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    I'm wanting to purchase the Meade ETX 80 because it's small and seems to be good quality but I'm having trouble on if I should just get the telescope by itself and then by my own set of eyepieces or to just by the bundle. Here is the bundle and the telescope by itself.

    Meade ETX-80 AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar Bundle - Telescopes at Telescopes

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    The bundle comes with a lot of stuff but I don't know if I need that or if it's really crappy. I'm thinking I could just by my own set and it would be better but I have no idea what is good and what's not. Also I don't want to spend to much more on the eyepieces. Maybe 50 to 80 dollars more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkmanmatthew View Post
    I'm wanting to purchase the Meade ETX 80 because it's small and seems to be good quality but I'm having trouble on if I should just get the telescope by itself and then by my own set of eyepieces or to just by the bundle.
    It looks like the telescope you're interested in is on clearance, so the bundle appears to give you lots of stuff for the extra $50. The problem is that the quality of that extra stuff will be suspect.

    In general, eyepiece bundles look much better on paper than they do at an observing site. You will find that you will not use most of the eyepieces and that those included will not be of high quality. Unless, you're big on bargains -- and I understand the attitude! -- you're probably better off selecting better quality EPs that you will use and from which you will receive better views.

    The other issue you might want to think about is whether you should save additional money and get yourself an 8" dobsonian scope. Great device. Great views. Much of the time priced in the mid $300s. Look at the Apertura model at OpticsMart, for example....

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    Hope this helps. Good luck in your search.
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    Thanks!

    I have been looking at the dobsonian scopes also. I used to have an Orion Xt6 and it was pretty good. I know it's hard to beat those in that price range but I'm trying to look for something smaller because I could barely fit the xt6 in my small car lol. But I don't know if there is anything smaller that is close to as good as the dobsonians or as good.

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    I say get the bundle it is worth it for the hard case if nothing else. You can always get a set of better quality eyepieces later and with a barlow 3 well planned eyepieces turn into 6.

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    I don't know if I'm getting off topic but is that Meade ETX 80 the best goto telescope in that price range?

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    It's OK -- but quirky. (in my opinion) -- all of the ETX line is this way including my ETX125.

    I would rate all of them a 75%- 80% on the goto scale of scopes.... if there is such a thing?

    Anyway you can get a 6 inch Orion XTi pushto goto for about $400 new. This would be a better choice again in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Lalumia View Post
    It's OK -- but quirky. (in my opinion) -- all of the ETX line is this way including my ETX125.

    I would rate all of them a 75%- 80% on the goto scale of scopes.... if there is such a thing?

    Anyway you can get a 6 inch Orion XTi pushto goto for about $400 new. This would be a better choice again in my opinion.
    Thanks again Joe!

    Yeah that's what I'm trying to decide is if I should get the Xt6i. I know it would be better a lot better. I'm just trying to decide if I want to carry that big thing around with me again lol.

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    It's NOT big......... you can pickup the entire thing and walk outside with it.

    Look down this page about 1/2 way -- for a picture that compares a person to the size of each telescope.
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    Ok. I'm thinking about getting the Xt6i. Do you know of a good inexpensive eye piece set. I don't know if you know of one that comes with a moon filter?

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    If you get the ETX-80, get the bundle. As mentioned above, the case is worth it.

    And yes, the XT6i is a far better telescope. And I can carry my XT8 one-handed. My previous XT6 was even more transportable.

    Understand the ETX-80 has optics that I find surprisingly good (not great, but fairly good). The XT6 I had was optically far superior.

    But I still have my ETX-80 because I can easily take it almost anywhere. I should be able to carry it onto an airliner without much (if any) problem.

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