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barlaliblo

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Re: Which would you pick?
« Reply #30 on: January 30, 2018, 11:42:59 PM »
I myself would go with the 8". I have a10", manual, although at times it would be nice to have go to for finding the more elusive objects and tracking to keep one in view longer, but, I am not real handy at repairs should either of them go on the fritz. Which, you know will happen at the worst possible time. If it needs work by someone else, how long will you have to wait for it? It appears that you have had a bit of experience in the he past with both kinds, so you know the reasons for each. I think I would do the 8", let him learn and then plan to add push to, or tracking later, should he want it. Maybe he'll use it like Jon for 15 years and then take the next step up .

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Re: Which would you pick?
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2018, 08:12:59 AM »
THANK YOU all for your wonderful responses!

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Re: Which would you pick?
« Reply #32 on: February 02, 2018, 08:12:32 PM »
I went through this very thing a year and a half ago. I got a Dob 8" The wow factor was there at first. Then I wanted too know what I was looking at. Wow turned into frustration. The key is, I wanted to know what I was looking at. If it just the wow factor go with the Dob. It's east it is a good beginners telescope. But if he really wants to know what the name of that first cluster. Then the goto may be a better way to start. I still have my 8" Dob. I've added a 12" push too and a Celestron 6se. But at the very beginning the 8" dob was a wonderful way to get me excited. But then again I'm 67 retired and not a teenage boy.

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Re: Which would you pick?
« Reply #33 on: February 04, 2018, 01:06:34 PM »
It's a tricky question because both scopes are good, and the desire to have goto (or not) is largely a personal preference.

Advantages to the Starseeker:
It has tracking as well as goto. Tracking is extremely helpful when you want to do outreach or stargaze with other people. If you're the one who figures the scope out first and want to use it to show him objects, tracking is a huge benefit. It'll also be really helpful for him if he ever wants to show anyone things through the scope.
Goto can be really nice. I find it especially helps in three ways - it's really good for finding obscure objects that are difficult to see, it's really good at finding things in obscure areas of the sky where there are few markers, and it helps immensely in areas of significant light pollution where it can be difficult to see guide stars. It also speeds up finding objects a lot, which is good if you are stargazing with people who don't have a long attention span, or don't have one yourself.
Both the mount and the scope can be switched out. You could get a smaller scope like an 80mm ED refractor or a C90 and instantly have a pretty lightweight traveling kit. The scope can also be used with another mount if you get a better one later, this one dies, or if you want something unpowered.
As a smaller telescope, it will cool down faster.

Advantages of the Dob:
You get two inches more aperture. This makes a significant, but not overwhelming, difference. You'll be able to see more objects and many objects will reveal significantly more details when viewed. In particular, you can start trying for at least a little detail out of some of the brighter galaxies with an 8" and you can resolve many more globular clusters.
The dob will be more stable. The Starseeker is kind of at the limit of the mount's carrying capacity and will be a little shaky. The dob should be rock solid.
The dob requires less technical ability to use. Goto is pretty easy these days, but it does still require a little bit of skill to set up right. If you are a seriously untechnical person, it could be difficult or at least tiresome, particularly if anything ever goes wrong.
The dob might last longer, and will be harder to break. Goto mounts can be broken by very incautious use and sometimes just die on you. Dob mounts are much harder to break and can be built entirely up from scratch if you do. Of course, you can always ruin the optics of either.
The dob might be a little higher quality, depending on the brand.

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Re: Which would you pick?
« Reply #34 on: February 09, 2018, 09:55:12 AM »
I started with a simple 10 " Dob to learn the sky, which I found helpful. Once I felt comfortable, I upgraded to the GoTo technology which I will admit is nice mostly to me for the tracking. Yelling, hey hon, you gotta see this, and then having to find it again is less than spectacular. The modern, quality GoTo mounts really do work very well.

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Re: Which would you pick?
« Reply #35 on: February 09, 2018, 10:30:14 AM »
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THANK YOU all for your wonderful responses!

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