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    Default 8" Skywatcher, Zhumell or Orion?



    My son has asked for an 8" dobsonian for his birthday. I have been looking at the three in the title and am still undecided as to which one I should get him. He's 6 years old by the way.

    Price wise there is little between them, the Zhumell comes with a laser collimator (I have one already) and 2 eyepieces, the others just come with 2 eyepieces.

    From comments scattered throughout the forums they all seem to be pretty much on a par with each other, so does it come down to price +shipping alone, or is there a quality difference between them?
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    no difference in the quality tbh.
    zhummel come from gso,who supply optics to
    alot of the main players.
    s/w has a parabolic mirror,which is a good thing,orion
    tend to use pyrex,only difference is cool down time.
    optically,you will not see any difference,so it boils
    down to the best deal available tbh.
    A+ that your son is getting a great scope aswell.
    clear skies,

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    I can't compare the two as I've never owned a Skywatcher, but I would buy a Zhumell dob again without thinking twice.

    Good luck and clear skies to both of you!

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    Personal preference only-- they are all very similar in quality and performance.

    However the Zhumel I believe comes with a two speed focuser-- I think? This is very handy to have.
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    two speed focuser would be nice, as long as it is of an acceptable quality
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    From what I have read...I agree with Joe. I have a S/W and am very happy.
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    Don't forget the smooth bearings that Zhumell has ! I just now got done using my Orion XT6 & it's a pain to turn compared to my Z10.
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    I have a Zhumell 8 inch dob and the two speed focuser is very useful in helping to tweak a little more clarity in views.
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    The Skywatcher 8" model has a nice tension control system for up and down movement. To move up and down, all you have to do is loosen the long knobs on the side of the telescope, move the telescope, then tighten them. It's very easy.
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    I used an Orion XT6 and didn't like the spring system they use. The XTi series does not to my knowledge. I find my Z10 to be much better than the XT ....

    Your mileage may vary,

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