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tersrhythopes

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #15 on: January 12, 2018, 06:56:14 AM »
The Sky-Watcher 200P-1200 is a UK branded version of the DOB 8" Traditional they sell here in the States (203mm aperture and 1200mm focal length) . If that's what he wants, you can't go far wrong with it as a beginner scope. Starrywife doesn't mention where she is, so it could be either version. I concur with almost everyone here, but I wouldn't worry too much about accessories yet; this scope will work fine as is and accessories will make great gifts in the future. There are plenty of resources online, but a good guide is always appreciated. It probably comes with 25mm and 10mm eyepieces (what some other responders are calling EPs, but I'm going to avoid the jargon and keep it plain since I assume you are not experienced with the hobby). Most of all, give him time to enjoy your gift. You sound like a wonder spouse!

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #16 on: January 12, 2018, 06:37:50 PM »
The Orion XT8 for $311.00 leaves a few bucks for a collimation tool and another accessory. That would be my vote.

The 8" skywatcher collapsable strut telescope is quite nice as well.

Either scope comes with eyepieces and will require a collimation tool for best viewing results.

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2018, 05:05:42 AM »
Hi StarryWife,
I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkk!

As someone mentioned earlier, the one telescope is no longer available, but the Zhummel Z8 replaced it. Since we are looking at price, the Zhummel Z8 is $50 less than the Sky-Watcher I recommended to you earlier. Plus, as someone stated above, it comes with a two speed focuser, which is very nice for fine tuning the focus of the telescope. I also said that you'd need a collimator for the telescope, but this one comes with one in the package. It also comes with a cooling fan for the primary mirror, something the Sky-Watcher does not appear to. This is important to get the mirror stabilized to ambient temperature so that the image is not distorted.

http://www.telescope...ector-telescope

Then, of course, you'll need some eyepieces. Here are Celestron's 'Omni' Plossl EPs, a good starting EP series.

http://www.telescope...reviews-iframes

They range in price from $30-$50. If you picked up the 6mm, and the 40mm, that's about $80 total for the EPs. Get the matching 'Barlow' lens, a 2X, and it will double the magnifying power of each lens. So, with the 9mm and 30mm lens that come with the Zhummel Z8, and the Barlow, you'll have a 40mm focal length, a 30mm focal length, a 20mm focal length, a 15mm focal length, a 9mm focal length, a 6mm focal length, a 4.5mm focal length, and a 3mm focal length. You'll notice I said it doubles the power, but the numbers are going down. That's correct, the shorter the focal length of the eyepiece, the more power for a given telescope. The numbers that are italicized are the powers of the eyepieces when used with the Barlow.

http://www.telescope...lens-1-1-4-omni

That Barlow costs about $50, so, you'll be about $130 for eyepieces to buy.

Don't forget the red flashlight.

http://www.telescope...ision-preserver

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2018, 10:12:42 AM »
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The most important thing.

As you can see you've wandered into a bunch of nerds who have individual opinions about small details. You're headed in the right direction, any of the options recommended will work, don't worry about which is the "best", or trying to decide who to believe. At this point, you can't make a mistake with any of these recommendations. Astronomics is a good place to do business, especially with the discount, and they can advise you about details like eyepieces.

Listen to me, my pompous little furry friend.
We are not a bunch of Nerds.
Now pass me that 1 inch air impact gun and my bowtie.

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #19 on: January 15, 2018, 06:03:27 PM »
Instead of bouncing off the walls, I'd be asking, point-blank, "Why did you get this one? I wanted that one instead. That one has that uber-cool feature that this one doesn't have."

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2018, 12:41:20 AM »
Both scopes are basically the same telescope and very good beginner telescopes. Either one is good to begin with and last a very long time, even a lifetime. The Apertura has been renamed to Zhumell and is made by GSO, the Skywatcher is made by Syntha. Both compagnies have making telescopes for quite some time and deliver very good products. The difference between the two are in some details that actualy don't realy matter for a beginner to get started. The important thing is that the telescope itself is sound, which both are.
As far as accesories go, keep it simple. I usually recomend the following items: a barlow to double the magnification of the eyepieces that come with the telescope (both come with two), a simple collimating laser to tune the alignement of the telescope mirrors, a simple red flashlight for use at the telescope, a good book like 'turn left at Orion' and a good starchart like 'Sky and Telescope's Sky pocket atlas'

The main advice is, keep it simple. The fancy stuff will come later.

one last thing is to say your husband is a lucky man to have a better half that supports his hobby.

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2018, 01:55:05 AM »
After looking for a telescope for beginners finally I decided to buy the Levenhuk one. And was pretty glad with it. Plus it didnt cost a lot

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« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2018, 07:50:04 PM »
Oh my, thank you all so much! I came back hoping for a reply or two, and I am overwhelmingly grateful for all of the advice and info you've all given! I will pour over all the telescope info, look at the links, try to educate myself some, and pick a great one. You've definitely pointed me in the right directions. Thank you, thanks you! And what a great tidbit of the discount from astronomics! I also love the idea of a membership to a local astronomy club, I will definitely look into that. We're in a small town in south Texas and I doubt we have one here, but hopefully there will be one within a short drive. I'll also be sure to get him some sort of reference guide/book to go along with the scope.

I'm sure I'll have more questions as I get closer to picking, so I appreciate all the help so far, and if you hang with me till the end, all the more help I'll need. I'll keep ya updated on what I pick, in case you're at all interested. .  And I'll make sure to have my hubby join this site after Christmas, too. You all seem like such a great, encouraging community, I'm so impressed. And whether you're a bunch of nerds or not, I wouldn't know. I'm certainly a nerd in my own right, just not yet in the field of astronomy. Yet, being the key word.

Thank you!!!

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Re: Surprise for Husband
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2018, 11:02:05 PM »
And if you missed the orion xt 8 on clearance, they do come up frequently. The skywatcher traditional dobs are nice also for 355 for the 8in. with a optical finder, 2in. crayford single speed focuser, and 2 plossl eyepieces of 25mm and the 10mm. add an inexpensive 2x barlow available most places for 30 $ and you'll have a very decent starter set-up.

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« Reply #24 on: January 21, 2018, 12:15:41 AM »
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And whether you're a bunch of nerds or not, I wouldn't know. I'm certainly a nerd in my own right, just not yet in the field of astronomy. Yet, being the key word.

Thank you!!!


Ahhh, now there's a woman after my own heart! Ya gotta just love a woman who is willing to be involved in what her husband is doing, and of course, the opposite is true, as well, a husband who supports and is involved with what his wife is doing.

Starry, you're going to love looking at everything up there. It is just amazing.

Can you give us a closer location so that we can look up Astronomy clubs for you?

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« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2018, 04:01:29 AM »
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Oh my, thank you all so much! I came back hoping for a reply or two, and I am overwhelmingly grateful for all of the advice and info you've all given! I will pour over all the telescope info, look at the links, try to educate myself some, and pick a great one. You've definitely pointed me in the right directions. Thank you, thanks you! And what a great tidbit of the discount from astronomics! I also love the idea of a membership to a local astronomy club, I will definitely look into that. We're in a small town in south Texas and I doubt we have one here, but hopefully there will be one within a short drive. I'll also be sure to get him some sort of reference guide/book to go along with the scope.

I'm sure I'll have more questions as I get closer to picking, so I appreciate all the help so far, and if you hang with me till the end, all the more help I'll need. I'll keep ya updated on what I pick, in case you're at all interested. .  And I'll make sure to have my hubby join this site after Christmas, too. You all seem like such a great, encouraging community, I'm so impressed. And whether you're a bunch of nerds or not, I wouldn't know. I'm certainly a nerd in my own right, just not yet in the field of astronomy. Yet, being the key word.

Thank you!!!


What are the chances your husband is not on cloudynights and has not read this post??

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« Reply #26 on: January 23, 2018, 03:36:45 AM »
What a nice thought! Maybe you will also gain an interest in astronomy. My wife never has; however she gets from my love of astronomy and supports me fully in its pursuit.

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« Reply #27 on: January 23, 2018, 10:55:18 AM »
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What are the chances your husband is not on cloudynights and has not read this post??
My same thought indeed. The thing is that if the guy is really interested on those 2 telescopes, he'll probably do lots of research into it. What are the chances, even if he is not a member of the site, to bump into a google search lead to cloudynights? Pretty high I suspect. So if hubby hasn't seen it, I'd probably suggest to Starrywife to contact a moderator and have him/her delete this post after she has all the info she needs...

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« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2018, 12:53:53 PM »
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Oh my, thank you all so much! I came back hoping for a reply or two, and I am overwhelmingly grateful for all of the advice and info you've all given! I will pour over all the telescope info, look at the links, try to educate myself some, and pick a great one. You've definitely pointed me in the right directions. Thank you, thanks you! And what a great tidbit of the discount from astronomics! I also love the idea of a membership to a local astronomy club, I will definitely look into that. We're in a small town in south Texas and I doubt we have one here, but hopefully there will be one within a short drive. I'll also be sure to get him some sort of reference guide/book to go along with the scope.

I'm sure I'll have more questions as I get closer to picking, so I appreciate all the help so far, and if you hang with me till the end, all the more help I'll need. I'll keep ya updated on what I pick, in case you're at all interested. .  And I'll make sure to have my hubby join this site after Christmas, too. You all seem like such a great, encouraging community, I'm so impressed. And whether you're a bunch of nerds or not, I wouldn't know. I'm certainly a nerd in my own right, just not yet in the field of astronomy. Yet, being the key word.

Thank you!!!


What are the chances your husband is not on cloudynights and has not read this post??

Imagine all the guys here who are hoping that's their wife. Whatta disappointment they're gonna have come Christmas!

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« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2018, 02:23:59 PM »
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Imagine all the guys here who are hoping that's their wife. Whatta disappointment they're gonna have come Christmas!
Oh gosh, I'd give the world... I don't think my girl will give me anything astronomy specific after she picked up my Meade 100 deg 14mm eyepice and asked me, "How much this cost?". And I told her, "What you make in 1 week... and a half..."