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    Default Orion or Zhumell 8" Dob?



    Hi everyone. I'm new to this site but, not new to astronomy. I am however deciding on my 1st telescope purchase. Through research and hands on experience I've decided a dob will be best for me and an 8" fits right into my price range. So now i need a little help deciding between the Orion XT8 or the Zhumell Z8? I'm guessing both give the same clarity but, I'm unsure about quality, pros and cons of the included features/accessories. Thank you for your time and i look forward to your responses.

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    I think the Zhumell has better altitude bearings, and easier to take apart so you can move it in two pieces. It also comes with a 2" 30mm eyepiece and finder scope, as well as a laser collimator. In my opinion it's the better deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carnevali View Post
    I think the Zhumell has better altitude bearings, and easier to take apart so you can move it in two pieces. It also comes with a 2" 30mm eyepiece and finder scope, as well as a laser collimator. In my opinion it's the better deal.
    +1. I tried an XT and hated the bearing setup.
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    Its a no brainer..................
    Look at the stats of ea, model, the Zhumell offers more & better construction, AND its even cheaper!
    I just wasn't quite happy with my collimation so I got the nerve up & adjusted the secondary...................................
    Let me tell you adjusting the secondary for the first time is SCARY to do!
    BUT, after almost 2 hrs, fiddling I got the hang of it & did a star test, it just needed a tiny tweak on the primary. I can't believe the difference this small adjustment made on star splitting & hi- mags. Was worth the learning lesson tho I hope I never have to adjust anything again except the primary for a LONG time. The laser they send with the Zhumell does work mine was just so far off on the secondary I thought the laser was messed up! After trying the laser on my refractor I realized it was working properly which forced me to totally re-adjust the secondary. Good luck to the fellas who have to do this task the first time. MUHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tglenn View Post
    +1. I tried an XT and hated the bearing setup.
    Do the Zhummels have roller bearings in the base? The video on Telescopes.com has super smooth action. If that is the case I already wanted the dual speed focuser, a bit more aperture (Z10), and that with the bearings would make it a worthy upgrade to my XT8 IMHO. Goodbye stiction.
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    Yep,
    They have hand adjustable bearings on the tube & roller bearings on the base. Super smooth feel...............like silk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by astronut View Post
    Yep,
    They have hand adjustable bearings on the tube & roller bearings on the base. Super smooth feel...............like silk!
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    Even to do the Ebony Star laminate bearing upgrade both alt/az for my XT8 and upgrade to the GSO dual focuser with the adapter ring for the XT base plate is about $265 plus shipping on Scopestuff. Decisions, decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astronut View Post
    Let me tell you adjusting the secondary for the first time is SCARY to do!
    Does it have those little set screws?

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    it has a standard phillips head screw. I wish it came with allen screws but we can't have our cake and eat it too. For what it cost for the Z8 I can overlook it. I have one and love it so +38 for the Zob. Been admiring M31 for the last 2 night with it. Even with the neighbors 450watts of pure floody goodness shining in my backyard. I would definitely say the Zhumell is worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K&K_Dad View Post
    it has a standard phillips head screw. I wish it came with allen screws but we can't have our cake and eat it too. For what it cost for the Z8 I can overlook it.
    The allen screws are even worse than regular screws. Get the thumb screw replacements on Scopestuff.


 

 
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