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From previous experience, the nexstar system alignment is BS.


Jeez they can't do a smartphone app or gps.

Total BS
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From previous experience, the nexstar system alignment is BS.


Jeez they can't do a smartphone app or gps.

Total BS
This came out before smart phones and apps and gps and breathing.... cause we cant exist without those. LMAO You can center your location through the internal program so you dont get too lost out there. It is good for entry level and planet watching. I have it and am ready for a new scope...
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I am not an expert but a beginner spending a lot of time researching what to get. I got the deal you linked (90mm refractor) because of the following.

I have 3 small kids who don't have the patience at this time to look up star charts, calculate things, and then constantly chase after an object that quickly moves out of field of view. Therefore a motorized system that follows the object and points directly to it are mandatory for me (ie nexstar).

I am the kind of person where if I get into a hobby, I want good equipment....which translates for me to a reflector system of sort with at least 8" mirror.....now we are talking a scope over $1200 at the minimum.

I figured I will start with the $160 refractor which should be able to see rings of Saturn (pretty much all my 4yo cares about) then if I really get into it I will get a nice scope.

For me this reflector scope would end up being inadequate at 130mm (a dvd is 120mm) if I were going to step it up. That's just my own logic, but to each their own. This may be the perfect scope for someone else. Portability is going to be much easier with this than an 8" mirror (size/weight) when you really want to go somewhere out of the city for stargazing.

I am sure there are people with much greater knowledge than me on this topic but that's my beginner perspective
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Can you see Uranus with this thing?
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I am not an expert but a beginner spending a lot of time researching what to get. I got the deal you linked (90mm refractor) because of the following.

I have 3 small kids who don't have the patience at this time to look up star charts, calculate things, and then constantly chase after an object that quickly moves out of field of view. Therefore a motorized system that follows the object and points directly to it are mandatory for me (ie nexstar).

I am the kind of person where if I get into a hobby, I want good equipment....which translates for me to a reflector system of sort with at least 8" mirror.....now we are talking a scope over $1200 at the minimum.

I figured I will start with the $160 refractor which should be able to see rings of Saturn (pretty much all my 4yo cares about) then if I really get into it I will get a nice scope.

For me this reflector scope would end up being inadequate at 130mm (a dvd is 120mm) if I were going to step it up. That's just my own logic, but to each their own. This may be the perfect scope for someone else. Portability is going to be much easier with this than an 8" mirror (size/weight) when you really want to go somewhere out of the city for stargazing.

I am sure there are people with much greater knowledge than me on this topic but that's my beginner perspective
Just bought a 10" dobsonian off Craigs for 275. Probably could have got it for $200 if I bargained hard
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Just bought a 10" dobsonian off Craigs for 275. Probably could have got it for $200 if I bargained hard
Secondary market is a better place to find deals, then spend your savings on a better eyepiece or something. Not much advances in the tech on the amateur side unless you are doing astrophotography.
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Just bought a 10" dobsonian off Craigs for 275. Probably could have got it for $200 if I bargained hard
There hasn't been much on CL in the last month near me that has the features I want. That sounds really cool though! I will be keeping an eye out for something though now that the refractor will arrive tomorrow
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Can you see Uranus with this thing?
No, but Pluto is clearly visible.
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Can you see Uranus with this thing?
Depends on how long your torso is.
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This is a $$ toy. Find a used Dobson or even a 8 inch from Orion for about the price.
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Same price on Amazon
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Can you see Uranus with this thing?
Sure you can see Uranus. Just look at Djibouti in the mirror. Don't need a telescope for that. ☺
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Same price on Amazon
Amazon link pls?
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