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Richard Acosta

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Re: So my Z12 turned into a Z10
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2018, 05:25:49 PM »
Welll, what you lost in aperture you gained in portability and ease of use. The 10" is great scope! A coworker recently scored a Z12 at a garage sale and it is quite a beast! A 10" makes a fine manageable big scope.

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Re: So my Z12 turned into a Z10
« Reply #31 on: February 02, 2018, 11:53:25 PM »
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Welll, what you lost in aperture you gained in portability and ease of use. The 10" is great scope! A coworker recently scored a Z12 at a garage sale and it is quite a beast! A 10" makes a fine manageable big scope.

Enjoy!

Last year a guy I know was selling a 12 inch Orion Tube Dob for $240. The tube had a dent but otherwise the scope was in good condition. Had it been a 10 inch, I would have bought it for a loaner. But those12 inch tube Dobs are too big for a sedan and as Tomykay said, most people aren't ready to wrestle with a water heater.

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Re: So my Z12 turned into a Z10
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2018, 11:52:19 AM »
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Ivan Kim

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Re: So my Z12 turned into a Z10
« Reply #33 on: February 09, 2018, 12:17:36 AM »
Maybe she measured the inside diameter of the tube? No one measures the mirror physically because it is at the bottom of the tube in the mirror Cell.

If she is new and didn't personally buy it, perhaps she really thought it was 12"...shrugs.

Plenty to see with a 10". Once you have done enough galaxy and planetary nebulae viewing where you are craving more, then you can skip 12" and go to 14" or 16", perhaps sink more money into a premium one. Always have your 10" as a grab and go dob.

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Re: So my Z12 turned into a Z10
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2018, 02:05:38 AM »
I personally wouldn't be able to tell a 10" from a 12" without comparing measurements, presuming I didn't have info on the tube or have a pair of pictures or tubes in front of me, and I've looked at a lot of them.

At any rate, lots of folks have already given lots of good advice. My only telescope is a 5." Not interested in a standard 10" because having to tote a tube and mount that heavy in and out would wear thin almost immediately.

My 5" weighs 14 pounds tube and mount and takes very little effort for me to take out. I'm mainly interested in the solar system, so I don't need light-gathering; more aperture would just help me with resolution, and I'm not willing to spend 2k on a &lt;30 pound 10" dob; I'd sooner spend that on a trip to France with my family.

The truth is that even a 3" scope or a pair of binoculars could provide a lifetime of astronomy enjoyment without exhausting even a fraction of things visible in the sky, and on the other end, even a 50" scope (or larger) won't show you everything in detail. Learning to be happy with where you are is key for pretty much everything in life, not just astronomy.

I'll freely admit that if you offered me your 10", I'd thank you and kindly turn it down, as 50 pounds-worth of telescope to move around would be enough to keep me indoors.

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Re: So my Z12 turned into a Z10
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2018, 10:57:10 AM »
You're enjoying the 10" awesomely at the moment, and going from 10 to 12 isn't big enough of a jump for the effort. Keep the 10 and keep enjoying the hell out of it. 10" can be a lifetime scope for some people. Someday in the future, evaluate whether you can handle a 16" and then go for it if so. If not, just keep enjoying the 10.