Im planning to buy a dobsonian in the near future, but wondering which is safer to go with
Orion 8" or Zhumell. The Zhumell looks like its constructed well, and with all
the extra's makes me wonder if they put a lesser quality mirror or something. So is the higher price
difference, without the extra's on the Orion, just because of the name?
Thanks for the advice... What do you think about the collimator springs with Zhumell. Some of the discussions
are that there not hefty enough?
I personally own the Z8 dob and I love it! I have never had a bad experience with zhumell. I did replace the primary mirror springs with heavy duty springs and they work great. I rarely have to re-collimate now.
Also the lazer collimator works well and is a breeze to use...
I own a Z8 and I am very happy with it. I have had it for over a year and it works great. I need to collimate it every two uses but it is not hard to do. I found a "how to collimate the Z" on youtube that helped me. I also purchased the Telrad and a set of lenses from Telescope.com and they to do the job.
I love my Z12, get one. You will love it!
Ira, which way did you decide to go on your purchase of a telescope. I own the Zhumell Z12 dob. I have a Telrad finderscope attached. I am replacing all of my different eyepieces with TeleVue Nagler eyepieces, 5mm,7mm,17mm & the 31mm as I can. For the Z12, 5mm (300X) is the highest magnification you will want to use with the scope. As per Al Nagler) I have the 9mm and 12mm presently. The Zhumell 30mm widefield is quite adequate for use and I like it, but I will eventually upgrade to the Nagler 31mm. I will be adding a counterweight system to the scope in the next week or two. I use my 12 inch for Astronomy Club public outreaches, two to three times monthly and at home. While the 12 inch is not a portable scope, I have built a case for it and haul it in my pickup to the different sites. I also have built a 28 inch wooden platform out of red oak for the scope to set on when it is being used on grass areas or uneven ground. During 2010 over 650 individuals, (Adults and children) observed at 8 public outreaches. One of the key reasons that Zhumell can sell their equipment at such great prices is that their distributor purchases is very large quantities. This keeps the cost down. I will continue to purchase from Hayneedle for my future telescope needs.