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    Thanks for all the excellent points people! The amount of details in your replies is such an inspiration!

    From the comments so far, I'm starting to get a better picture of what I should be looking for.

    1) Planetary viewing has more to it than just the optics. Like klaatu2u said, patience might be more important.

    2) "Portability" to me doesn't necessarily mean grab-and-go, but rather something that fits in my car and doesn't take two people to set up. I feel that grab-and-go scopes have either a) a less stable (i.e. flimsy) mount, b) a somewhat to big price tag, or c) to short f-ratios.

    Right now, I'm leaning towards the Omni XLT 102. Optics aside, refractors appeal to me with their sleek design, low maintenance and fast cool-down. The 102 seems to be a fine refractor for the money. The Omni XLT 120 is a notch up, but it gets a bit bigger and heavier (+1.5kg) compared to the 102, plus the f-ratio becomes smaller (f/8.3 as opposed to f/10).

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob327
    The Moon, Saturn, Jupiter are the 3 major targets I think you are after...
    Indeed so. And there's plenty more to see in the sky than those three I agree. After all, the blurry view I got of Jupiter last Saturday through turbulent air at 72X was enough to floor me. Perhaps I don't need to hunt for prime optics...

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    IMO, if you are confused, that is a good sign and means you are really thinking about it. Not many do all that much, and there are many myths that need to be confronted.
    Thanks, I needed that encouragement... I'm not deciding just yet, but I'm almost starting to feel as if I'm making to much of a fuss about choosing this first scope. After all, I just want to get out there and see stuff!

    Cheers, /Patrik
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    Decision made! Yesterday I ordered the Omni XLT 102 refractor along with an Orion padded carrying case and a Hyperion 10mm EP.

    If you need me, you'll find me waiting by the mailbox

    Clear skies, and thanks or all the help! /Patrik
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