New Member/Scope Question

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  • Member since
    January, 2014
New Member/Scope Question
Posted by FenixRizn on Friday, January 17, 2014 7:43 PM

Good evening everyone, Shawn from GA.  I'm new to the forums and a newbie in the hobby.  I've been at Skywatching for about a year and i think I'm ready to upgrade my arsenal.  I'm currently using a cheap Celestron Powerseeker 70AZ which to this point has served me well for planetary viewing.  I'm looking into three scopes: Apertura AD10, Orion XT10, and the Zhumell Z10 Dobsonians.  I was hoping for some input as to the most reputable company of the three and if there were any distinct advantages of one over the other.  I have upgraded my eye pieces to the Celstron X-Cel LX series which definitely made planetary viewing better with my scope but I'd like to get into the Nebulas and such.  I've yet to catch Neptune in my scope, hoping that more light gathering will help scratch it off the list.  I know this is not the correct place for this sort of thing, so appologies in advance.  Thank you all, and i look for to chatting with you all.  

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Posted by DaveMitsky on Friday, January 17, 2014 11:51 PM

Welcome to the forums.  Those are all good choices and are probably almost equivalent optically.  However, the accessories provided and mechanical features favor the Zhumell and Apertura models.  Orion is by far the biggest vendor and has a reputation for good customer service.

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

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    March, 2008
Posted by Antitax on Saturday, January 18, 2014 4:17 AM

   Zhumell and Apertura are different stickers on the same box, both are made by GSO. My 12" GSO is great, I only had to lube it right. Candle wax on the base's teflon pads, and two silicon-greased old CD's in the central pivot. A film of silicon grease on the other axle, that's all. You might have to attach little counterweights to the rear cell if you have heavy 2" eyepieces.

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  • Member since
    January, 2014
Posted by FenixRizn on Saturday, January 18, 2014 6:46 AM

Thanks to the both of you,the info is much appreciated.  I think I'm leaning towards the Apertura as they offer an upgrade package and free shipping to boot.  I may even go for broke and just jump to the 12 inch for good measure.  Thanks again.

  • Member since
    March, 2009
Posted by pastorg on Saturday, January 18, 2014 6:40 PM

I've had the Z12 dob for approx. 4 years and I find it to be a very decent scope for the price.  I did upgrade to stiffer springs for the primary mirror cell from ScopeStuff and added a Telrad on a 4 inch riser bracket.  


Zhumell Z12 Dob, Celestron Omni XLT 102mm refractor on CG-4 Mount,  Meade AZ70 refractor, Celestron Ultima 2X Barlow 1.25, Telrad with 4 3/8 Riser, Zhumell Skyglow Filter, Zhumell OIII Filter, Baader UHC-S Filter, Meade ND96 Moon Filter, Baader Planetarium Hyperion 21mm, 13mm, 8mm and 5mm eyepieces, Meade 9mm and 25mm Plossls, Zhumell 9mm Plossl and 2 inch 30mm SWA,  6mm Orion Expanse and Pentax 10 x 50 PCF WP ll Binos

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