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    Okay, I'm a visual observer who loves my dobs. I own several of the XT models from the 6 to the 10 for myself and for a school program I run. They are solid scopes and I really enjoy them and I find myself using the 8 inch and the 10 inch a lot. Awhile back that fever hit and I was able to pick up a used 15 inch Obsession for an excellent price and a LONG drive. The mirror needed to be recoated, and there was some damage to some parts but I got that put together and the views were fantastic. However, I found that at zenith, even with my observing chair I needed to stand in order to use the scope. In the end (yesterday to be precise) I sold the scope to a friend who had a LONG drive to get it.

    I've now decided to go with a 12.5 inch scope and to get either another Obesession or a Discovery. I thought about the 16 inch Zhumell but that is just to big for this middle age, overweight and out of shape with a bad low back man (I have lost 40lbs in the last 18 months and walk everyday but I need to double that weight loss over the next several years). I'll probably end up buying a used 12.5 Discovery either split tube or truss (I think I would like the split tube better at this point). The 54lbs on the bottom tube is about my max for lifting and I am happy with the views I get at 12.5 with an excellent mirror.

    So in the end, weight (both mine and the scopes), a bad low back, setup, and how often I will use a scope are what decided what aperture is right for me. I just did not see myself using the 15 inch scope that much in the backyard where I do 60% to 70% of my observing depending on the time of year. For now I will use the XT10 until I either decide to pay and wait for 2 years for Discovery to make a scope or I find a used on locally, locally being used loosely.

    So has your aperture fever been cured and if so what cured it? If not, do you ever see your fever being cured and what do you think will do that?

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    Great story AJ. Man a 16" would have been like............heaven! I hope that someday soon at the local club someone brings out a 16" or better to view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJinUT View Post
    So has your aperture fever been cured and if so what cured it? If not, do you ever see your fever being cured and what do you think will do that?
    Mine has NOT been cured, and the only thing I see curing it is probably a 16" Zhumell. I'd also take a Lightbridge, Obsession or Discovery scope, but seeing the price of Obsessions/discoveries, I'll probably end up with a Lightbridge or Z16. (Sitting on a Z12 at the moment)

    I say the Z16 or 16" LB because of the cost. Unfortunately, I probably won't have enough money for a 16" for a couple of years due to my GF and I saving up to buy a house. But of course, I day dream all the time lol. In fact, I check telescopes.com's Z16 and 16"LB all the time for new review posts and pricing. What can I say? I've got the fever!!!!

    On a different note, congrats on the weight loss!!! And I hope your back feels better soon! Also, have you thought about Orions new 14" intelliscope? Just a thought

    Grats on whatever scope you land on!!!

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    My Aperture fever is cured with the scope in my signature, but my eyes have not met what they'd like to see. I've got the aperture, I'm now drooling for the Baader & Ethos EP's to bring the aperture up to my eyes dreams.
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    My Celestron C6S cured my aperture feaver and made me more appreciate the capabilities of my smaller telescope. Yes, I know that a 6 inch scope is nothing like the light buckets mentioned so far in this thread but it does exactaly what I want to do at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmmstars View Post
    Also, have you thought about Orions new 14" intelliscope? Just a thought
    Another thought: Orion will be launching a new line of Ultra Compact scopes very similar to what Obsession markets. Looks like a 16" is in the works.
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    Mark beat me to it! wiil that be product #1 in the countdown?

    I'll always have the fever. Am considering a big dob BUT IT MUST HAVE TRACKING, and be fast so i don't have to stand on a ladder... otherwise I'll go another route and stick with a 14" SCT. To me no apeture is worth having to push/nudge the thing at high mag - I just get better quality of experience and detail in what I see if not 'nudging'. I've somewhat cured my fever (and cleared my savings acct) for the 'lensed' scope part of hobby with a TEC 160 - but mirrored Orion is not helping! and neither is SkyWatcher for that matter... and heck, neither is servocat! But I'm happy they are not helping

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    For the nonce, I am perfectly happy with my equipment. There is enough stuff out there brighter than 10th mag to keep me occupied for longer than I will be around.
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    And to put a spin on things..........I went from a 11" light bucket to a 8" and I am happy with it more.
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