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Here is a link to some very good tutorial info about the different type of scopes and their advanatages and disadvantages:

I was about to ask for some replies again, and the appropriately named Messier101 comes through!

Thanks for the link, I'll definitely poke around the site. I suppose at this point I'm trying to decide between the two 8-inchers at the bottom of this page:

I'm leaning heavily toward the $529.00 Orion SkyView Deluxe 8 EQ Reflector, because it's more portable, and I'll be able to do some photography through it.

My main questions would involve any advantages/disadvantages of such a "fast" scope (f/4). But for the money, I've not seen anything comparable. (Also, I don't want a GoTo scope at this point... I'd rather learn the sky.)

Jim, do you or you wife have any thoughts?

Thanks again,

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