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    That was not a crack, just a realization. I know where everything in my price range is coming from.
    Nor was it taken that way

    The "Budget" Asian manufactures have really picked their act in the last few years, and the winners are us, the end users.

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    A friend recommended I check out (forum Y), but I have yet to 'register for free'.
    ROTFLMAO, yeah for $12 US you get "Free membership"

    Ebay is cool as long as you do your homework. But it is a minefield for the beginner who is unaware of what they are looking at.

    Josh did real well, but he did the homework first.

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    I'm a big fan of eBay, as a seller & buyer. But you have to take a leap of faith when buying used tech stuff, or get a good bargain like j-2 did.

    I do have a 'favorite search' saved, formatted to not show those 100's of 6" newts for $200! (good luck to you if you're out there!)

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    Hi Mugect,
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    Having a large 10" to start with (i mean a real scope, used binoculars in the past), I found it very very frustrating. This is one of the main reasons I ended up getting a goto GEM EQ scope, even though I lost most of my aperature going down to a 4" refractor, I still am very very happy that I can enjoy looking at objects in even high magnification without them zooming off the finder view. It was very frustrating finding a very easy target such as Mars and then have it move off view. I can only imagine finding a DSO which zooms off of the view, only to never come back. However, Dobs do have many pluses on the otherhand. If you can smoothly set the mount, it is possible to track objects by bumping the tube very slightly every so often. Also, if you outgrow your bumping, you can move to a tracking platforum or a large EQ mount. However, in the long run you will spend a lot of money to do this and you still may be without other features or it may not be an ideal solution due to the tubes weight.

    I do miss the aperature, however if you can get a large aperature scope on a equatorial mount then that would be the best. Now I realize why experienced people love large SC or Mak scopes on EQ setups... very portable, not cheap but you do get your aperature and tracking with them.
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    However, Dobs do have many pluses on the otherhand. If you can smoothly set the mount, it is possible to track objects by bumping the tube very slightly every so often. Also, if you outgrow your bumping, you can move to a tracking platforum
    Don't lose sight of the fact that any alt az mount, dob or fork or single arm or whatever, manual, motorised or GoTo, without a wedge (ie a means to align in position relevant to latitude) will display field rotation. This may not necessarily be an issue for visual. but it is an issue for photography.

    The only plus for the modern Dob of say 8" or 10" aperture is exactly that. Affordable aperture. For the average Joe on a tight budget, the Dob gets him well into deep sky, no doubt about it. But if you can afford a more sophisticated mount, I say go for it.
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    I agree but if one has the budget, then do go for an EQ or motorized mount it really is an improvement on viewing. If you just need aperature, then dobsonian is the way to go up to 16" Skywatcher collapsible dobs or custom built 25" monsters...
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