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    Build-A-Scope is a new offering from Orion/Telescope.com that I find very interesting, and wish I could customize my dob when I bought it

    Custom Build a Dobsonian Telescope allows you to change or customize your focuser, finderscope, and included eyepieces all before you get your scope so you don't throw anything out or let some of your hard earned money collect dust if you never use them.


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    I personally would get the Orion 6x30 Right Angle Correct-Image Finder Scope, a 2-inch focuser and some good eyepieces.

    The Orion Skyline Deluxe Green Laser Pointer and Bracket is a bit on the expensive side at $119 but its a great addition for a quick fix to pointing troubles. I personally would buy the green laser and the bracket separately to save some money. I recommend the green laser pointer finderscope if you are in dark skies, can see many stars and possibly the milky way.

    For my dob Skywatcher scope alone I paid over $600 in Canada, and it came with a poor finderscope I could not use well and some fair eyepieces.

    For $363 + 54.95 (6X finderscope) + 159 7.2-21.5mm Orion Zooom! Telescope Eyepiece + $87 2in. Orion Crayford-Style Focuser = $ 663 with shipping you are still a bit over the price I paid but actually would have a more effective and more usable scope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by admin View Post
    . I recommend the green laser pointer finderscope if you are in dark skies, can see many stars and possibly the milky way.
    It sounds like you are describing a finder scope w a built in laser.

    This is the first I've heard of such device. Never saw one for sale either.

    Sounds like a logical combination but I suspect it won't go over too big at star parties populated by CCD imaging systems.

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    Now with the coupon here the Build A Dobsonian Scopes come with Free Shipping

    Was able to build an 8" Orion Dob with the following Components & Accessories:

    8" ORION Dob XT8
    ORION Black 9x50 Right-Angle Correct-Image Finder
    Amazing ORION 2" Low-Profile Dual Speed Crayford Telescope Focuser
    6.3mm ORION Sirius Plossl Telescope Eyepiece
    32mm ORION Sirius Plossl Telescope Eyepiece

    for only $493 with FREE Shipping. I think this is a stunner of a scope but I would lean towards the XT8i if you want help finding objects.

    You can build your Dob here
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    i have done a LOT of experimenting with this feature, even looking elswhere for accesories , sales , everything you can think of to get the same usability for cheaper, and i have found that its almost always cheaper to build it yourself using this service, as they apply individual discounts to the extras for using the option (as an example basic accesory kit is 15 or so dollars cheaper)

    i was able to order a xt6i intelliscope, 9x50 raci finder, basic accs. set , and a telrad for 500 bucks with shipping included to puerto rico, not a bad deal at all, whereas buying their "already made" xti6 would have had me paying 480ish after shipping with no barlow, no accs. case, and no 9x50 raci finder, for 20 more bucks id rather have good accesories from the get go

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    Hi, just a thought on the green laser pointer; I placed mine inside a cut-off carbon fibre seat-tube from my racing bike, then added 2 lots of 3 x screws (left overs from light switch wall units) and added a large bolt to turn it on. This was attached using a bicycle light-clamp and zip-ties to my finder scope. This is then aligned to both scope & finder scope. Cost $36 NZ for the 100mW green laser - that's all. Works like a charm.
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