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I have the collapsible 10, and I'm very happy with it. There was no way I could have fit the 12 in the car.
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I have the collapsible 10, and I'm very happy with it. There was no way I could have fit the 12 in the car.
I finally moved to a location where we have a balcony and the sky is clear and dark enough to appreciate the night sky. I am a novice with 2 young kids who want to see the planets and celestial bodies in our solar system. Is this easy enough for a novice and one that can grow with our family as our skills improve? Ok to leave outside?
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I finally moved to a location where we have a balcony and the sky is clear and dark enough to appreciate the night sky. I am a novice with 2 young kids who want to see the planets and celestial bodies in our solar system. Is this easy enough for a novice and one that can grow with our family as our skills improve? Ok to leave outside?
Like any decent telescope there will be a learning curve. The trickiest part of owning a dobsonian is when you have to collimate the mirror. I have no experience with this particular scope but it can be tricky at first. There's lots of assistance online though. The height of the eyepiece will probably require a ladder or step stool for your young ones to reach comfortably.

I would not leave this telescope outside permanently. The base is made of some kind of sealed wood, but wood nonetheless. The only way I'd attempt that would be to get a Telegizmos 365 cover meant for permanent outdoor scopes, but they're not cheap (http://www.telegizmos.com/365%20s...%202.htm).

It's also a heavy scope. The worst thing an amateur astronomer can do is get a scope too much of a hassle to setup so that after the novelty wears off it sits in a corner.

The upsides with this telescope are huge though. With 12 inches of aperture and good skies, planets (including Nepture, Uranus, Pluto), nebulae, galaxies, etc will be accessible. A go-to system is awesome especially if you don't know the skies. The price is great. You can upgrade with better eyepieces.

It's a lot of scope though. Make sure you aren't jumping in too deep at first. The forums at cloudynights.com are very helpful.

Clear skies!
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Like any decent telescope there will be a learning curve. The trickiest part of owning a dobsonian is when you have to collimate the mirror. I have no experience with this particular scope but it can be tricky at first. There's lots of assistance online though. The height of the eyepiece will probably require a ladder or step stool for your young ones to reach comfortably.

I would not leave this telescope outside permanently. The base is made of some kind of sealed wood, but wood nonetheless. The only way I'd attempt that would be to get a Telegizmos 365 cover meant for permanent outdoor scopes, but they're not cheap (http://www.telegizmos.com/365%20s...%202.htm).

It's also a heavy scope. The worst thing an amateur astronomer can do is get a scope too much of a hassle to setup so that after the novelty wears off it sits in a corner.

The upsides with this telescope are huge though. With 12 inches of aperture and good skies, planets (including Nepture, Uranus, Pluto), nebulae, galaxies, etc will be accessible. A go-to system is awesome especially if you don't know the skies. The price is great. You can upgrade with better eyepieces.

It's a lot of scope though. Make sure you aren't jumping in too deep at first. The forums at cloudynights.com are very helpful.

Clear skies!
Thanks very much for your feedback! By the way, Price was updated to $1509 earlier this morning.
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Because it is collapsible telescope, I store it inside a good storage shed on my patio. So, it has double protection. I also install the base on a dolly with four leveling leg. So, I can move out easily. It takes about 10 minutes to get ready.

However, 12 inch goto dob telescope is over killing for kids learning. 8 inch is already more than good enough? However, comparing the price of 8 inch $950, it is hard to resist this one, $2100 in most telescope store.

For this one, it is not only for planets, also for nebula , cluster. and more.
If you have reasonable size hatchback car, you can carry it to outside with two parts, 50 lbs each, less than 10 minutes to get ready.


Collimating is easy, if you buy a laser collimator. There is made in china laser collimator for $30. BTW, you can buy a motorcycle cover for extra protection, it is very cheap and good.
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I finally moved to a location where we have a balcony and the sky is clear and dark enough to appreciate the night sky. I am a novice with 2 young kids who want to see the planets and celestial bodies in our solar system. Is this easy enough for a novice and one that can grow with our family as our skills improve? Ok to leave outside?
Sorry I didn't get to this sooner; I think most everything I was going to say has already been mentioned.

I would definitely not leave this outside, even under a cover in a balcony, though possibly your climate would allow it. But if you could manage it, you wouldn't have to re-collimate the mirror often (although that's not such a big deal with a laser collimator).

For kids, remember that the eyepiece on a Dobsonian is at the top -- which can be fairly high up on this scope when it's pointing up.

For looking at bright objects like planets you really don't need a lot of aperture. I'd consider a good refractor.

A great accessory for astronomy with kids is a green laser pointer (but don't let the kids use it, and watch for airplanes).
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Here you go flat earthers! Look up and see for yourself the wonders of a round world.
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is the non goto a better buy. even at reg price $1150 still cheaper and lighter. less parts to deal with.
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Here you go flat earthers! Look up and see for yourself the wonders of a round world.
Will I go blind if I watch the sun with it
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Will I go blind if I watch the sun with it
Your comment was probably sarcastic, but without a filter, yes. You'll need a filter even for the moon.
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Sorry I didn't get to this sooner; I think most everything I was going to say has already been mentioned.

I would definitely not leave this outside, even under a cover in a balcony, though possibly your climate would allow it. But if you could manage it, you wouldn't have to re-collimate the mirror often (although that's not such a big deal with a laser collimator).

For kids, remember that the eyepiece on a Dobsonian is at the top -- which can be fairly high up on this scope when it's pointing up.

For looking at bright objects like planets you really don't need a lot of aperture. I'd consider a good refractor.

A great accessory for astronomy with kids is a green laser pointer (but don't let the kids use it, and watch for airplanes).
What does the laser pointer do? Surely you can't see it on the moon right?
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What does the laser pointer do? Surely you can't see it on the moon right?
No, but use it as a guide to point your scope. You can get a finder scope instead as well, it's essentially a binocular aligned with your telescope to use to find and point in the right area.
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What does the laser pointer do? Surely you can't see it on the moon right?
It gives the illusion of pointing up into infinity, so you can point out things to your kids as if the sky were a blackboard.
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I have the collapsible 10, and I'm very happy with it. There was no way I could have fit the 12 in the car.
I have a 14" dobsonian and it easily fits in my small mazda 3. Big scopes break down into small pieces.

I suppose the go to makes it less flexible though...
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