have it in stock. With the Orion they would have to order it, and I would have to factor in the exchange rate at the time of
    ordering.

    Hoped to go Saturday and pick it up, but something else has come up. I work 12 days on 2 days off, so it will be 2 more weeks before I can find time to buy it.

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    I sold computers for a few years and one of the first lessons the manager taught me was "The best computer is the one we have in stock at the moment". Not that the above is necessarily that way, it is a good scope and the salesperson wasn't lying about the rest of it - especially the ordering and waiting and waiting and exchange rate and waiting. I've had a few skywatcher scopes (including 10" manual early on and my present 12" synscan dob) and had no complaints. In fact, Skywatcher has an office in Vancouver and the one time I tried to get manufacturer assistance my product took an entire 6 days from dropping it off at the store until it was back at the store for pick up. That's almost unheard of in most industries and telescopes are usually longer than most industries.

    But just keep that in mind when salespeople try to talk you into buying what's in stock rather than ordering what you wanted.
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    Well I picked up me and my wifes 8" Skywatcher Dobsonian yesterday, everything went together perfectly and it really is something to just stare at. I bought a 13% moon filter, and a collimating eyepiece, then picked up a headlamp with a red LED in it from Canadian Tire. Kill 2 birds with this headlamp as I can use it to go into my crawlspace as well, it has white LEDs.
    We got good customer service from Shannon at KW Telescope, she gave us a quick run down on the 6" rental Dobsonian they had assembled in store. Shannon didn't try to sell us anything that wasn't needed, but she did show us a few things I might be interested in down the road, and some things that will save us some money down the road as well. All in all it was a good experience, and we had a nice scenic 3 hour drive we had never made before, as we avoided the 401 on the way there and took back roads. Of course we took the 401 home so we could get back faster to assemble our new telescope.
    We taped off some backyard motion sensor lights with red tissue paper, 4 layers seemed to work perfect if anyone wants to try it, and just covered the others that were farther away with cardboard. We put the 25 eyepiece in with the moon filter and looked at the moon first. We were both blown away, I said to my wife that alone is worth $500 to me, then we looked with the 25 eyepiece and it seemed that much closer. My next object was Saturn but by the time we finished staring at the moon the trees and my neighbors house were in the way. The next 2 hours were just spent scaning the sky, and we had a lot of fun.
    2 things that we need to fix are aligning the finder scope a little bit better, we did this during the day but it's a little off still. What eyepiece would be best to do this with, the 10 or 25? We did it with an object that was at least 500 meters away, and what was in the crosshairs for me was about an 1/8" below them for my wife. The other is getting a finder scope with a 90° eyepiece, my back was getting real sore looking through it and it was very awkward when the scope was more vertical.
    Other then that and having to learn the night sky better I think we did alright. We have our copy of Night Watch coming, was supposed to be here last week I wanted to read it before we got the telescope but Purolator sent it east instead of west.
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    Default Re: Hello from Ontario, Canada

    Hello Wayne.
    Welcome to the forum.
    Clear skies.
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    Default Re: Hello from Ontario, Canada

    Congrats on the new scope! Glad you had a good experience with KW Telescopes

    As for the crosshairs problem, with me it depends where I have my eye positioned in the finder scope whether the scope is dead on or not. I'm surprised Shannon didn't recommend a Telrad. When I got my Skywatcher Dob in my early days here it was immediately and emphatically recommended by members and so I took their advice and immediately got one - I rarely ever used my finder scope after that so there was no need to upgrade to a 90° finder scope.

    As for the two lenses you got, get comfortable with them and your scope first.

    Have fun!
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    The 2 eyepieces I have came with the telescope. I've been told by Brian and read on the forums not to worry about eyepieces just yet, for the very reason you mentioned. Get use to the scope first. Are you going to be at Point Pelee for the dark sky night in November?

    Heres one photo of the moon I took with my cell phone. Turned out alright I think for a cell phone!
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