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    Default Buying an Orion Skyquest XT10 -- What to go with it?



    Hello, the question is in the title: I'm purchasing an Orion Skyquest XT10 and I'm looking for some recommendations on some extras to get with it. Lenses, eyepieces, filters, whatever. I'm willing to spend up to a couple hundred as this will be the first scope I've owned that is really worth investing in, so any advice would be appreciated.

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    I think Bob's Knobs are a nice, low cost upgrade. I found they help quite a bit with adjusting the secondary. I'm glad I bought an observing chair. Sky & Telescope's pocket atlas is nice to have as well. It's a big help if you're trying to learn the constellations.

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    Welcome smog,
    I agree fully with markan's choices. I believe you use allen wrenches with an Orion dob's secondary and Bob's Knobs would be a great upgrade.. in addition, a well made star chart like Pocket Sky Atlas is a no brainer.. as is some sort of workable chair.
    After that I would stop dead in my tracks if I were you (well maybe a cheshire collimator, they are cheap and work great :P). The rest of the stuff (eyepieces, ect.) will surely find you when the time is right. Many of us find that the accessories bought with the scope are the same ones that rarely get used when all is said and done. After you get in some experience with your scope, you'll know what you need.. and that won't necessarily be what others need.
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    I like to work on one project after another. I pick up what is necessary for each project. I get to scratch the itch for new gadgets, but only a bit at a time. When I was working on lunar objects, I picked up a filter. When I started the messier objects, I picked up a 2" wide angle EP., when I started giving seminars I picked up a couple of used scopes to go with my set, when I started visiting my kids in Arizona I picked up a smaller grab and go, goto scope, etc. But always, just a little at a time and matched to the project I am on, stretched out over years. It keeps everything fresh and exciting. It also has the positive side affect of not inciting my wife to murder.

    I tool up on all the free stuff I can get through the Internet, stuff like Stellarium, lunar atlas and pics, different star atlasses. I often print a copy of the atlas page that has the objects I want to look for and laminate it with a sheet of sticky clear shelf paper on each side. Then use a three hole punch and put it in a binder. I am slowly building several sets of atlases (scope, binoculars, lunar) at the same time. The sheets are virtually waterproof and if one gret damaged, I can replace it for pennies. You can draw the circles on it for star hopping and you haven't messed up an expensive book.

    I pick up a new book or two to match each project I am working on.

    A chair, a small table, a weak or red light, binoculars are also all helpful. My wife found a used snowmobile suit for $10. THAT was about the best $10 we've ever spent.

    Don't get in a hurry. Stretch it out and have fun. When the time is right you will know what you want. Just let it come naturally. Before any purchase run it past the rest of the forum and read as much as you can. It will help you avoid costly mistakes.

    Another hint, a lot of people spend big bucks on telescopes and all the accessories, only to discover it doesn't match them as much as they thought it would. Then they sell the stuff for a price much less than it is worth. You can watch Craig's List and pick up barely used scopes with lots of accessories. You can then keep the accessories and resell the scope for not much less then you have in it. It's almost like free accessories. But you have to take the time to watch and know what stuff is worth. That's how I was able to afford the scopes I use in seminars.
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    Thanks for all the great replies but I believe I didn't explain myself quite as well as I should have. This isn't my first scope by any means, it's just the first scope that I've felt it would be worth investing extras in. As this is the case, I'm not very familiar with lenses, filters, eyepieces, etc. I'd like to get as much clarity out of the messier objects as possible as my primary objective.

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    Thanks for the heads up Smog. IMO this changes the info very little.. bottom line is that your experience with this new/different scope should still lead you to know what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smog View Post
    Hello, the question is in the title: I'm purchasing an Orion Skyquest XT10 and I'm looking for some recommendations on some extras to get with it. Lenses, eyepieces, filters, whatever. I'm willing to spend up to a couple hundred as this will be the first scope I've owned that is really worth investing in, so any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
    Eyepieces
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    Your new telescope comes with only a 25mm plossl. This will give you a magnification of 48x. I think you will need higher magnifications for the moon and planets and lower magnification for finding deep sky objects.

    I have the 8" version of your scope with the same focal length. I use a Hyperion 8-24mm click zoom to get higher magnifications of 50x to 150x (along with a 2x barlow for up to 300x) and a 2" Siebert Observatory 36mm for low power (33x), wide field of view looks at the sky. The 36mm is the eyepiece I use while finding as well.

    Finders
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    Your scope comes with a red dot finder. I prefer a telrad and a right angle finder (RACI) which I have on my scope. The telrad helps me find the area where an object is and the RACI helps me center it to get it in the eyepiece.

    Chair
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    I believe an adjustable observing chair is a must. It will greatly add to your comfort and viewing time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrkirkham View Post
    not inciting my wife to murder.
    yes, this is a very good skill to have with this hobby.
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    Default Re: Buying an Orion Skyquest XT10 -- What to go with it?

    I am new to this hobby and currently have ETX-80 and ETX-90 and xt10g on order. Despite my short time at this I would say the two most important things are not the scope - they are the chairs and the clothes, warm clothes.
    Especially being new to this hobby. Almost any view thru even a limited scope is amazing! But if you ain't comfortable you will never get the view. I am a quick learner, one time out and I realized that warm clothes and a great viewing chair would be necessary for anything more than the most cursory look at the heavens.

 

 

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