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  1. Would you rather have a 1/10 12" mirror instead of a 1/4 16" mirror for detailed DSO observing? Just wondering. I found a test (In russian it seems) http://www.fidgor.narod.ru/Observers/Test/test_281.html which show a p-v 1/4 for the ES 16" which is ok?
  2. Hehe, yeah I've been doing maybe to much research. I think im nearing 100+ hours only the last 10 days I've always loved astronomy (as a kid I had a pocket astronomy book with me all the time haha) so I can spend hours on it without problems (except when I'm working ofc....). I actually know most of the constellation thanks to those books from my younger days. Thank you for your suggestion, those are some really impressive telescopes. I didn't know it was possible to fit 14" newtonian on a EQ6 thats insane . However, the price for the Explore Scientific 16" is at about £1650 (or NOK 18 499 as I'm in Norway). It's on a 20% discount at the moment from my local retailer. Which is cheaper than the VX14 without a mount . The VX14 does look like a higher quality telescope though, and having it on a eq6 mount would be a dream (albeit heavy one). In my eyes, since I've never owned a newtonian, I see the easy collimation setup of the ES 16" as a big advantage for me. I'm planning to combine it with a DSC from here: http://www.astrodevices.com/ until I learn star hoping well enough. But you've given me more to think about now. A 12"/14" Newtonian with quality mirrors on a EQ6 sounds really good. Do they ship to Norway? I've been using the following map to check out my skies http://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=11&lat=8312969&lon=1255320&layers=B0TFFFF (link should take you directly to my city). I'm in the orange area according to the 2016 data here. The good dark sites are about 30 mins drive form my house. An ok dark site seems to be a 10-15min drive (there's a good spot close to a lake which runs North-south, but the trees are far away on all sides. I've just been unsure when it comes to dew if it's a good idea to view from a spot close to a lake). But yeah, I would love to be able to use the goto functions on a 11" SCT and use it directly from my yard. During winter the Orion constellation is on a really nice spot and easily viewable during the entire evening/night from my yard during fall/winter. Summers are a b**** though. The sun only sets for about 3 hours and then it gets light enough for only the brightest stars or planets to be viewable. The biggest problem with buying a scope in Norway seems to be that there isn't any market for used telescopes, meaning selling one is really difficult. I've only seen 4 telescope for sale on Norways largest classifieds site, 3 of which are Celestron SCTs and one Skywatcher APO 120mm. I guess that's to be expected from a country with ~5mill population. So the scope I buy will probably be used by me for a long time.
  3. Somewhat outside of the main question. I noticed in your signature that you have a SCT 9.25"? How much less details in DSOs would the Celestron c11 (11") have then say a 12" dob or 16" dob? Is the Celestron 11" CST any good for DSO observing at all? I want at the minimum to be able to see m31 details/arms.
  4. How difficult is it to track objects with larger dobsonians? I am planning to get ultra wide angle EPs (100) so I can observe objects somewhat before nudging the telescope again. My wife is equally or even more interested in stargazing so it would be ok if we could watch an object the both of us before it moves out of the FOV. We are most probably going be 2-3 people stargazing with the new telescope.
  5. Wow, ty for the great response! No mostly the moon, and a star now and then. I primarily want to use it to try at find DSOs, albeit planets are also great. Unfortunally, I'm in Norway and I've tried to find some clubs close to me to have a go with a 16" dob but there are no clubs close I also don't know anyone who owns a 16" dob. It's as you say I'm afraid of how "heavy" the scopes movements will be when I try to track objects or planets, but I dont know how much the difference is between the 12" and 16" movements. I've read som reviews/First Light reports on some ES 12" and 16" dobs on this forum. I actually have a van which I use to move larger stuff and a garage to store things in (Also a quite large house so storage isn't a problem). Lifting the telescopes weight isn't a problem for me either (28 years and very fit *cough*). I am, however, always a bit optimistic so you have a point it might ruin the experience lifting a heavy telescope in and out. The local retailer I'm buying from only sells the 10"/12"/16" ES dobs and the 12"/16" Meade lightbridge, no other dobs. I was actually going for the 12" until I saw the 20% sale on the 16" (feels like alot of bang for your buck) . How large is the time difference between the 12" and the 16" for the mirror to cool down? I was planing to use the dob both from home and from dark sites (they aren't far from my house) would the 12" be a much better idea for that? My thought was that with the 16" I would get way better resolution of objects, but I dont know how much better it is from a 12". So many questions I have a Volkswagen van which should fit the telescope without problems. I'm in a rural area where during clear skies (never gets really dark in the summer in Norway, but during winter its great) I can see the Orion constellation and lots of stars right in my yard. However, there is some light pollution as the milky way is not viewable (sometimes its barely viewable). I was planing on using the telescope both from home and at dark sites. Thank you for taking your time to respond to my questions guys!
  6. Hi, I've been eyeing an Explore Scientific 12" dobsonian for a while (primarily due to easier collimation). But a few days ago I noticed there was a 20% sale at my local retailer on Explore Scientific's 16" dobsonian and I am thinking I should just go ahead and get one. The big question is, is this too big of a telescope for a first timer (don't really have any experience with observing DSOs and planets)? Only experience I have prior to this is a 70mm skylux from Bresser (My dad bought it for me 15 years ago) which I've used to watch the moon primarily. Any advice or thoughts are appreciated Edit: Been lurking on this forum for a while, soaking up information. This forum is great for newcomers!
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