Posted By David Simons
[COLOR="Blue"][SIZE="Small"]Standing in my driveway on good nights, M33 is a naked eye object. These new conditions triggered an amazingly time consuming trial of many scopes in search of an ideal combination that fit my budget. It was fun to try all that equipment though.[/SIZE][/COLOR]
M33 Naked eye !! ??
Go for the aperture ! Deep sky is now your calling. 12" minimum ! The cheap 12" imports will get you very far down the road. If your adventurous and handy with fixing scopes, the Meade 16" dob is an amazing deal. These scopes need some tuning up, but they really deliver the goods. There were a bunch of these at RTMC a few years ago, and the couple that I looked through gave sharp low power views. Some were only modified with new focusers and squeeked a little in azimuth, but really gave >deep< sky views. Yes I looked through the 20+ inch scopes there as well, but for the $$ the Meade could not be touched. Chances are you won't be needing a ladder either.