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    Default Re: Looking for a more portable alternative for my Orion XT10 when I'm feeling lazy.



    Hi All;

    Newbie to the sight...and I don't want to hijack your thread...I've enjoyed reading it and everyone's thoughts. The collimation thing almost scared me away but I'm glad I didn't let it. The scope arrived perfectly collimated and remained that way through several observing sessions until I thought "this can't be right" and started adjusting it.....LOL

    I'm kind of in the same boat...I have an XT10i that I really enjoy it and sure made right choice. I don't mind actually moving it outside here at home or even loading it up for a short ride. I am interested in something I can carry on on an airplane. I like to travel out west where the skies are dark and want to bring something along. I notice Orion and Celestron both have 70mm refractors that come in backpacks and look like they would be small enough to carry on a plane. Would these be a huge disappointment?

    For a bit more money ES/Bresser have this http://explorescientificusa.com/collections/telescopes/products/products-package-deal-bresser-comet-edition-102mm-refractor-kit-variant-2221347844"]102mm package[/URL] which I cannot find (m)any reviews for (any useful reviews anyway). It looks like it would make the limit most US carriers impose on carry on which is 22x14x9. The OTA is 20.2 inches. Does anyone have any experience with this scope?

    Another option might be to get a 4 or 5 inch x-Cassegrain and carry OTA in a computer backpack and check through the tripod / mount. Anyone else have any ideas about what to do for a "long distance travel" telescope? Which BTW would double up a a quick look scope at home?

    I didn't read the rules..sorry... so be nice if I should have started a new thread.

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    Default Re: Looking for a more portable alternative for my Orion XT10 when I'm feeling lazy.

    Hello tcbopper and welcome to the forum! I've moved your post to a new thread to that you can get responses tailored to your situation, and not intermixed with those of the other thread here: Looking for a more portable alternative for my Orion XT10 when I'm feeling lazy.

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    Default Re: Looking for a more portable alternative for my Orion XT10 when I'm feeling lazy.

    Hello and welcome to the forums tcbopper.
    I use a Stellarvue 80mm as my travelscope along with a Manfrotto photo tripod.
    The scope and eyepieces are in a HPRC case as checked luggage and the tripod/ mount goes in a suitcase.

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    Default Re: Looking for a more portable alternative for my Orion XT10 when I'm feeling lazy.

    I picked up a Celestron Travel Scope using my United Airline Miles. It was about 14K miles if I remember correctly. It's not a bad little scope. The tripod is pretty flimsy though. And the view won't come close to your XT10 though. I use mine with my SLT tripod as a travel EAA scope.

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    Default Re: Looking for a more portable alternative for my Orion XT10 when I'm feeling lazy.

    Welcome to the forum I use my 90 Mak on a camera tripod for travel but in your case a short tube refractor will probably compliment your Dobs more
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    Default Re: Looking for a more portable alternative for my Orion XT10 when I'm feeling lazy.

    I have three solutions which I use with a Vixen Porta II alt az mount which I like.

    1) An Orion 80mm ST. Definitely the low budget solution. Wide field only.
    2) A Vixen VMC110L modified field Mak Cass design that holds collimation well but is a bear to collimated. Excellent lunar planetary specialist. I'm using the Orion 70 mm build a finder as both a finder and a wide field scope.
    3) A Stellarvue ED80A is an exquisite instrument with the most perfect optics I've ever owned. At f7 it's great as a general purpose instrument with outstanding contrast on nebulae and the Moon.
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    Default Re: Looking for a more portable alternative for my Orion XT10 when I'm feeling lazy.

    Have you thought about a nice set of binos? Super easy grab and go or a quick look in the back yard. I use my 10x50's more than anything else. Orion 20x80 Astronomical Binocular & XHD Tripod Bundle | Orion Telescopes and Binoculars

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