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6" Dobs Or 4.5" EQ Mount??

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Posted by Nancy on May 5, 2001 18:12:12 UTC

I am new to astronomy and have read quite a bit about buying a first telescope. I know now that quality optics are more important than features, therefore am not looking at any model with GoTo or similar. I have read varying opinions about mounts. My question is: For a beginner, which is preferable 6" Dobsonian reflector or 4.5" EQ on a German mount? Both have either a f/8 or f/9.
The scope will be used on varying terrain including at altitude in the Rockies - if that is of consideration. Thank you kindly for any input.

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