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    Default Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?



    I currently have a Starblast 6. Although I'm happy with it, I'm not excited about it. Partly due my expectations being too great. Maybe a small amount could be optical quality. (that may be a culmination issue) I'm thinking of getting a 10" dob. I'm looking at either the XT10 or XT10i. I'm looking for an endorsement or a recommendation of something else. Thanks everyone!

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    Default Re: Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?

    The 10i is kind of an in between scope... It is a push to telescope, not a goto. It does not track but when you don't feel like star hopping, it will guide you to the correct position in the sky.
    If you want to start hop, that is fine.
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    Default Re: Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?

    They are the same scope except the "I" version has an electronic locating device at a substantial cost.

    Get the standard version, make your own setting circle for the base (very easy and extremely affordable to do), and get a digital level ($30) and the scope works exactly the same as the "I" version with the exception that you have to look up the current alt/az co-ordinates of your target on an astronomy app like Stellarium (which is free as is many others, but I like Stellarium). Save the cash, better yet spend it on a good observing chair (you NEED one if you don't have one) and a few quality EPs.

    If you haven't thought about it, EVERY astronomer NEEDS a decent pair of binoculars.

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    Default Re: Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?

    Go for the digital setting circles IMHO. If you are retired maybe manual finding is a good use of time. But if you are still working, when you are tired and all you want is to see stuff and get lost, well I've been automated for 10 years and feel it is a very good thing. Also if you want to manual find your way you don't have to use the DSC's. Just my 2 cents.
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    Default Re: Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?

    Save your money and buy the xt10. Use the money you save on some nice eyepieces.
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    Default Re: Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?

    thanks for the responses. my question is more about the optical quality of the Orion xt10. as I said i’m not 100% sold on another product. I know these are more of a budget scope, but are the optics worth it. Or should I up my budget a little and get a much better product. I do like the push to capabilities of the xt10i and I really want that feature. Thanks again

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    Default Re: Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?

    The optics are basically the same on all these mass produced scopes, they all come from the same couple of factories in China. It will have the same basic mirror as those from Skywatcher, Zhumell, Apertura, and more. The differences are in the accessories and base. They perform quite well.

    Again, with a very small investment (cost of printing a setting circle and laminating it and a digital level) you turn the basic Dob into a push to for a fraction of the cost. It works exactly the same as the XT10i but aligning it is much faster, put the scope on Polaris and you're aligned. Any astronomy app will supply current target co-ordinates that you push the scope to and the target is in the field of view of a low power EP. You can EASILY find any target in seconds, literally.
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    Default Re: Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?

    All the optics are the same. All built at the same company in China and I don't consider a 10 inch telescope a budget scope. A 60mm refractor is a budget scope. All these mirrors on a decent reflector and sct are of high quality. If you're set on getting the xt10i then get it, but I think it's a waste of money. You'll see there is no difference between the two scopes you mention. One just zeros out when your close to the object. You still have to get a visual.
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    Default Re: Would you recommend a XT10 or XT10i?

    In defence of the XT10i - I have had one for almost 2 years and love it. I have used it extensively. It will allow you to enjoy yourself. The digital tech in the setting circles is robust. You can turn it off if you like and go fully manual, which I also do routinely. Technology is good, and the cost is minimal.

    If you are a beginner, you will really enjoy the push-to function. I am almost sure that you will use the scope more because of it. What is the harm?

    The optics are very good indeed. Hope this helps.

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