Excerpt: Hello, I'm Luca Rescigno. I've owned my Orion 8" dob for about a year and a half now, but I still haven't gotten around to reviewing it. So I suppose now I'll pretty much summarize my thoughts on this scope. It's my first scope, and I haven't REALLY looked through others (quick glances, but not enough to make a judgement). So here it is. I live in the far suburbs, about ten miles from Stillwater, Minnesota. My skies aren't the best, but they're better than many places.
Excerpt: Being a relative newcomer to astronomy, I decided to begin my foray into this new hobby slowly. I started my viewing with a pair of 7x35 binoculars. I was amazed by what I was able to see with them. Of course, this instilled the desire to obtain a telescope. Having a modest budget for this new hobby, I decided that the best course of action would be to conduct intensive research before making a purchase decision.