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    I assume that "Murica" is slang for "America"?
    I'm not ruling out a typo for Murcia of the Heptarchy.....
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    @Mary Perhaps the 10" Meade would be workable for in/out transportation. It looks so from what I can see.

    I am just drawn to the Meades over a computerized Dob. I've decided I do want GoTo after all, and the cost differential WRT aperture size is not all that much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yet Another Rush Fan View Post
    @Mary Perhaps the 10" Meade would be workable for in/out transportation. It looks so from what I can see.

    I am just drawn to the Meades over a computerized Dob. I've decided I do want GoTo after all, and the cost differential WRT aperture size is not all that much.
    You should get what you like. You could get the 12" and keep it set up on a Scope Buggy or JMI Wheeley Bars in the garage. It's a beautiful scope, and if it strongly appeals to you, then getting the Dob will always feel like you settled for something you really didn't want.

    Whichever you get, I feel strongly that you need a setup that avoids lifting and carrying something extremely heavy. It's amazing how easy it is to find reasons not to use a telescope that is a chore to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    I'm not ruling out a typo for Murcia of the Heptarchy.....
    They didn't have telescopes in those days, so maybe that is why the OP is asking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voyageur View Post
    You should get what you like. You could get the 12" and keep it set up on a Scope Buggy or JMI Wheeley Bars in the garage. It's a beautiful scope, and if it strongly appeals to you, then getting the Dob will always feel like you settled for something you really didn't want.

    Whichever you get, I feel strongly that you need a setup that avoids lifting and carrying something extremely heavy. It's amazing how easy it is to find reasons not to use a telescope that is a chore to use.
    There is no doubt that the best telescope is the one you use: and if it is a chore to set up, it might only get used the first few times, while it is still a novelty... In my experience, the Meade 12" SCT is an excellent scope, but it is best in an observatory. If you go for one of these, then I strongly agree that wheels of some sort are a "must" alternative if you don't have an observatory.

    BTW, if your budget is limited to $2000, don't forget that you might want some extra eyepieces, a 2" diagonal, and other accessories like a ladder/observing chair... although if you are looking at a Meade 12" SCT then I am guessing you have increased your budget?

    Good luck with your choices,

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    Is storing the scope in the garage a good idea?

    The way I see it, it means low/no cool-down time as the garage will track outdoor temp closely. OTOH, it means high humidity in some parts of the year. Is that an issue?

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by Yet Another Rush Fan View Post
    Is storing the scope in the garage a good idea?

    The way I see it, it means low/no cool-down time as the garage will track outdoor temp closely. OTOH, it means high humidity in some parts of the year. Is that an issue?
    Nothing wrong with that! Many of us do this. And you are exactly right with the temperature, though it can get a bit warm in the garage during summer.

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    All of my astronomy gear is always kept in my garage.

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    We do have mice in the garage… One might think that there is no part of a telescope that a mouse would be interested in eating, but I been shocked at what they will eat. Probably a good tarp tied down at the tripod would be a good idea.

    (We heat our house with a high efficiency fireplace almost exclusively, so we start off with four cords of wood in the garage in the fall. That is a lot of places for mice to hide.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yet Another Rush Fan View Post
    We do have mice in the garage… One might think that there is no part of a telescope that a mouse would be interested in eating, but I been shocked at what they will eat. Probably a good tarp tied down at the tripod would be a good idea.

    (We heat our house with a high efficiency fireplace almost exclusively, so we start off with four cords of wood in the garage in the fall. That is a lot of places for mice to hide.)
    I think you would want to make sure that mice can't get onto any of the glass elements of a scope: I'm not sure that mouse poo or urine would be good additions to the coatings...

    Mice have also been known to eat the coatings on electrical wiring if they are hungry enough (they certainly do during mouse plagues here in Oz!). They also tend to eat through things like tarpaulins.

    Maybe a cabinet for the scope would be the best way to go: no openings for the little darlings to get though; but maybe a good quality wire mesh to allow air-flow and maintenance of the scope at ambient temperature; sort of like an old-fashioned meat safe.

    Good luck!

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