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shyam

8 inch dobsonian gso

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hi

interested in going with 8 inch  dobsonian of GSO. Whats the best advice . how far can i see and whats the best i can get out of this telescope. 

regards

shyam menon

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It is an F6 so a reasonably fast reflector, so good for DSO and with reasonable magnification you will get good views of the Moon and planets. A good all rounder.

It would not be suited to astro photography as it is a manual push too scope. 

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Besides astrophotograpy, an 8" f/6 Dobsonian is the stargazers "Swiss Army knife". Well suited for moon and planets, as well as for a lot of DSO's. Given your location in a less light polluted area, a nice lifetime instrument, not expensive, still portable to even darker skies to the west; have a look:

https://www.lightpollutionmap.info/#zoom=11&lat=1143802&lon=8482192&layers=B0FFFFTFFFFTT

Stephan

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No telescope will produce views which resemble astrophotos but an 8 inch Newtonian, properly collimated, is a serious and rewarding instrument to use.

Olly

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1 hour ago, Raph-in-the-sky said:

With the right equipment you could also do planetary imaging.

And lunar.   🙂

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If you build yourself an equatorial platform you can put the telescope on top.
Then follow the sky for long enough to capture the moon and planets with a webcam type camera.
You can find details of motor driven, equatorial platforms online. No great skill or expense required.
Just a synchronous, gearbox motor for a drive. They used to have these little gearbox motors in washing machines.
To run the wash programmes using microswitches and cams. A local washing machine repairer might have one of these motors.
Or eBay is a good source if you don't have any locally.

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