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8" & 10" Dobsonian Telescope - $333 / $414 at Explore Scientific

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Explore Scientific FirstLight 10" Dobsonian - FL-DOB1005-01 is $414 after applying coupon code first10 with free shipping and no tax.

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254mm (10") aperture
f/5 focal ratio
1270mm focal length
Dobsonian-variant of a Newtonian reflector

Also 8" for $333
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Sorry for dumb question; I have never used a telescope before Frown
This doesn't have that "automatic tracker" that some telescopes do, does it? By "automatic tracker", I mean the system that can be used to "select" the object I want to see and the telescope rotates and points to it by itself (once it is calibrated). How difficult would it be to find "stuff" without that system for a beginner?
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Sorry for dumb question; I have never used a telescope before Frown
This doesn't have that "automatic tracker" that some telescopes do, does it? By "automatic tracker", I mean the system that can be used to "select" the object I want to see and the telescope rotates and points to it by itself (once it is calibrated). How difficult would it be to find "stuff" without that system for a beginner?
If you really want to learn astronomy, DONT get a telescope with the tracker. Its just an added cost. You are better off just getting a telescope and use SKY GUIDE app on your phone. Then point and see with your telescope.

The 10" Dobsonian for $400 is such a great deal. Not sure I have seen this so low. Especially with the free accessory kit. Which is worth $100. Spectacular deal.
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These are BY FAR the best bang for the buck for visual astronomy. If you're thinking of getting your kid a telescope, get this. Visually, there's basically no such thing as significantly scopes at any price that can fit in your car. Just be aware they are large.
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Thanks OP. I'm such a sucker for backyard science deals like this. But I regret the last telescope deal I jumped on.

Bought a Celestron from a Costco slickdeal something like 10-12 years ago when Mars was making the news for being unusually close to Earth. Supposedly you could see the martian polar icecaps with ease. My kids and I had high hopes but were completely underwhelmed by the smeary indistinct view that scope provided, even with the "upgraded" lens kit. Guess we had the wrong expectations for that particular scope. The auto-locator was nice however.

How hard/expensive would it be to equip one of these scopes for photography? Those of you who own one of these--- have any pictures you care to post?

And what do we lose by going with the 8" instead of the 10"?
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I have a Canon 5d mk 4, would love to know if it can be used with the 10" model. How do you keep a planet in frame without the auto-tracker functionality? I'm a newbie but would love to get into it with my 6 and 9 yearold.
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I am the OP but I don't know much about Astronomy. I am a newbie as well. I know it's a great deal but sorry I do not know answers to your technical questions.
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Those with newbie questions might want to head over to the Cloudy Nights Beginners Forum [cloudynights.com]as there's a ton of useful information there.
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Visually, there's basically no such thing as significantly scopes at any price that can fit in your car. Just be aware they are large.

Not sure I follow you here... there's plenty of scope this big (app wise) that easily fit in cars if you're talking "at any price"

The 8-10" SCTs from Celestron and Meade come immediately to mind for example.... We've transported our Celestron Evo 9.25" in the back seat of a sports coupe comfortably.

There's even Collapsible/portable Dobs with similar apertures to these that will break down pretty small though again they're more expensive than these.
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Wow the 10" sold out fast...
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If you really want to learn astronomy, DONT get a telescope with the tracker. Its just an added cost. You are better off just getting a telescope and use SKY GUIDE app on your phone. Then point and see with your telescope.

The 10" Dobsonian for $400 is such a great deal. Not sure I have seen this so low. Especially with the free accessory kit. Which is worth $100. Spectacular deal.
I disagree. It all depends what you would like to do. I personally do not like watching through an eyepiece outside in the cold, hot, mosquito weather. My mounts control the telescopes while I view with a camera on a computer inside the house. I can easily navigate to multiple targets in one evening versus trying to guide by hand. Without tracking, you have to constantly move the telescope which is time consuming and can be frustrating for new people.

Like someone mentioned above. Go to CloudyNights to figure out what you want to do. Figure out how much money you want to spend towards the hobby. It can become very addicting and expensive but very rewarding if you temper your expectations. The following is a good site where you can see examples of setups and what to expect with certain equipment.

https://www.astrobin.com/search/?...&d=i&t=all
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I disagree. It all depends what you would like to do. I personally do not like watching through an eyepiece outside in the cold, hot, mosquito weather. My mounts control the telescopes while I view with a camera on a computer inside the house. I can easily navigate to multiple targets in one evening versus trying to guide by hand. Without tracking, you have to constantly move the telescope which is time consuming and can be frustrating for new people.

Like someone mentioned above. Go to CloudyNights to figure out what you want to do. Figure out how much money you want to spend towards the hobby. It can become very addicting and expensive but very rewarding if you temper your expectations. The following is a good site where you can see examples of setups and what to expect with certain equipment.

https://www.astrobin.com/search/?...&d=i&t=all
Thanks for the info. Is it possible to control a Dobsonian with a tracker?
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Thanks for the info. Is it possible to control a Dobsonian with a tracker?

Of course...for example-

https://www.telescope.com/Orion-S...102019.uts

(that's just an example, not necessarily a specific deal recommendation)
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Of course...for example-

https://www.telescope.com/Orion-S...102019.uts

(that's just an example, not necessarily a specific deal recommendation)
I think he meant is it possible to use this 10" dobs with a tracker...?
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Wow the 10" sold out fast...
Looks like the 10" is back in stock.
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