Nexstar5SE or 6SE?
Posted 02 December 2013 - 09:17 PM
After posting this I found a similar thread and believe the 6" is preferable to the 5" simply due to the light-gathering power. Now all I need is a good protein drink to help me schlep the 10" Skywatcher around. And I also found some good advice re powertanks, namely the Schumacher at Walmart. Thanks guys.
Posted 02 December 2013 - 10:17 PM
The 6SE should be great on planetary views. It might be a bit weak for "details" of galaxies unless you're under very dark skies.
I guess a lot depends on where you're going with the 10". If you want a scope as a companion to the big gun and you still plan to use the 10" a lot, then the 6SE is an excellent choice.
BUT ... if you think the smaller scope will start weaning you away from the 10" and it's just too much to deal with, then you might want to consider the 8SE. That is, assuming you can afford it - you didn't mention budget. As a replacement to the 10", an 8SE will show less, but not by a substantial amount. On the other hand, the 6 will be a big step down from the 10.
Just something to think about.
Posted 10 December 2013 - 12:09 PM
If I recall correctly, the 5SE and 6SE is not only different in aperature size but also the mount. The 6SE uses the same sturdier mount as the 8SE. But the 5SE mount has built-in equatorial wedges. Sometimes I also wonder why Celestron doesn't use the Nexstar 127SLT's 5" Maksutov-Cassegrain OTA for the 5SE. Maks is supposed to have smaller central obstruction than SCT.
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Posted 12 December 2013 - 04:38 PM
Absolutely! If you can swing the money, the 8SE will provide nearly twice the light gathering capability of the 6. You'll be able to see quite a bit more when it comes to the faint fuzzies like galaxies and nebulae.
Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:06 AM
If you can swing the money and the added weight go with the 8. I know some will say the mount will be shaky but there are cures for that and once it settles down you will be rewarded with a better view.
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Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:10 PM
My SN-10 has had a motor for years.The faster the scope and ,or, the shakier the mount ,the more benefit I have found from motorizing the focuser.Same principles apply to slo-motion control vs. RA motor with remote.Initial cost is high(er) but operation becomes more pleasant.
Seriously, it is the observer who mostly provides the unwanted force the tripod and mount must then absorb or transmit to the ground.
I am in the process of adding powered focusers to several scopes as time and money allow.
Posted 13 December 2013 - 11:45 PM
BTW, where do you observe in NM. I live in eastern NM (Clovis).
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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:24 PM
The 6SE isn't a poor choice.
Besides,there IS always the possibility of the 6" ota mysteriously growing a bit larger should an 8" OTA deal appear ......after all ,the tripod,mount,control and everything else are the same.He might even find someone who feels swapping their 8" for a 6" would result in an easier to manage set.Possibilities....
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Posted 18 December 2013 - 12:02 PM
Or paint it? Apply artwork? Cover with fabric ? Make it match or complement the furnishings?Store it horizontal under a sofa table with floor-length table cloth?
Store upright behind a set of very shallow curio shelves with an access door ? Or doors displaying paintings ?
Is it possible or practical to give the 10" a new home of its own outside in the form of a nice garden storage bench of shed ?Dobs don't HAVE to stand upright in storage even if they are most often pictured thus.
I can understand the usual "black water heater" appearance of a 10" Dob offends some few persons' decorating sense!
My Z10 was a very good deal several years past in no small part because the previous owner's wife objected to its size and appearance.