Where to seek new buyers advice?
Posted 03 October 2007 - 04:47 PM
With all the help you've all given me so far. This is the month we are buying the scope and as fate as it, the boy's grandmother has offered to match our amount with an equal amount, so were talking about 5xx-6xx for our range now.
Of course, this opens a lot more scopes to us, and I have to return and ask again, assuming all the things discussed before, and I go with a refractor, a 497 model, and the best apature I can find, what suddenly becomes the new scope of choice in the 5xx-6xx range?
Don't hate me!
Posted 04 October 2007 - 02:03 AM
The good news is that this puts you in the 6"-8" dobsonian (dob) style reflector. Meade's Lightbridge or Orion's IntelliScope are around $600. Meade's can be disassembled for travel and is very well designed and constructed. The Orion design advantage is an option object locater (it will find objects but not track them). A dob is very easy to move by hand when tracking objects and they are the scope of choice at public star parties with schools. The difference in aperture makes a major impact in what can be seen.
If you want to discuss in more detail, send me a private message and I will give you a call.
Posted 04 October 2007 - 05:21 AM
I do know however that while the DOB scopes are reportedly fantastic, I really want to stick to a tracking and autostar scope for my son's benefit.
Let me do some reading and see what I find.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 05:31 AM
While it's a Christmas gift for my son, nothing says I can't give it a trial run, for testing purposes!
I was not 100% positive if it came with the star software that the other ETX scopes advertised, so I'll check once it comes in and make a separate purchase if not, unless anyone feels there is a better product on the market we should look into while we have the option.
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