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#1 Doug76

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Posted 26 August 2008 - 11:04 PM

Why the heck Celestron doesn't sell these as a separate item is beyond me. They could make a killing on them. I managed to get a used larger one (6SE/8SE) for a good price (thanks again Fred1). It's just a wee bit big to haul in the truck. If I found the smaller one (4SE/5SE) I'd probably jump all over it if the price was right. Seems like it would be perfect for a grab'n'go such as I require for the truck.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 08:23 AM

I agree. I found a used one after I got my little C6 and bought it -- then discovered it also came with another OTA. :shocked:

So now I've got a pair of little Celestron cats running around the house (one orange, one black) to go along with all my other cats - furry, aluminum, and carbon fiber. :cool:

If I had the smaller mount, I would be happy to swap.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 09:28 AM

I managed to get a used larger one (6SE/8SE) for a good price (thanks again Fred1). Doug


You're welcome, Doug76. I'm glad you're enjoying it. It seems the mount is getting to see quite a bit of the country, too. I agree the SE mount should be available separately just as Celestron sells stand alone OTAs. Nothing wrong with mixing and matching.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:28 AM

Teleskop Service (Germany) offers the mounts separately, also several accessories I have not seen over here ... LINK

Sorry if your German isn't up to snuff. Translated pages are available on the web site. ;)

It looks like they're all for getting the most out of your equipment ... :bow:

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 03:36 PM

I have one in the shop & swap that price is negotiable on or that I would trade for an ota

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:06 PM

I have one in the shop & swap that price is negotiable on or that I would trade for an ota


I spotted your ad over on Amart and sent Doug a PM. Hope he contacts you.

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:28 PM

I have one in the shop & swap that price is negotiable on or that I would trade for an ota


I did indeed get RAKing's message, and did send you a message on AM. I would prefer to deal through here, though. I like CN so much better.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:43 PM

I managed to get a used larger one (6SE/8SE) for a good price (thanks again Fred1). Doug


You're welcome, Doug76. I'm glad you're enjoying it. It seems the mount is getting to see quite a bit of the country, too. I agree the SE mount should be available separately just as Celestron sells stand alone OTAs. Nothing wrong with mixing and matching.


Actually Fred, that mount I got from you stays at home. My Dad likes using it on occasion.
On the road I have been using an AT66ED with the Orion Teletrack mount. But I am donating that rig to a good friend and his son, and I am going to replace the scope with an AT80EDT in the original white/gunmetal aluminum body version which Astronomics says they will be offering again in a few weeks. I want the smaller version of the SE mount for that. I think it will be a perfect combo.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:44 PM

I have one in the shop & swap that price is negotiable on or that I would trade for an ota


I spotted your ad over on Amart and sent Doug a PM. Hope he contacts you.

Take care,

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I did sir, and I thank you very much.
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Posted 27 August 2008 - 04:52 PM

On the road I have been using an AT66ED with the Orion Teletrack mount. But I am donating that rig to a good friend and his son, and I am going to replace the scope with an AT80EDT in the original white/gunmetal aluminum body version which Astronomics says they will be offering again in a few weeks. I want the smaller SE mount for that. I think it will be a perfect combo.


Doug,

I used the NexStar SE mount with my AT80EDT and it is a great combination. I predict you will be very happy with that setup. :cool: :cool:

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 08:53 PM

I figured as much, but it's nice to get confirmation. No balance problems or issues with the EP/Diagonal hitting the base?

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 10:22 PM

It would appear that I now own, but not yet possess, the smaller version of the SE mount. Thanks to Mr. wbrogdo1. :D
Now if the dang hurricane will just fade away. Ain't looking to good for my home state, again! :tonofbricks:
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 01:00 AM

Teleskop Service (Germany) offers the mounts separately, also several accessories I have not seen over here ... LINK

Sorry if your German isn't up to snuff. Translated pages are available on the web site. ;)

It looks like they're all for getting the most out of your equipment ... :bow:


Thanks for the link. It appears the smaller mount is called the SE1, and the larger SE2. Nice to know the designation. Even nicer to know I now own one of each. Can't wait to see the new one.
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:04 PM

Woohoo, it's on the way! Now if Astronomics will just get those original type AT80EDT's in..... :praying:
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 06:21 PM

I figured as much, but it's nice to get confirmation. No balance problems or issues with the EP/Diagonal hitting the base?


No balance issues - but it's tight clearance with a 2 inch diagonal. I set it up so I had 1/16" clearance when the scope was focused - but I always watched carefully if I slewed to anything near zenith.

One caveat: my mount is the bigger mount for the SE6 and SE8. Please double check the fork arm length on the smaller mount to be sure.

Glad you got your mount. Hope you get your scope soon. :D

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 11:09 PM

Well, now I have both versions of the SE mount, so I can make the comparison. I'll try it out with the AT66ED before I send it off to my friend and his son.
And I'll likely stay with a 1.25" diagonal on the AT80EDT. My finder EP will be the Televue 32mm Plossl. That will provide nearly 3deg FoV, which should be enough.
Wish this computer had a degree symbol key on it.

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 12:11 AM

Teleskop Service (Germany) offers the mounts separately, also several accessories I have not seen over here ... LINK

Sorry if your German isn't up to snuff. Translated pages are available on the web site. ;)

It looks like they're all for getting the most out of your equipment ... :bow:


It's amazing how much of a language you can forget over such a short period of time. I gotta get back up to speed on my german!

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 09:35 AM

Use your alt key in combination with the number 167
and you will have a degree key

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 01:35 PM

OK, I'm trying that now. 90
Nope, didn't work.

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 01:36 PM

90º

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 01:38 PM

Hold down the alt key. Then while holding the alt key down enter the number 167 and then let the alt key go.

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 02:39 PM

Most of us just use the asterisk: 90*

That alt 167 combo didn't work on my keyboard, either.

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 03:31 PM

ok, was hoping it would help :)

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 06:17 PM

Ok, I will try it that way. 90 Nope. Guess I'll try this. 90* Ah, that works. OK then, 90*00'00" Okay, that looks serviceable. Thanks.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 08:36 PM

I have a chance to buy a Celestron 4SE scope locally with its mount of course. I have a SV 102ed. Is it too big to go on that type of mount. Can I take the mount off and put it on my tripod? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.






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