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Stargazing Huge difference between a 6 dobsonian and a 10 ?

  1. Apr 26, 2011 #1
    huge difference between a 6" dobsonian and a 10"?

    Would one notice a huge difference between a 6" dobsonian and a 10"? I've used a 6" and liked it and have about 500 for a new 'scope. The 10" from Orion is about that much. But of course if there isn't a massive difference, I could get a smaller one with an optics kit. Or in the range of 500 is there something better than a dobsonian? I am fine without the tracking systems. I'd honestly almost rather a manual one. Which would be better - a 10" and the lens it comes with or a 6" with an optics kit?
     
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  3. Apr 26, 2011 #2

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    Well, the 10" gathers almost three times more light, so you can see significantly dimmer objects.
     
  4. Apr 26, 2011 #3
    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    If you're in light polluted areas, you want to get as big of a light bucket as you can get.

    My next upgrade is probably going to be one of those easy to disassemble 16 inch dobsonians with a really nice eyepiece.

    But if you ever get a chance, go to some place like Flagstaff when the weather is clear and there's no moon. I had that opportunity and it was one of the best experiences I had. Even without the scope I could spot some pretty awesome things and the milky way... Holy ****... My eyes water every time I think about what the sky looked like that night.
     
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