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    Question Orion StarSeeker 80mm Refractor or Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian



    I am new to astronomy and still have No Clue how to interpret telescope specs but I think I have it narrowed down to two. I was wondering if anyone can give me their opinion on what one they would prefer or think is better. I can't post links but the one is a Orion StarSeeker 80mm and the other one is a Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian. If anyone can give me their opinion that would be great. thanks!

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    Not knowing your viewing conditions and ability to move a scope etc. I'd go for the 4.5. It is a nice scope that will show some great views of the moon and planets. A lot of nebula dso will be grey smudges, but will be more than the 80mm. One caveat is you'll have to collimate the 4.5 Newtonian and not the 80 mm. It's not hard to do, but is one more small step in the viewing process. Just my 2 cents. Cheers.
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    I agree with Derek. The Dob is probably going to be easier to setup and learn from at this point.

    I would suggest however, trying to find a local astronomy club and see if they are having a star party in the near future. This would give you an opportunity to look through different types of scope. Clubs are a friendly bunch for the most part and more than willing to help you make your choice.
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    I do live in a small town and close to the woods so light wouldn't be too much of a problem. I'll have to look up about culminating. thanks!

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    I'd strongly suggest buying a 6" or an 8" telescope as a starter, 4.5" seems rather small to me. I'd suggest a Orion Dobsonian Xt8!
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    Thanks. It's so hard to decide! I was wondering if 4.5 would be small or not. after I posted that I kept reading and I kept seeing how it was for children heh....... The thing is I want to be able to grab it and take it with me somewhere. That one looks pretty big but I think I'll maybe look for some others before I decide.

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    Even I find the 8" a little bit hefty and it does require some room to transport anywhere, make sure you keep the box it comes in, for storage!

    In your case, I would suggest a 6" dobsonian from orion. Still very cheap, but you get excellent views (for it's size) of the moon, planets, and a few DSOs.
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    ga I hate to say this because I keep going back and forth but I think I'm just going to stick with binoculars for now. I was looking at the Celestron 9x63...... I figure that's a good a place as any to start. maybe next year once I get more comfortable with telescopes I'll get one then.. thanks for all the info though. I think I will start looking at 6" scopes for when I'm ready.

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    Mary:
    I am NOT about to tell you to stick with Binoculars BUT to be frank that "little" 4.5 inch 114 mm Dob will keep you busy looking at new objects every night FOR YEARS.... You will NOT get bored ... I used a 114 mm reflector for almost 2 years until aperture fever hit me hard so fro that reason I always tell people that my 114 was an expensive scope because it got me hooked big time in this hobby....

    Absolutely positively nothing wrong with a 4.5 inch Dob...BUT do not expect it to show you what a 8 or 10 inch one can...but even then who looks at the faint fuzzies all that much in an 8 inch scope with the 10 you may actually be able to resolve a few individual stars in a DSO but overall a smudge is a smudge

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    Mary. The 4.5 is a good size,but if you can swing,getting a 6" you will be a lot happier. "just my two cents worth" I have a 4.5 and on a clear,dark night,you can "barely"make out the ring nebula. With my 8" it sort of pops out at you!Bigger is better.

 

 
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