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  1. I have owned the 10x50. They were quite good for the price but I have replaced them with Bushnell Legacy for better eye relief, glass and coatings. I certainly wouldn't call either 10x50 lightweight or compact. They are pretty large and heavy. For astronomy I prefer 10x50, for all rounder 8x40 will probably be a good compromise. I would recommend getting Bushnell Legacy from Amazon.com. They are well worth the extra price imo.
  2. Is it possible that it has a two-part cap and you are only removing the inner part?
  3. It's a F/5 scope which is pretty fast, so Hyperions won't perform best at the edge of the field, but it's probably something else that degrades the view. What are you trying to look at and what exactly do you mean by "messy view"? Have you collimated your telescope? Did you let it to cool down? Was the seeing bad? Were you observing over roof tops or other objects that may dissipate heat and degrade the view?
  4. Telrad wouldn't supersede it, not on a large reflector. They complement each other. A magnifying finder allows you to see things that you don't see naked eye. It gives you more pointers for star-hopping and wider field than lowest power eyepiece and allows to point exactly at objects you wouldn't be able to with just RDF/Telrad/Rigel. I use RDF + RACI finder and they work well together. I have also used straight through finder but find it less convenient ergonomically.
  5. Bortle 8 is pretty bad. Stuff doesn't look like it's pictures. M81/82 might not be visible at all. Clusters should be an easier target. If you can catch Orion nebula it is an easy target, you can point right at it. I use SkySafari on my phone. You need to adjust settings so the stars you see in the eyepiece roghly match what you see in the app. Calculate the TFoV of your eyepiece and zoom in in the app. Find a path to your object using recognizable patterns. Baby steps, make sure you are certain where you are after each step. You may need to try multiple times or try different "routes". It takes practice, but it gets easier over time. Even if you can't see the target, you still gain experience.
  6. If I was buying complementary scope I would get a fast refractor for low power wide field views. I think even achromat would do, since it is mostly higher powers where CA becomes a problem. Probably something around 100mm f/6 with 2" focuser.
  7. I think these won't perform well at F/5. The 58 degree one is probably the safest bet. As AFoV gets wider it gets harder to make well corrected eyepiece. I would look for used ES68 16mm. 16mm Nirvana will probably perform good enough too, likely not as well corrected as ES68 but wider field. As for mobility, I just went to a dark site and I wanted to compare my 12" that I recently got to my 8". So I took them both + observing chair, eyepiece case and some camping gear in Skoda Fabia, which is a small car. SW Collapsible 8" tube fits standing on the front seat and the base fits into the trunk. The 12" fits on the back seats. When observing from home I just take 8" out in one piece.
  8. I am the opposite. I keep thinking about what to tweak and upgrade. The joy of commercial Dobs - you have something to do even on cloudy nights
  9. My startegy would be to get ES68 24mm. It will replace 32mm, 25mm and 20mm. ES68 16mm is good as next step from 24mm. Then I would get ES82 11mm and 2x barlow, that will also give 8mm and 5.5mm. Then I would get 30mm+ 2" wide field eyepiece and a dedicated 8mm eyepiece if it gets enough use. Zoom eyepiece is a fine choice too. I got Celestron 8-24mm for $50 shipped from AliExpress. It performs well, just too narrow to my taste at lower range. If you are fine with 50 degree eyepieces, you'll be fine with it in 8-20mm range. You can get good deals if you shop for used eyepieces. ES82 11mm can be usually get for about $110
  10. My understanding is that smaller unobstructed telescope can be better than larger reflector under poor seeing conditions, but if both scopes have central obstruction larger aperture will always be better (by how much and whether it is worth the extra weight and hassle is a different question).
  11. Flashlights that I know that claim 3w output can't be trusted on their values, but yes, they are usually too bright, and if it is really 3w it is way too bright. I prefer regular flashlights with red acrylic filter over their lens. Good ones have low enough low and good UI. I use ArmyTek Tiara A1 Pro (I had to add black foam cover to the switch, beacuse built in indicator light is too bright and impossible to disable). It is 0.2lm on lowest mode and with red filter it is low enough for close work. 2lm is good for walking around. You also want one with floody beam, not focused into a tight spot in the center.
  12. You can take photos of the Moon. The planets are doable with a dob as well I think. With Newtonian on EQ mount you are buying yourself troubles for visual from the start. Focuser position changes as you rotate the scope and will eventually end up where you can't look into the eyepiece and have to rotate the tube.
  13. Usually kits are poor value. You end up paying for stuff you don't really need. The one you linked I would certainly skip. I would rather buy 32mm plossl, 8-24 Celestron zoom and 2x barlow. I think dob will give you best views for your money. Newtonian on equatorial mount is inconvenient for visual observing. Larger apperture will show more on Moon/planets/DSOs.
  14. From my home best I can see is mag 4.5 on a night of excellent transparency and seen. My main targets are the Moon and clusters. Orion nebula looked decent while it was out. Even when the conditions are not optimal it is still good to get out and hunt for some targets just to get some practice, so when the time is right you are ready to get most out of it. This list may help: https://www.nexstarsite.com/OddsNEnds/MessierDifficultyRatings.htm
  15. If you want to get a good advice you really need to give us something to base our advice on. Why do you need at least 11"? Both 11" SCT and 12" dobsonian are going to be big and heavy. Both have pros and cons. I think you should really have a look at one in person before you make a decision. Do you already own a telescope? Where are you going to be observing from? Can you keep the scope assembled and just roll it out? Do you plan taking it to remote dark sites? What's you budget?
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