Popular Beginner Scopes - Zhumell 8" Dob vs. Meade ETX-125PE UHTC
6 January 2010
Excerpt: I have been an avid pursuer of astronomy for about 8 years, starting with an ETX-90RA which quickly got me hooked and I moved to a 10” Dob. Since then, I have owned 10 or 12 scopes consisting of almost everything in between, always trading up and down and sideways to find that perfect scope for me. Despite all the knowledge I have picked up, I still consider myself a beginner. I currently reside in suburban Denver, where you really never know what the skies will be like.
Excerpt: This was a scope I never planned on getting. Being an amateur astronomer with a bit over 25 years experience, even with a relatively light pocketbook for most of those years, I’d accumulated a variety of telescopes over the years that fit various niches: my main, “serious” instrument, a C9.25 SCT on a the ASGT go-to mount, a grab-and-go ETX 90 RA, a 6” f/10 Newt whose optics I’ve had for about 25 years that’s in the process of being resurrected, and a couple other small...