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I love my 4 inch frac and wouldn't want to replace it but maybe I could add a complimentary scope. I think that if I had an 8 inch dob, it would be better at most things so I wouldn't feel like using my frac very much. I think a 10 inch would be too cumbersome given that I live in a third floor flat with no garden. So my idea is to get a 12 inch Explore Scientific Ultra Light truss dob. Not just yet- it's a couple of years til my 50th birthday (I'm still in the SGL youth wing). I'm also open to the 10 inch version of the Ultra Light but my thoughts are- if I get a nice big one, I would only take it out when I'm really committed to a big night and I would still use the frac a lot, but when I did take the dob out, the difference would be significant. However, I do have some reservations. Firstly, I've never even looked through a dob. Secondly, I'm a particularly clumsy person and I'm worried about getting it dirty or scratched. Collimation is something I've never tried. Would any of you be put off by doing it every night at least once? Also, searching threads on this forum it seems that I might expect to do some DIY on the scope, which could be a deal breaker due to my afore-mentioned clumsiness. Lastly, would an f5 12 inch be extra hard on eyepieces- I have BCOs and starguiders and wouldn't have any extra cash for hundred-pound eyepieces- oh yes coma correctors too. Would I need one? Absolutely lastly, is getting a hefty 12 inch dob too much for someone with no experience with large telescopes? Anyway, I would be really grateful to hear of people's truss dob experiences. I've read posts by @seven_legs and @russ.will but I don't know if they still visit the forum. p.s Unfortunately, there's no astro club anywhere near me. Thank you,
Well, the day has finally arrived. My new dream scope has landed at my door. After many weeks of contemplation of what i wanted to upgrade to i have finally settled on the Orion 12" goto dob. Love the look of this scope along with the quality build finish. I was originally going to go for the GSO Revelation 12" and build my own EQ mount but i have always had a soft spot for Orion and just thought, sod it So, here it is boxed up with the Tracer battery i got along with the Orion mains adapter. Think i may need to buy a 12v jack plug for the battery however as there isnt one in the box, only a strange female tube like connector. Only thing left on back order is the Orion light shroud due any time soon. Big shout out to Kerin at Telescope House for all his help and amazing deal he has done me. Thanks pal. So, the big unbox is due tomorrow, plenty more pics to follow for this thread.