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About JKstargazer

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  1. Thank you for the input. One question on the 30mm & 34mm ES eyepieces. They weigh 24-35oz, do you see this being a problem for a dobsonian? I don't want it to be too top heavy. The xt8 I have has tension screws not springs.
  2. Im not looking to replace my current eyepieces, mainly I'd like to enhance my collection. I just want to be able to to take full advantage of my telescope. I'm mainly interested in DSO at this point. I'd love to get a wider and brighter view of my targets. If possible I would like to stay around $250 on the high end. I figure I can get them over time because I'm not really in a rush.
  3. Last year I purchased an Orion xt8 as my first telescope and I absolutely love it. Seeing that nicer days are ahead of us ,I have been looking into getting a few nicer eyepieces to enhance my viewing. My scope came with a 10mm Sirius Plossl and a 2" 28mm Deep View eyepiece. I have primarily looked at Explore Scientific eyepieces, but I am not set on them. My main goal is to get eyepieces that I will be able to use on future telescopes as well as my current dob. If anyone has any recommendations I would appreciate it, Im really just looking to get 1 may 2 new eyepieces for now. The focal length is 1200mm and the focal ratio is f/5.9. Thanks for the advise in advance.
  4. Awesome, thank you for all of the advice, I really appreciate it!
  5. I have used the red dot finder and I was not a fan so that is something I will definitely look into. Thank you for the suggestion. As far as the previous comment that a lot of EP's will not work well due to the focal length, is that something that should lead me away from the xt10? I did not consider the focal length when I was trying to pick a scope. I was between the xt8 and xt10 and decided to just pony up the extra cash now to have the larger aperture.
  6. Right now given the price of the scope Id like to stay around $100-$200. If it would be better to save my money and put it towards a nice EP later, I'm ok with that.
  7. After much consideration and research I have decided to purchase an Orion xt10. Seeing as this will be my first "real" telescope, I am unsure which additional eyepieces to get from the start. My main interest is DSO therefore I was considering purchasing an eyepiece with a wider field of view. Does anyone have any suggestions for a good starting point which will hold me over until I am ready to purchase additional eyepieces? Thanks for the advice in advance!
  8. Wow thank you all for the information / opinion. I started to look into the Dobs more, would it be better (considering I'm new to this) to bump up to the Orion XT10? It does not have the intelliscope feature however the aperture is 2" bigger for a few less dollars. I know there is a weight difference as well, but like I said before that isn't much a concern to me. Any suggestions?
  9. aeajr - Thank you for the recommendation, I will definitely have to consider that telescope. I hadn't really considered a dob at this point, but I think I need to. I do have one more question. I went to my first star party over the weekend and after talking to a few people there I was told to consider the Celestron Nexstar 6SE. This has a smaller aperture than the 8" however it is quite a bit smaller which would fit in my mazda 3 better. Do you see any advantage (aside from the aperture) between either of these? Thanks again for your help, its greatly appreciated!
  10. That you for your responses, to answer your questions... I picked those scopes based on reviews I was able to find online, unfortunately where I live, there aren't any stores to visit. My budget is no more than $600 of possible. I'll use it in a field by my house or at a local armature astronomy observatory. Weight isn't really a concern for me. I will travel with the scope, mainly close drives to 2 hours away. I'd like to say I could find targets on my own but I wonder if a goto scope would be best. I wasn't considering them figuring I could get a bigger aperture instead of spending that money on the goto mechanics. Thanks for your help!
  11. I am hoping to get some guidance in purchasing my first telescope. I am interested in viewing planets as well as deep space objects such as galaxies and nebulae. Because of this, and after doing some research I have decided that a reflector scope would best suit my needs. There are currently 3 telescopes that I am considering: Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ (or 130 EQ) Orion Sky Blaster 4.5 EQ Meade LX70 8" Reflector (on the high end of what I'd want to spend)If anyone would be willing to give me their opinion on any of the scopes, or point me in the direction of other options I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for any and all help / advice.
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