etx-80 or Orion Starseeker 80
With that said, I've narrowed my search down to the following scopes:
Meade ETX-80 and the Orion Starseeker 80. (They appear to use the same OTA).
How do these two scopes compare? Both meet my minimum requirements...wide field of view, ultra portable, goto mounts, cheap (will not get too upset if broken when traveling). As I see it, the ETX has the advantage of nicer included eyepieces, more accessories and a large user support base. The Orion seems to have the nicer goto control.
What I would like to know...which tube has better optics or are they about the same (my guess...). Which scope has the better focuser. I've read of quite a few people having difficulty with the awkwardness of the ETX focusing...the Orion appears to use rack and pinion which I personally would find easier to use.
Finally, how are the stock mounts on the two scopes...which one offers greater stability?
Thanks for the advice,
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