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Stargazing Zhumell Z12 vs Meade Light Bridge 10

  1. Jan 1, 2013 #1
    Hey guys! I am interested in buying another telescope and was wondering if any of you had any advice about either of the two i'm split between. It seems to simply come down to a quality? vs aperture argument. The first scope is a Zhumell Z12 with a 12 inch aperture seen here... http://www.telescopes.com/telescopes/dobsonian-telescopes/zhumellz12deluxedobsonianreflectortelescope.cfm or a smaller but from what I have read online (hence the apprehension) a more quality scope in the Meade Light Bridge 10 inch dob shown here... http://www.telescopes.com/telescopes/dobsonian-telescopes/meadelightbridge10inchtrusstubedobsoniandeluxe2.cfm
    Any and all advice on which would be the better choice as a 2nd telescope would be greatly appreciated. Cheers!

    -Jack
     
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  3. Jan 1, 2013 #2

    chemisttree

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    That telescope would be very similar to what you already have. What bump in quality do you seek? If you are mainly concerned with the optical quality, I would consider replacing the diagonal with [/PLAIN] [Broken] this one. If the focuser isn't up to snuff.... replace it too! Maybe have the main mirror refigured and recoated eventually?
     
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  4. Jan 2, 2013 #3

    davenn

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    not really

    the scope he bought some time ago was a 90mm (f10) refractor
    I had to go searching through this thread to discover for myself lol


    Both these 2 scopes being decided between will make awesome "light buckets" :)
    10 - 12 inch at ~ f5 or so will be quite fast optics compared to the refractor and
    nebulae etc will appear so much brighter

    CowedbyWisdom .... I can assume by your trend in choices of scopes that you are not really interested in goto ability or motorised tracking for astrophotography use ?

    either of these 2 dobo's will make great viewing of the skies .... see if you can find some independant/unbiased reviews of both of them .... ie. not reviews that may be posted on the sales page sites

    I own a 10inch f5 dobo, solid not truss tube, if you got the truss tube one, you would need the shroud to wrap around it to keep ambient light out
    I also own a Celestron C9.25, 9.25inch f10,
    each has its uses the f5 is a light bucket, but lower magnification
    fast optics like f5's can suffer from a little spherical and chromatic aboration but this is normally only visible around the outter edges of the field of view and under higher magnifications. They are great for wider field objects, globular and open clusters, diffuse nebulae etc

    The f10 scope offers much higher useable magnification and get great for small bright objects
    planetary nebulae, galaxies, planets etc

    Both those scopes say max useable mag of ~ 500x. I suspect that would be really pushing it and a bit of sales hype, In practice I would suggest that ~ 200 - 300x would be closer to the truth before the aborations spoken of earlier become quite obvious
    Thats from personal experience with several fast scopes over the years

    Dave
     
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  5. Jan 2, 2013 #4

    chemisttree

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    DOH! I even chimed in on that one!
     
  6. Jan 2, 2013 #5

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    Dave, other than the obvious effect the focal length has on magnification and eyepiece choice, why would the faster scope give brighter views? Or is that all you meant?
     
  7. Jan 2, 2013 #6

    davenn

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    for the same reason a low f stop gives more light through a camera lens

    f2 more light ( brighter image) than f5, than f10 than f22 etc

    this is a function of the mirror, lens itself

    this really becomes a benefit when doing astro photography cuz for a f5 you dont need to do the same much longer exposure time that you would need to do with a f10


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  8. Jan 2, 2013 #7

    Drakkith

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    For AP sure, but for visual use, if the magnification through the eyepiece is the same between two scopes, nothing is different, correct?
     
  9. Jan 2, 2013 #8

    davenn

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    personal experience tells me that I can see a difference, say M42, the Orion Nebula

    maybe will have to have both scopes outside together again one nite
    just to confirm or deny my long held beliefs haha


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  10. Jan 2, 2013 #9

    davenn

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    I think part of the thing is... even at the same magnification,
    the f5 system is going to give a wider FOV which even on its own
    is letting more light through

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  11. Jan 2, 2013 #10

    Drakkith

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    That doesn't make sense to me man. At the same magnification the object should appear exactly the same brightness in both scopes. The difference in FOV would only be because of the eyepiece design. And I'm not sure what additional light you are referring to. An F/4 newt and an F/8 newt with equal objectives have exactly the same light gathering ability. You just need to use different eyepieces to get the same magnification on each one.
     
  12. Jan 2, 2013 #11
    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    Thanks for the response. To answer your question, I don't find the goto scopes necessary or fun. I like doing my own star finding and am not interested in astrophotography. Since I doubt there is anyway to upgrade my little refractor to make it up to snuff with a 10 or 12 inch dob (?) I felt might as well get a bigger scope. I'm also considering getting a Smith Cassegrain of some sort any suggestions are welcome. My budget is 700 dollars or less. I will be using the scope for looking at mainly the planets and galaxies.
     
  13. Jan 2, 2013 #12

    davenn

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    Re: Planning to buy a first telescope?

    You mite get a new 6" schmitt-cass for up to that price, maybe an 8" but I doubt it
    have a good look through scope sales sites, a non-goto 8" may well be affordable
    you should/mite be able to get a good respectable condition second hand one for ~$700

    my 9.25" goto schmitt-cass was $3300
    My 10" dobo was $600

    look, if you are not worried about astrophotography, just stick with a good decent sized dobo
    either of those 2 above would do you well for a few years, till "aperture fever" starts to bite hard ;) haha

    cheers
    Dave
     
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