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#1 bluenote

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:16 PM

Hi ...Decided to get either a Celestron 5SE or 6SE. Any advice as to which one might be the better buy? Thanks (this will be my first scope)

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

Personally, an extra inch of aperture is definitely worth less thn $100 in cost. Welcome to CN!

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:24 PM

I had a 5se which was a nice scope. I outgrew it pretty quick, but it was a very nice scope. The mount is a little weak. I could sometimes tell it didn't like the weight I was throwing at it, so I'd probably go with the 6. You could sell the ota and buy an 8" ota later and use it on the same mount.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:25 PM

+1.
Do the math- that extra inch is a lot more light for only $100 more and not really paying for any more shipping (if you're ordering it). It's like getting an additional high-quality goto for only one Benjamin.

P.S. Refer to other posts and threads commenting on how easy we find it to spend other people's money and we hardly ever encourage people to go smaller.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 10:50 PM

You not only get an other inch of aperture, you also get a better mount. I got the 8SE, but I don't use the 8" on it any more. The biggest scope I use on it is a C6 and I also use it for some of my smaller refractors. The 6" is a much better scope for the larger SE mount to handle. The 6SE is a great scope and definitely worth the extra bucks over the 5SE.

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:18 PM

P.S. Refer to other posts and threads commenting on how easy we find it to spend other people's money and we hardly ever encourage people to go smaller.

But.. It's nothing we wouldn't and don't do with our own money. So it's still good advise :help:

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 12:49 AM

Agreed.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 05:29 AM

Hi ...Decided to get either a Celestron 5SE or 6SE. Any advice as to which one might be the better buy?


The 6SE is priced to make it the obvious choice on the cost/performance curve. The main advantage of the 5SE would be if you want or need something really compact and lightweight -- for instance, for airline travel. For most purposes, the 6SE is plenty portable.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 09:28 AM

The 5se does have a built in wedge in the mount, but I think in general the 5se mount\arm is not strong enough to support intermediate AP.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:21 AM

Hi ...Decided to get either a Celestron 5SE or 6SE. Any advice as to which one might be the better buy? Thanks (this will be my first scope)


The only advantages of the 5SE are built-in tripod wedge and DSLR camera control,good for casual astrophotos.

The 6SE comes with a sturdier mount and that extra inch of aperture will bring in more light and potentially 20% more resolution(detail).

For a visual observer get the 6SE.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 10:38 AM

Bluenote welcome to our site. +1 one se6. :band: :band: :wavey:

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:14 PM

yeah, I would vote the 6SE for sure. The extra aperture is worth it.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:29 PM

I recommend the 6.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:44 PM

I considered the 6SE when I was looking for another telescope and chose the 8 SE. Call it aperture fever...The 6SE and 8SE share the same exact mount and for use with the 6 SE, you will probably get a better stable combination with the 6 SE, especially when wind starts to blow. You won't be disappointed with the 6 SE.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 07:46 PM

Just went through this process myself. I went for the 6 because of the minor increase in price and the better mount vs. the aperture gain. Notice that the 8SE jumps in price over 300, yet you get the same mount.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:04 PM

+1 for 6se

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

Many thanks for the replies and also the 'welcome to the site' posts.
I see I am in good company!

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:48 PM

I'm looking at the 6se too. I'm trying to decide between a goto that will be easier to use and track objects vs a dob with much larger aperture. I can see the pros and cons of each of them but am unable to decide. I think I'd be happy with the 8se, but its just too far outside the price range. I'm worried I won't be happy with the 6" and that I'll wish it were larger when viewing the deep stuff.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:13 PM

Well for the price of the 6SE you could get a 12" Dob which will go a magnitude and some "deeper";but you will have to find everything including a way to move it!The view of the Milky Way in a 12" f5 Dob with a max FOV EP is awesome!

The 6SE is much lighter ,can find 40,000 objects for you(how long does it take to view that many objects?),can be remotely controlled,and you can mostly sit in one spot while using it.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:44 PM

Tracking sure is a nice feature on a goto. I had a 5se and within 6months I had an 11 inch sct. I also now have a 10 inch dob. I use it the most at home because of the setup time of the 11. But under real dark skies I love my 11. And I do cheat and let the goto do its thing on a lot of objects. I'm still new enough that I wat to see as many objects as possible, but also i dont know if i can see it or not, so i keep notes. If i cant see it in the 11, I know i dont want to spend time searching with the 10 inch dob. Figure I'll work my way through finding objects manually with the dob at a later date.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 10:56 PM

I'm looking at the 6se too. I'm trying to decide between a goto that will be easier to use and track objects vs a dob with much larger aperture. I can see the pros and cons of each of them but am unable to decide. I think I'd be happy with the 8se, but its just too far outside the price range. I'm worried I won't be happy with the 6" and that I'll wish it were larger when viewing the deep stuff.


To paraphrase what the CN veterans have stated in other threads, the goto capability is very useful if you observe in light-polluted skies the majority of the time. Unless you are very familiar with the night sky, star-hopping when only the brighter stars are visible can be frustrating. Goto is not a panacea, but there's no need to add the difficulty of finding objects to the already difficult tasks of becoming familiar with your equipment, fighting dew, and training your eye to observe faint smudges of light.

I know I will eventually succumb to aperture fever, but my 6SE will keep me busy for quite sometime. Just my dos centimos. Good luck in your telescope hunt!

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:31 PM

I was going to say why have a 11 SCT and a 10 dob but then remembered my first big goto a Meade SN10 soon got a 10 Dob partner.

Dobs ARE great for no setup time and you can swing it to a new part of the sky instantly but you either learn the stars or just never know what it was you looked at.






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