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First scope search is down to three. Help?
« on: December 24, 2017, 03:20:14 AM »
After weeks of Posting and Reading on another forum (where there are a couple of long-time astronomers I trust) and Almost an hour on the phone with High Level Scientific, I Have narrowed our "first Range" question down to 3:

Celestron Omni XLT 102mm Refractor on the CG-4 bracket
Celestron Omni XLT 150mm Reflector on the CG-4 bracket
Orion XT8 Classic

We will be viewing in our back yard and in the parking lot of a nearby observatory, both with similar light conditions.  I see pluses for the CG-4-mounted scopes since I can put new OTAs on the mounts if I want to experiment afterwards, but the value of the XT8 appears to be tough to oversell.

I've budgeted for a fundamental pair of eyepieces just to learn what they do and which ones I find useful together with a collimation eyepiece if needed (the XT8 includes a cap, so the XLT 150 does not come with anything so far as I understand).

Can anybody provide any guidance on those choices?  I like the ability to put in a motor for tracking, but for our funding I'd rather spend the money on optics than GoTo.  Thanks!

P.S..  We combined a local ministry team and attended a celebrity party with access to an ETX-125, a dob like the XT8, an Astromaster 114EQ, a pair of CPC 1100s (if I recall correctly), and the 24" in the observatory.  The scopes were pointing in the heavens, though, which did not tell us much about how they'd manage other objects.