Pulled the trigger on the 8SE
Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:55 AM
Glad to be joining the ranks of NexStar owners. It is very nice to have this dedicated forum, where there are great tips, stickies and, of course, you all, to help with use of this scope.
Now, let's see what I can get sold to help pay for this beauty.
Posted 14 June 2013 - 12:54 PM
Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:10 PM
Congratulations on your purchase! Hope to see you around here often!
Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:15 PM
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Posted 22 June 2013 - 11:04 PM
"Super" moon tonight. Better get the moon filter installed.
Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:14 PM
Lower right is another Scopestuff item, #SFM2 - Starfinder Mount with Base Rail and Dovetail and the green laser. This lets me slew in the comfort of my observing chair, getting very, very close to the chosen object which is then usually within the view of the finderscope. It has an intermittent switch so the laser is only on when you push the button so you can try to avoid zapping passing planes and flying saucers. Both are mounted with finder shoes that allow removal for packing the scope for travel.
Pictured is an LV 8-24 zoom that works well for quick views. I have a 20mm centering eyepiece with LED for trying to nail down alignment more precisely.
Really loving this scope and hoping to get out to some dark skies and local star parties with it yet this summer.
Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:36 PM
Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:50 AM
I know y'all won't believe this, but I took delivery of the 8SE and the sky was clear !!! I know, unbelievable. But, here is the proof. Droid cellphone, afocal of our lovely neighbor in the night sky, with a Celestron 40mm Plossl in place.
That's a beauty!
I also snapped a great picture of the moon my first time out with my 8SE and iPhone5. I couldn't believe it either!