I live in a light polluted suburb what telescope/accessories

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nexius

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I live in a suburb with a fair amount of light pollution being I live in a development. I will try to take observing place away from my area in the moutains behind me so light shouldnt be a real big problem. I am trying to figure which of these two telescopes is better for me. <br /><br />http://www.telescope.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=387&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=4&iSubCat=13&iProductID=387 <br /><br />or <br /><br />http://www.telescope.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=241007&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=4&iSubCat=9&iProductID=241007 <br /><br />The dobsonian mount will probably see farther than the refractor but what is your guys opinions? <br />
 
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tfwthom

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It's the aperture not the mount. And farther means nothing.<br /><br />It goes back to where your interest lies, if it's the Moon and planets the refractor is the better scope, (if those are the only things you are going to see anyway) if it's deep sky (cluster, etc) it's the 8" dob.<br /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <font size="1" color="#3366ff">www.siriuslookers.org</font> </div>
 
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nexius

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Thanks after looking into astrophotography i noticed you cant use dobs but to buy a cheap non-apo refractor and try to do astrophotography with it is worthless especially if the mount isnt an astro-physics -_-. I think im leaning towards the dob =)
 
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nexium

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Since light polution is a problem, consider CCD = charge coupled display. Turn up the contrast and you can see stars even at sunset. The downside is some nonexisting stars ect appear at very high contrast. The CCD technology also doubles (or more) the effective mirror size and makes recording on CDs = compact disks etc easy. Neil
 
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nevers

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Get the dob and forget about serious astrophotography (unless you have lots and lots of money) - trust me.
 
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