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1st Time Buyer - SS6" Dob, Meade DS, ETX, Other?

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Posted by Harold Paul/">Harold Paul on August 28, 1999 16:06:11 UTC

I am interested in purchasing my first scope. Have been considering the following:

1) Stargazer Steve's 6" Dob kit was my first choice as a learning experience for myself and son although it seems expensive considering whats available. Manual tracking seen as a disadvantage as well.. 2) Meade DS 5" Reflector w/ Autostar. Recently reviewed in S&T. Autostar feature seen as a benefit if optics are high quality. 3) Meade ETX 125 w/ Autostar. This would be at the high end of my price range.

The ease of use and auto tracking features of the Meades is appealing. Autostar seems like a nice feature. I am interested in general viewing, mostly to learn the sky and deep space.

Currently leaning towards the DS bases on price/features.

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