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#876 Peter9

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 07:56 AM

You must have a large letterbox. :grin:

Enjoy your new 8se Jack.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 10:03 AM

I love when the mail person leaves packages, bills not so much. Nice scope! Good luck with her.

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#878 jhirsch

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:27 PM

Up until recently I didn't have a picture of my 6SE that was much different than anyone else's. Well now I do. It was a bit cloudy here on the 26th but my youngest really wanted to take a look at the Moon & Jupiter. There was a bit of high level cloud cover but I was surprised at the detail that was available with Jupiter. Anyway. Here's the picture of my humble 6SE and my little observing buddy.

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#879 juand731112

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:51 PM

Just got a brand new Nexstar CGEM 800 Edge HD... tonight should be a clear sky to take this baby out.

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#880 jturie

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:41 PM

Jerry, nice pic. I see you chucked the red-dot and stuck on a Telrad. How's that working for you (seems to be almost as long as the OTA!)?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:45 AM

Jack
I absolutely love my Telrad. The biggest reason I have it on the 6se though is the fact that I bought the 6se used and the RDF didn't work. Even replaced the battery and still no luck. I had the Telrad from my previous set up so I thought what the heck. Gave it a try and... needless to say it ain't comin off anytime soon. It is about as long as the OTA but my boys think it looks cool...

#882 bindibadgi

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:52 AM

Brand new!

102SLT
13" dovetail
Rings (for the dovetail)
Electronic focuser
2" dielectric diagonal
8x50 RA finder (not new)
Hyperion 8-24 EP (not new)

I tried to give you some idea of the weather it caused. It has been crystal clear for ages now, but today it was 104 deg F (40 Celcius) and the storms have rolled in. I should apply for a grant from the government to buy scopes and put an end to the drought!

I swear, they predicted for no rain at all!!

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#883 spiphoto

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

Fantastic!! Do you try photography with this?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

Hey guys. I finally got a few pics of my setup. I have had her for about a month now and am absolutely hooked!

WO 2" Diagonal, JMI motofocus, I am looking into possibly upgrading my finder, but I actually like the red dot. Seems like it would be a little more difficult to point the scope at a alignment star with a RACI, i could be wrong though. I will also be putting in an order for the wing thing bracket for the handcontrol. Thanks for looking!

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#885 spiphoto

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

Nice....did you find much difference with the WO diagonal? I have been toying with the idea of the JMI focuser...what is your take on it. Nice scope....enjoy

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:16 PM

Nice....did you find much difference with the WO diagonal? I have been toying with the idea of the JMI focuser...what is your take on it. Nice scope....enjoy


The reason why I went with a 2" diagonal is so I could use the wide angle 2" eyepieces. Honestly, I chose the WO because I liked the way it looked, I doubt there is much difference optically to some of the other diagonals out there. I really like the focuser, I used the scope a few nights when I first got it without it and felt the shakiness annoying but manageable, the focuser really helps with high power planetary viewing IMO.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 02:59 PM

Nice looking rig! I got the WO 2" diagonal for the same reason. Love the way it looks! :cool:

Nothing wrong with the red dot finder if you don't find it uncomfortable. Most of us move to a RACI or GLP just because we don't like contorting our old backs into the position needed to look through it! :gramps:

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:16 PM

Nice looking rig! I got the WO 2" diagonal for the same reason. Love the way it looks! :cool:

Nothing wrong with the red dot finder if you don't find it uncomfortable. Most of us move to a RACI or GLP just because we don't like contorting our old backs into the position needed to look through it! :gramps:

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but isn't it harder to get the scope in the right direction with a RACI? With the red dot, sure I have to bend down, but i can make a strait line with my vision to the star from the red dot. With the RACI, you are not looking straight up at the sky, is it harder to get to where you want to be?

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:32 PM

If you're using it for starhopping, then a straight through finder, or a unity finder like a red dot or Telrad works best. But I find that with the 8SE, I only use the finder briefly during alignment. And even for that, the scope gets me in the vicinity so I really don't have to move very far. For that kind of use, it doesn't seem like a problem to not be looking at the sky.

What I DO find is a bit of a problem is the magnification of my 9x50 finder. To line it up, even initially, with a star like Polaris, I have to sight along the outside of the barrel to get it close enough to see the star in the magnified view. If I just had the RACI alone, I'd probably opt for a lower mag finder like a 6x30 because it shows a wider view. But I use both a GLP and a RACI. The GLP gets me close really quickly, and the 9x50 zeroes it in. An neither one requires that I get in an awkward position.

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#890 donnie3

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:39 AM

red dot, red dot, red dot!!!!!! i have a bunch of finder scopes in a box collecting dust. if you wont to upgrade buy orions ez finder deluxe reflex sight, its built like a tank and has 7 different brightness levels and different patterns. on sale for $ 55.99. donnie

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:00 AM

That finder is what I refer to as a Multi-reticle finder (MRF).

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and here it is om my scope:

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Mine didn't cost me £79.95 either (as a UK based supplier is charging).

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:14 AM

Last question on this since I don't want to derail this thread to much, but is that multi reticle finder a direct fit with the 8se? Meaning I can use existing screws, or are you guys using double sided tape?

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

Nope, I didn't want to trust double-sided tape to hold the finder's shoe in place.

I removed the rear cell - documented here, drilling and then tapping holes in the aluminium casting of the rear cell.

The shoe for the multi-reticle finder should fit in place of the standard RDF as it only has a single machine screw (as can be seen in post #2982975 of the above thread), but I was also fitting a 9x50 RACI finder which you can see on the right-hand side of the rear cell behind the orange OTA and the slots for the screws wouldn't mate up with Celestron's existing holes in the rear cell.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

That ES24 really completes that package. I wish I woulda bought one when they were on sale.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:21 AM

Here is my stock 6SE. Summer rains are in full swing so I am waiting for clear skies for its first light.

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#896 spiphoto

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:22 PM

Yep...thats a nice scope for sure. What the heck is rain...its -10 windchill here.....

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:04 PM

Latest iteration with an Antares 80mm finder added. Surprisingly still tracks fine.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:05 PM

another view

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

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#900 spiphoto

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:55 PM

Really nice. What is your diagonal? Tell what you use the 2 refractors for.






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