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    Hi there Josh here,

    I'm looking to buy a Dobsonian telescope i wanna get one with an aperture of at least 10" or 12" for good deep space viewing and for good clear views of planets and nebula's. what is a good brand or model to get?


    i got this in mind any opinion or thoughts?
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    Default Re: Need advice on buying a Dobsonian telescope

    If you have your heart set on a computerized Dob, the 10i is the way to go. However if you crave aperture & can go without the computer I would check out Apertura 10AD. I recently ordered one of these from opticsmart (exclusive retailer) for $495.98 (free shipping) and got it in 2 days. It came with a 30mm 2" & 9mm 1.25" plossl, 35mm extended EP adapter, 1.25" Moon filter, 8x50 RACI finder,built in cooling fan, 1.25" laser collimator & 4EP rack. When my scope arrived 1 of the batteries had leaked into the collimator so I sent an email & pix to opticsmart asking for new batteries...And they shipped me a new collimator (same day) & new batteries! They didn't even ask me to return the old piece. It's hard to find customer service that good these days. Scopes & optics are the same company as in the Zhumell Z10. They just slapped a different name on the side of the scope. It's been nothing but clouds since then so be careful, buy a scope=get clouds. That's the way it goes. You've been warned
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    Default Re: Need advice on buying a Dobsonian telescope

    Good suggestions above--- measure your vehicle! Usually a 10 inch DOB tube will fit across the back seat of a MID SIZED CAR .... the 12 inch version probably will NOT fit.

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    Default Re: Need advice on buying a Dobsonian telescope

    Thanks ill check it out. i don't need a computerized telescope just thought it be a useful gadget. but the Apertura AD10 seems great and is allot more affordable too. hows the view with it, any special eyepieces or accessories you suggest to go with it to enhance the performance?

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    Default Re: Need advice on buying a Dobsonian telescope

    the apertura is a rebranded gso dob and as such the optics
    are more than capable.
    a collimating tool is the first thing you should consider as all newts tend to
    need some collimation when first purchsed.
    a good obs stool/seat is another must get.the difference it makes to viewing is
    something alot of people tend to over look at first.
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    Default Re: Need advice on buying a Dobsonian telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh772 View Post
    hows the view with it, any special eyepieces or accessories you suggest to go with it to enhance the performance?
    I received it Saturday & have had nothing but clouds, and will have then until atleast Thursday night. I'll post a first light report as soon as weather permits. But as Andy said in regards to Apertura, "The optics are more then capable" Get a Barlow lens which will basically double your EP collection with 1 piece), and a broadband filter if you live in an area with quite a bit of light pollution. Good luck!
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    Default Re: Need advice on buying a Dobsonian telescope

    Hi, I recently got a 12" Zhumell and really like it, my first "real" scope. It will fit across the back seat of my 97 Chrysler Van. I've hauled it out for viewing twice so far. Not a big deal in my opinion and I'm 66. The 30mm it comes with is a nice lens and I'll be ordering a 13 and 18mm soon. Get a barlow and the Orion Deluxe Red Dot scope is really nice too.
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    oh true well best of luck with your new scope, but one last question hows the quality of the base in sturdiness and material?

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    Default Re: Need advice on buying a Dobsonian telescope

    Josh, The base is particle board with a layer of water resistant material on all surfaces. The base is ample to support the optical tube, I don't climb on the base so I can't give you a good idea on what it takes to destroy one. I had a Zhumell Z 10 and now have an Apertura AD 12. As was mentioned, they are both GSO's with different names. Both come with laser collimators. The dimensions are usually given in the description of the scope. Optics Mart is great to deal with. Good luck with whatever you choose. Clear skies, Bob

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    Default Re: Need advice on buying a Dobsonian telescope

    I own the Orion XT8i and am very happy with it. Although I am "upgrading" soon to the XT12G (yes I am staying with Orion for sure!) I will tell you why even if I had the money I would have started with this scope. Not sure if you've ever used any scope before but here are my thoughts. Ok first of all my first view of saturn was "WOW HOLY *#$% IT'S FREEKIN REAL AND RIGHT THERE LIVE!" but I couldn't believe how small it was even at higher mag. My first view of a galaxy (M81 & M82) was MIND BLOWING to say the least but, wow I can't believe how dim and un detailed they are only like little faint grey smudges with no structure. My first view of a cluster (M13) was very cool but also a LOT dimmer and harder to see than I thought. My point is that my expectations of how these things would look were a LITTLE bit higher than what I saw. I did NOT think they would look even close to the photos but just a little bit more than what I saw. Although this did not turn me off to astronomy or even shorten my viewing sessions at all, in reality it was a "blessing" in disguise. It prompted me to take more time viewing a given object and letting it all obsorb while I tried to see any details I could and made me appreciate the detail that was there. It allowed me to learn how to USE a telescope and also take care of one too (but my primary needs to be cleaned now even though I thought I was super super careful with it lol)

    With that being said...
    Since I know now what to expect and how to use and take care of a telescope better, and since I started with an 8 inch instead of a 10 or 12, I left room to "upgrade" to a 12" and will notice a big difference. If I started with a 10, the notice would not be that much to go to a 12 (from what I hear) and if I started with a 12, my next jump would have to be a 16" which is NOT a size or expense I can handle untill I have a small observatory or plan on getting a 16" truss tube and make many many dark site trips with it.

    Dobsonians are AWESOME telescopes. Very simple to set up and use. They say to get the most aperture you can afford but I think if you haven't spent any time with telescopes the advantages and future advantages would be more with a medium size (6"-10") scope. For me 8" was the perfect size. (TWSS)

    I Look forward to hearing what scope you go with no matter size/brand.
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