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Celestron C150-HD Vs. Orion SkyView Deluxe 6" EQ - PLEASE HELP!

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Posted by Tim Story/">Tim Story on January 6, 2000 02:36:55 UTC

I am brand new to astronomy and am looking at getting a telescope (however, it will probably be a month or so because I am saving up for it). I am getting ready to purchase some Orion UltraView 10x50 WA Binoculars (because everything I've read has said to have a good pair of them and to buy them first) and I thought I knew which telescope I wanted. I have been reading, etc. about the Celestron C150-HD and it seems to be a good scope (I'm reading most stuff because I really don't know anyone who is into Astronomy), but After looking through Orion's website I found the SkyView Deluxe 6" which also looks good. They are both priced about the same so that isn't a real issue. The Orion seems to come with more stuff - 2 plossl eyepieces, moon filter and polar alignment scope. The Celeston comes with 1 plossl eyepiece. Both have a one year warranty. The differences in numbers I can see is the Orion has a parabolic primary (750mm focal length, f/5), and the Celestron has a focal length of 1000mm and a focal ratio of f/7. I don't know if it's spherical or parabolic (and does it really matter?). Any advice/experience would be greatly appreciated. I want to really make a good choice so I enjoy star gazing when I buy one. Also, if anyone knows of another brand/model that is comparable (and under $600 or so) I would like to know about it too. I know this is long...please forgive me. Thanks.

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