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zfp

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  1. Here is a quick shot I took very early this morning! Enjoy! Merry Christmas!
  2. Thank you all for your warm welcomes Thank you all for your experienced advice as well! Here is my return gift to you a photo from my very first Lunar observation! The telescope arrived yesterday afternoon (12/23) and it was raining alllll day and allllll night. I eventually went to sleep around 12:30AM as it was still raining. I woke up in the middle of the night, checked the forecast, and it showed the clouds had left! I opened my blinds quickly and there shined the full moon! I ran downstairs as a child might on Christmas morning.... lol. Took the XT8 outside, lined her up, and boom! This was taken with my phone (Samsung Galaxy S6) through the stock Sirius Plossl 25.0mm eyepiece! I can't wait to get more accessories and to view more things!!!!
  3. Nice work! Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  4. \ Merry Christmas to me! Also, I got 10$ off with that promo code I googled. I'm so excited!!!!!!!
  5. Thanks guys!! I think I'll go ahead and purchase the XT8 today Maybe I can goof off and take some pics through the eye piece when I get set up
  6. Thank you for the advice, I've narrowed it down to these choices: If you were doing your research, but were new to astronomy, which scope would you recommend first? 1) XT8 http://www.telescope.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=102005&utm_source=google&utm_medium=comparisonshopping&utm_campaign=US-googlemerchant&gclid=Cj0KEQiA496zBRDoi5OY3p2xmaUBEiQArLNnK78BrFrPdlUe2bVFNPWi3NbIF8_1UX7X1Efx9hzlAt4aAjlR8P8HAQ 2) StarBlast 6 http://telescopes.net/store/orion-starblast-6-astro-telescope.html?gclid=Cj0KEQiA496zBRDoi5OY3p2xmaUBEiQArLNnK-GwAYCuAHjsOBASQd1DeqKGImgJq3fPPMA-Kod9dd4aAiOE8P8HAQ 3) Orion 130ST http://www.optcorp.com/orion-spaceprobe-130st-eq-reflector-9007.html?gclid=Cj0KEQiA496zBRDoi5OY3p2xmaUBEiQArLNnKxmgN_ip8T6hoHcmyjpZWhZ2Ss6lJJRwaTBOnSuCGCoaAjyr8P8HAQ 4) AstroMaster 130EQ http://www.binoculars.com/products/celestron-astromaster-130-eq-reflector-telescope?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=2086634692&gclid=Cj0KEQiA496zBRDoi5OY3p2xmaUBEiQArLNnK4imDLXmlUyPf_xQhrdgLI48lulNYn1z5QTkmn3THyQaArc68P8HAQ 5) StarBlast 4.5 http://www.amazon.com/Orion-10015-StarBlast-Reflector-Telescope/dp/B00D12U1IK?tag=dslrist-20 Sorry, I know I'm asking a lot of questions. Thanks again. I just want to be sure I'm getting the best "bang for my buck" as a newcomer to the hobby.
  7. Hmm, so I should go with a 130mm over a 4.5? I was hoping to stay below 300$ and still getting a good quality visual. Would you recommend this http://www.binoculars.com/products/celestron-astromaster-130-eq-reflector-telescope?utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=googlepla&variant=2086634692&gclid=Cj0KEQiA496zBRDoi5OY3p2xmaUBEiQArLNnK4imDLXmlUyPf_xQhrdgLI48lulNYn1z5QTkmn3THyQaArc68P8HAQover the Orion packages I posted?
  8. Would it be wise to get the EQ if I would eventually like to get into photograohing or filming my visuals? I was considering ordering this as well: http://www.telescope.com/Astrophotography/Astrophotography-Cameras/Orion-StarShoot-Solar-System-Color-Imaging-Camera-IV/pc/-1/c/4/sc/58/p/52175.uts
  9. John, thank you very much for the reply. That was very informative. The rest of you, also very informative thank you, I learned new things so thank you! For a beginner in Ohio, would you guys recomend I purchase the EQ Scope (1) or the Dobson (2) listed in OP?
  10. I live in the suburbs of Ohio, but I have access to some "back country roads" with minimal city light. Mainly just street lights to worry about.
  11. Thank you for the replies. When I say "I'd like to see some detail" I mean that I've looked through some pretty cheap telescopes and seen saturn as one big yellow light, but I've seen some videos of a slightly clearer image with color range and depth. Same with Jupiter. Also, I'd like to see the moon's surface as crisply and cleanly as I can for the price range I'm in. I'm not looking to go deep space yet, just solar system viewing to get my feet wet with the hobby. Here are some videos of examples I'm looking to see: 1) 2) 3) Also, is there a major difference in 15mm or 17mm lenses?
  12. Is it just that one is on a tripod, and one is on a dobsidian style stand? Does one of them have slow motion movement tracking, and the other doesnt? Are they both the exact same telescope but with minor differences in accessories?
  13. Hello! I'm looking to begin my interest in astronomy. I really don't want to stare at fuzzy lights, I'd like to see some detail. I've done some research today and narrowed it down to an Orion StarBlaster 4.5" Reflector. Overwhelming reviews state it's a great beginner scope and even a good "grab and go" scope for experienced stargazers. I've found two offers online, but I'm having difficulty understanding the difference (aside from the mount/tripod). 1) http://www.telescope.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=102010&utm_source=google&utm_medium=comparisonshopping&utm_campaign=US-googlemerchant&gclid=Cj0KEQiA496zBRDoi5OY3p2xmaUBEiQArLNnKyz_sQAlZNt8dKEz-v7VryX9COaVBAa2fi0flB4U7gsaAhZd8P8HAQ 2) http://www.telescope.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=9798&utm_source=google&utm_medium=comparisonshopping&utm_campaign=US-googlemerchant&gclid=Cj0KEQiA496zBRDoi5OY3p2xmaUBEiQArLNnK2Edkx_RR7-G4sj89kbHa7wykiAdaCaGn4HW1giADNYaAsDK8P8HAQ Can someone help shed some light onto what it is that makes these deals different? (other than the tripod) Would you recommend either of these deals?
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