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    I will soon be parting ways with the current 10in dob I have now (To a good home getting my good buddies 6 and 4yr olds looking into the sky) and I am torn between the Orion xt14G with its GOTO system, (GOTO would help when showing other people views through the scope), and the Meade Lightbridge 16in trusstube (Nice BIG mirror . The cost difference is not an issue just want the better scope.

    The orion looks nice (Partial to the dark colors) but without any reviews I am a bit sceptical. I like the extra support of the 8 truss design as well. My main concern is how well the GOTO system actually works. Any insight would be greatly appriciated. Also with a 2in smaller mirror it will bring in less light, not sure as to how big of a visual detail difference this will equate out to.

    The Meade has the ease and reliability of no motors or controllers (Have already learned manually pushing a scope around), plus in all honesty...... look at that mirrior!!! Also there are lots or reviews/mods/accesories available online.


    With all the knowledge and expirience on this forum any opinions would be great, as well as any personal expirience/comparisons. A huge thanks in advance! -Steve

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    I would go with the Orion 14" for no other reason than the tracking capability. Higher mags would be much more feasible and you wouldn't have to touch the scope as much eliminating the majority of vibration. Those 2 extra inches you would get from the Meade would be canceled out by the previously mentioned vibrations. The Orion is a GOTO which needs no argument in my book. Which ever one you decide on will be a good one.
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    There have been a few issues with the new GOTO DOB but really not very many. AND Orion has replaced and or fixed everyone I have seen reported.

    The lightbridge is also a good scope. You will need to decide for yourself which way you want to go.
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    I agree with what was shared above...and then there is more aperture! I saw the lightbridge 16" Dob up close at NEAF this year. That is one really nice telescope! I like to star hop and find things, but once you have it then it is nice to have is stay in the FOV.

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    For me the answer is very simple and easy. I would choose the Orion XT14g.

    GoTo helps you to see better. I would bet that the improved seeing due to the GoTo capability of the Orion would more than make up for having 2 inches less diameter of the mirror.

    Also, do remember that you can simply turn off the Orion's GoTo system and use it as a non-GoTo telescope with no problems at all. This means that if you can afford the GoTo there is usually little penalty to getting the GoTo other than some increase in cost and weight.

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    GoTo wise the XX14g is the best bet. Aperture and portability with GoTo that can't be beat. The XT14i would also be a goo0d option if you don't mind a Push To. For just a good old DOB, the Zhumell Z12 is an outstanding value.
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    Maybe wait it out a little. Here in Canada we have the 16" SkyWatcher goto. You'd have to think that Orion would offer something comparable in the US eventually.

    I love my 12" and can barely move it around but something in the back of my head keeps telling me I'd love the 16" that much more. When you see a 16" dob in person it's quite impressive.

    With that being said, a couple people local to me have the 16" manual Meade Lightbridge and that's a very nice telescope. I've had non goto and goto and the goto is hands down the way to go in my opinion. I spend way more time viewing than I ever did before.

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    Thanks for all the replies! I currently have the z10 and would like to get away from a solid tube when I go bigger. I wont be making the purchase untill late Dec or early Jan so i still have plenty of time to go back and forth on the issue . Of course if Orion releases a 16in GOTO then the decision will be made for me. I am still unsure on how big of difference visually the 2 inches of mirror will make.

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    Hi
    Being a 16" lightbridge owner I would advise you strongly to keep the 10". it makes a great second scope. There are nights when hauling a big scope out just isn't practical.
    Think very carefully about the 14" scope it's not as big an upgrade as you might think. You might find it underwhelming.
    I went from 10" - 16" and didn't find this big enough.
    If you know your way round the sky then do you really need Goto? It's not something I would ever consider over optics.

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