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#1 Thanatos78621

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:28 AM

Craigslist is evil I tell you. There I was nice and happy with my 8SE when for fun I check out the local ads here in Austin for "Celestron". Guess what I find, a Nexstar 11 GPS listed at $800!

I call, make the deal and go to check it out. Since the hand controller wasn't working when I got there I offered them $650 for it, to which they agreed. Once I got it home I found out it was just a loose cable to the controller board, so now I have a very nice, fully functional first generation Nexstar 11 for the princely sum of $650.

Here's a comparison of the two telescopes side by side. Please forgive the mess on the coffee table. :)

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#2 Starman81

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:17 AM

Wow, NICE deal! That would be way to hard to pass up, even at the full asking price!! Enjoy. :cool:

#3 Midnight Dan

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:41 AM

Incredible deal! Congratulations! :bow:

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#4 bouffetout

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:53 AM

Good move dude !

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

Good for you!

#6 Thanatos78621

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 08:39 AM

Thanks for the congrats. I'm still a bit dumbfounded by the deal. I was looking for a Nexstar 11 last year and I could never find one for less than $1500-1700 and they were always 'sold' by the time I found out about them.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 11:42 AM

WOW!! That was a REAL steal, Richard! Methinks the seller was not aware of what he had. But tons of congrats to you!! Now you have a pretty decent grab-n-go with the 8SE and a GREAT observatory (or permanent location) scope with the 11. Of course if you are a youngster and not an OF like me, you can haul the 11 around with you too.

Again CONGRATULATIONS on an amazing purchase! :)

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 01:23 PM

Man, that is one sweet deal. I paid $650 for my 6SE!

#9 Thanatos78621

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 02:24 PM

Other than the hand controller needing the internal cabling reseated, I just had to clean some cobwebs out of the OTA and wipe clean the glass on the lenses. Its a HC 1.2 and a 1.0 MC unit but it runs smoothly and GPS tracks fairly quick.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

Uh hum... I saw that one listed! Glad you got it :grin:

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 01:57 AM

You bought an 11 inch SCT with GPS for what many of us have invested in a 12" Dob.

Buy a lottery ticket to check if you used up all youir luck.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:09 AM

I'll give you $700.00 for it right now. Great find, enjoy the views!

#13 Arthur Dent

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 12:26 PM

$750 but insured shipping included? :grin:

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

Have I got this right? Is this the CPC 1100 GPS? If so, I'm even more impressed with the deal! New, that scope goes for $3,000. :bigshock:

#15 Thanatos78621

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 04:09 PM

Skip, its the model that the CPC replaced. It was about 1/2 to 1/3 of what most of the used Nexstar 11's go for. I was very luck indeed as I got it for less than what I bought my 8SE for last year.

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 07:32 PM

Why couldnt that have been listed in Houston. Darn.

But congrats to you Richard.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

I do own a CPC1100 ..
BUT I looked and looked for a used NS11GPS scope for quite a while before I just gave up and wrote that $3000.00 check for a new CPC...

I HONESTY think it is a mechanically better scope then .and optically equal to the newer CPC models .
better gears better bearing and no chance of the cord ever getting tangled up around the tripod legs

I'm shaking my head at the price you STOLE that darn thing for..

Plug your HC that you use with your 8Se into the scope and it will work just fine.. No GPS alignment method ..but you will never miss that option anyhow..

WOW for less then a set of so-so tires you got a great scope...

CONGRATULATIONS

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:45 PM

Well done on your great buy Richard. :bow: :bow:

I missed out on a used 11 GPS last week. It was going for a steal by U.K prices. I hesitated to do a bit of research on the scope and someone else snapped it up.

The search for one, or a used CPC1100 goes on.

Regards. Peter.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:44 AM

Nice! Though I for one would just come back disappointed seeing the H/C not working. Now which one do you prefer to take out. :grin:

#20 Thanatos78621

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 08:25 AM

Last night was the first time I had the chance to take the 11 GPS out. It was just the back yard at the house, so with street lights and the moon, there was a decent amount of ambient light. Still, it was amazing on what I could see over the 8SE. I think I'm going to enjoy it quite a bit.

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

The two scopes are a real nice combination and complement each other rather well (I own an 8i and a CPC1100)

I use the 8i for local star parties because at 35 or so pounds its easy to pick up and travel with The CPC on the other hand would in all honestly never get used if i did not have it pier mounted in my observatory.. its just too heavy for me ..at my age .. to easily lug outside...

Ya did good and for what you paid the purchase was an absolute steal ..

Bob G.






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