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    I didn't think about it like that, but you're totally right. Especially considering I don't really know other people that can help me out with it. It's worth noting that I've been stupid enough to bid 200 euro's before doing my research. So it's not like I'll go below the price he's asking, since he's not asking for a minimum price.

    Still, you are right, I want him to want to help me, and the lower I go, the less inclined he probably is to do that.

    I've made the mistake of making this thread in two subforums, I've also asked this here: What about this telescope?

    If you want, could you read through those posts too? For me it's a bit inconvenient to have to check up on two threads. If you'd rather keep posting here though, that's no problem at all ofcourse!

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    Generally, with the occassional exception, you will find those in this hobby are ethical and upright people. We don't know if this is the case with this seller, of course. So, buyer beware is a good rule to follow. And, if you can make a friend, even an astro-buddy, in the course of this purchase so much the better.

    I highly recommend, as would many "old timers", you investigate and pursue an astronomy club in your area. Some are great, some good, and there are the others. Regardless, this can prove to be an invaluable aid in your pursuit of your new hobby. And, you might find an even better scope for your needs, if you're not in a big hurry to lock this deal up. My old daddy used to say, "Act in haste, repent at leisure...lol.

    A fast reflector on a good German Equatorial Mount (GEM for short) would be a good place to start. But, many of us, me included, would go for a 150 or 200mm Dobsonian reflector for a starter scope. You wouldn't be making a big mistake going for this one if all is right with it, in my opinion.

    I did see your other thread. That's where I learned of the bucket of ep's. Do let us know which way you go.

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    I know I shouln't be in a hurry, but when I have my mind set on things like this, there's no stopping me. I'll look into clubs in my area, though I very much doubt there is anything (close, that is). I am planning on doing this with a friend, yet he knows even less about it than I do.

    I have no problems with spending lots of time on forums asking questions though, and with a lot of things, you can usually learn very much that way. Although it would indeed be very nice to be able to see through a scope before I buy one. I just don't know how to accomplish that.

    I did find a scope, which is pretty much the same price as the Vixen (although it's new opposed to being second hand):
    Skywatcher Skyliner-150P / Parabol Dobson 150/1200mm

    The fact that there's such a huge price difference compared to the same Orion scopes (in Europe) makes me doubt about the quality.. Maybe you can say more about that?

    Looking at these 2 scopes, and assuming that the Vixen one is in good state, and has good eyepieces, which one would you recommend me?

    Thanks!

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    wow - two threads on this - hard to keep up.

    Just noticed it's a manual tracking mount with 'slo-mo' control - looks nice Very different animal in ways from a Dob mounted Newt. Either a great choice - sounds as though you are anxious to get started.

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    Yeah I know, sorry about that Made one in beginners forum and then someone told me it would be best to post it in the reflector subforum. And I haven't found a way to remove threads yet - plus that both threads are getting attention from different people, I don't wanna lose them! haha

    About the "slo-mo", are we talking about the Vixen or the Skywatcher? And what exactly is slo-mo anyways?

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    If it were available local to me, I'd buy it for $200 just to get the mount. A Super Polaris is supposed to be a great mount.
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    So it sounds more and more like it's a bargain.. Does the fact that it's a great mount also do something for me? or is it mostly for astrophotography?

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    Yeah, it will make it much nicer to use. When I started out, I bought this scope.
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    The mount and tripod on it are horrible, they wobble excessively and make it hard to do any high powered observation. If you even look at it crosseyed, it will start to shake and take a few seconds to settle out. Getting a good focus becomes a huge PITA because you have to adjust it, and then wait for the mount to settle, adjust again, etc. A cheap mount can frustrate people to the point they leave the hobby.
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    Well I guess I'm going to have to make an appointment then

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