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8" EQ's - Celestron Vs. Apogee

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Posted by Rich Peters/">Rich Peters on January 22, 2000 04:31:12 UTC

I'm looking @ a Celestron G-8n (f/10)for $699.00 vs. an Apogee 8" Newt.(f/4)with motor drive and hand controller for $100.00 less. Why? Being new to all this, I would assume it has something to with the focal ratio, or is the Apogee just poor quality? Could someone explain to me in simple terms what focal length is, and it's importance when comparing scopes? Thanks!

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