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    I buy all my stuff from vancouvertelescope.com
    Great guys in there.

    I was a new astronomer trying to get into it and went to Khan and Efton Science back in the day. I remember feeling very negative, and was kind of shocked at the lack of customer service from Efton Science.

    But once I ended up knowing a lot more, I bought my 10" dobs from them, and Dave was great to me. I think he might have had a bad day the first time I met him.
    Also, met him, I think just him at Star Fest 06, and he was great!

    Its funny how 1 bad encounter can always stick!
    And I have never had to go back to Kahn Telescope as Efton is 50 ft away hehe and has more selection

    Only negative to Vancouvertelescope is the higher tax rate there. But their service has sold me! I buy my stuff from there often! But now I live in Halifax, so I'm not sure what I will do.

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    Thanks for the reviews, vancouvertelescope.com do they have a physical store location?
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    Thanks for the reviews, vancouvertelescope.com do they have a physical store location?
    Yes, 4th Avenue, out at the UBC end. That's where I got my scope as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astronomerb View Post
    I buy all my stuff from vancouvertelescope.com
    Great guys in there.

    I was a new astronomer trying to get into it and went to Khan and Efton Science back in the day. I remember feeling very negative, and was kind of shocked at the lack of customer service from Efton Science.

    But once I ended up knowing a lot more, I bought my 10" dobs from them, and Dave was great to me. I think he might have had a bad day the first time I met him.
    Also, met him, I think just him at Star Fest 06, and he was great!

    Its funny how 1 bad encounter can always stick!
    And I have never had to go back to Kahn Telescope as Efton is 50 ft away hehe and has more selection

    Only negative to Vancouvertelescope is the higher tax rate there. But their service has sold me! I buy my stuff from there often! But now I live in Halifax, so I'm not sure what I will do.
    On the weekend I went to Efston Science with my lovely wife and we ended up buying a AstroZap light Shroud. Dave was very helpful and friendly. My wife and I were looking throught the great selection of kids stuff (gave us ideas for down the road)

    Funny how you mentioned that you thought they had more selection than Khan scope. I have to admit that I have the exact opposite feeling. I thought that Khan scope has more stuff (plus a used section which is good for noobs like me who are on a budget) Altho it looks like Efston has more magazines and used magazine section.

    I admit that when I bought my DOB from Khanscope, the guy there...I believe his name is Alex, really knows his stuff. He and another guy who came in talked my wife and I out of buying the ETX-80 and said that the DOB would be a better investment. And they were right. Then the other customer showed my wife and I some app he had on his IPhone.
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    I've only dealt with Vancouver Telescope so I can't speak to any other stores but I have to say they are a bunch of great folks that really do know their stuff. I was also impressed that they didn't try to "upsell" me at all and even tried to talk me out of a 10" dob in favour of an 8" (they had both in stock). Nick (owner?) explained that a 10" is usually a bit too large for most people's "grab and go" excursions but I'm a determined type so I bought the collapsible 10" and haven't regretted it.

    I bought an ETX-LS there that turned out to be a white elephant (firmware is nowhere near ready) and had no problems at all returning it and getting my BK180MAK + HEQ5 instead.

    Doesn't really matter who you deal with, Harout, Pollocks, Nick, etc, they're all great.
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    Yeah I have a 10" Dobs, and I love it, but for portability the 8 is much better!

    I love my Dobs because of the lack of electronics on it. I think making it a goto telescope defeats the purpose of a Dobsonian personal opinion!

    I use my Dobs to find stuff, show friends quickly, and let them play and learn while using my HEQ5 and 80ED for my real work of the night!

    I almost went for the 180mak +HEQ5 but figured Id like the 80ED better, and later on, I plan to buy the 180Mak for deep space astrophotorgraphy.

    How are you liking it?

    Also, I bought my stuff stuff (except the dobs) at Vancouver Telescope. Those guys in there are really great guys. Talk with them for hours and not have them expect me to buy something. That what makes me want to buy from them

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    You'd probably be better off with an 8" SCT for DSO. The 180MAK has a narrow field of view - so narrow that about 16 of the Messier objects are too large to see all off. For me this was desirable since my Girlfriend really likes planetary stuff and the F15 gives huge magnification. For DSOs I have the 10 inch DOB (no photography of course) which is what I'll be using most of the time I think.
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    Can't say I have delt with many... Well only one.

    But I can vouch for Astromechanics in Barrie
    I bought an 8 inch skywatcher dob from them for 460 incl tax and shipping. From Barrie to Halifax, shipped it out the next day to.
    Anyway awesome guys there.

    Highly reccomended.

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    Astromechanics are great guys. i have not bought anything yet but I tried to order somthing online from their site and Dave called me to let me know it was not in stock but he managed to find what i was looking for within a couple of days even though i already ordered it from the US. But from the service I got from him I will deffiently be purchasing some stuff from them in the very near future.
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    I also had good results with La Maison De L'Astronomie. Since I live in a relatively remote location as far as astronomy suppliers goes, I have to get everything shipped to me. I recently purchased a 10" dob from LMDA via their website order form. The order was verified by one of their team - Gaétan Cormier - who gave me a call and we discussed shipping. For my location (750 kms away from store) it was shipped via Expedibus/Greyhound. The 2 boxes arrived safely the very next day. So from order to delivery was approximately 24hrs. It was a totally painless and professional purchase experience.

    As well, I have ordered random accessories from Lire la Nature/Astronomie Plus, and the communication and professionalism from this store was also top-notch.

    Both of these stores have good websites and competitive pricing.

 

 
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