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#901 bcuddihee

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:38 PM

The diagonal is a Williams Optic dielectric with an active cooling fan installed,,,see the intake vents at the front of the OTA. The 80mm finder gives me the ability to see larger clusters and browse star-fields along with the ability to find fainter DSO'S than the 50mm finder allows. The wide angle views complement the sct beautifully.
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#902 Tim J K

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

Very nice setup! I like the idea of the active cooling and the 80mm finder.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:08 PM

thanks fantastic....never heard of cooling fan for the diagonal....serious stuff for sure.....anyway its a beautiful set up for certain. I have been considering the feathertouch for my 8se..just wondering what you think of it maybe compared to motorfocus

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 08:02 PM

never had a motofocus, but the feather-touch works great. One less motorized item as well. The item that contributed most to focusing and image stability was the heavy duty tripod. Well worth the investment.

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

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


That's a really nice setup you have there.
It really shows the possibilities of how far you can push the basic 8SE.

Could you please post a close-up image and/or explanation of how you've attached the 50mm finder to the inboard side.
It looks good there and I like how it moves some weight to the other side of the arm.

Cheers
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:47 AM

I simply used two cable ties. works like a charm.

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#907 Arctic_Eddie

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:26 PM

Here's a nice device from ADM, a saddle block. It attaches to the rail and can be used for small scopes and cameras. It also helps the balance situation and puts the extra weight to the left of the AL bearing.

http://admaccessorie...ail_Adapter.htm

#908 Ed Fortier

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:51 PM

My Nexstar has been sitting in my office since last summer, which is why I haven't posted in a long time. (I love the scope but I really hate the cold.) I read the forum daily and am still very thankful to everyone who tried to help with the scope's retrograde slewing problem last year. In the end, a new mount was the solution. But it's still February and another snowstorm is on the way. Summer seems a long way off.

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#909 Ed Fortier

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:58 PM

My new William Optics 2" diagonal arrived yesterday, so now the Nexstar can wait for warm weather with a little more pride in its tilt.

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#910 mikereg

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:30 PM

my nexstar 5i SE

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:34 PM

After my last observing session, with Skywire.
I stopped after 3 hours because of a backlash problem I need to fix in altitude.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:11 AM

nice...what is that little gizmo on the tripod tray?

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 06:12 AM

Cool setup......I like the stars on the dew shield. Hope you have good viewing

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:56 AM

Thanks. On the tripod you can see the Skywire, connected on an iPhone or iPod (I use both) that is hidden behind the arm.

#915 Seiko4169

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:45 PM

Here is my trusty Nexstar 5i

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#916 Seiko4169

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:47 PM

Here is a Nexstar Edge HD

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#917 Seiko4169

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:48 PM

Last one showing size between the 2

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#918 CelestronDaddy

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:23 AM

Nice ones! :grin: Those should get the job done, g....

#919 Ed Fortier

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:28 PM

When I retired about ten years ago I bought a Nexstar 5i. I subsequently had it Supercharged by Dr. Sherrod following a collimation debacle. It was an outstanding scope -- great optics and dead-on go-to. I only sold it because I couldn't resist getting the 8SE. I often wish I hadn't -- the 5i was a keeper even if I had no reason to keep it.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:47 PM

Ed,

I currently have a 6SE OTA and C8 Ultima OTA. My 6 is so perfect and clear and my 8 is not so clear and perfect. The guy I bought the 8 from said it needed to be collimated. I have not collimated a SCT before so I am sort of procrastinating. I am hoping to find a simple way to collimate it. But anyway I am holding on to this 6SE until I make sure the 8 is worth keeping. Also this is my second C8 / 8SE and the first one had similar views even when cooled down.

When I retired about ten years ago I bought a Nexstar 5i. I subsequently had it Supercharged by Dr. Sherrod following a collimation debacle. It was an outstanding scope -- great optics and dead-on go-to. I only sold it because I couldn't resist getting the 8SE. I often wish I hadn't -- the 5i was a keeper even if I had no reason to keep it.



#921 Seiko4169

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:52 PM

When I retired about ten years ago I bought a Nexstar 5i. I subsequently had it Supercharged by Dr. Sherrod following a collimation debacle. It was an outstanding scope -- great optics and dead-on go-to. I only sold it because I couldn't resist getting the 8SE. I often wish I hadn't -- the 5i was a keeper even if I had no reason to keep it.


Yes I like mine as it is a genuine grab and go. I wish I could get it supercharged as I'd love to know how far it could be pushed.

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#922 CelestronDaddy

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 02:28 PM

Ed, those 8SE's are nice .... Tony

#923 Ed Fortier

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 06:51 PM


Yes, that first collimation is nerve-wracking for most of us. I'm still dreading it though everyone insists there's nothing to fear. (Of course, not everyone is as ham-handed as I am when delicacy is required.) So I know where you're coming from.

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:40 PM

Yes, that first collimation is nerve-wracking for most of us. I'm still dreading it though everyone insists there's nothing to fear. (Of course, not everyone is as ham-handed as I am when delicacy is required.) So I know where you're coming from.


Just did my first tonight. I only had a 9mm in the eyepiece so still some high power tuning to do but it went well. Ordered Bobs Knobs though as playing with a screw driver so close to that expensive corrector is a nonsense! Surely it would cost Celestron a few pennies to use something better than a phillips screw?

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 07:02 PM

Here is a picture of my 6 SE on a Nexstar GT Mount with a Davis & Sanford ST600 Astro 600 Tripod. I have also used it on my CG-5 mount and tripod.

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