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    Default craiglist find, 8" dobsonian. help/advice please ASAP



    hello folks, new to the forum and ive been doing some reading and research and this seems to be a fantastic deal.

    Im not familiar with this model however. I dont see it on orions site. is there anyone that can identify it?

    What should i look for if I were to see this in person? I woudlnt know where to start. I dont want to spend all of my money that I was saving for a new scope on a broken second hand one.

    any help/advice given will be much appreciated, thanks in advance.!!!!

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    8" Dobsonian Telescope

    this is the link, sorry I forgot it!

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    Myself, I'd offer him half that. You can get a used (modern) xt8 for ~$200. Unless I'm mistaken, I believe that scope is an f/6 sonotube from the early 90's. The mirror may very well be in good shape and give you some great views, although the mirror coating degrades over time on any reflector and it likely has a rack and pinion focuser. I would buy it cheap, not spend a dime in upgrades and make the most of the minimal investment. o/

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    thats kinda what i planned to do. Im just cautious of buying second hand stuff. Ive never been burned on anything that ive bought, but it has to happen eventually.

    i planned to offer him 100$. my reasoning was that it would be a great unit to start out with with minimal investment. I plan to use this alot, but planning and real life are different sometimes. to invest 500 into a nice scope to start out with seems risky.

    thanks for the advice, i think that we're on a similar page.

    anyone got anythign else to add? id appreciate any and all advice, even if mirrors what griffin said. Thanks for the quick reply, by the way.

 

 

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