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#1 mac19

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:16 PM

Well thank you to all who have generously offered me advice in the CN's forums. I have been pondering the purchase of a telescope for the last couple years and the post man dropped a pick-up slip in the box today. By late tonight I should have me hands on my first telescope. I'm very excited and oddly nervous at the same time. I'd like to apologize and thank you in advance for the onslaught of questions coming your way...:) unfortunately it appears we are in for several days of rain, but that seems pretty standard upon delivery of a new scope...

#2 seawolfe

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:19 PM

Yep....with great telescope comes great ugly weather patterns.....

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 12:48 PM

Ahh.. so that's why my forecast has cloudy for the next two days!

#4 coopman

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:48 PM

Don't tease us like that...WHAT DID YOU GET?

#5 mac19

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 01:55 PM

Sorry... If there are no mix ups I should be unboxing a CGEM1100.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 02:09 PM

Sorry... If there are no mix ups I should be unboxing a CGEM1100.


Wow. That is quite a first scope. Enjoy.

#7 GOLGO13

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 02:39 PM

Go big or go home I see :) ...enjoy!!!

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:39 PM

Sorry... If there are no mix ups I should be unboxing a CGEM1100.

Wow. That is quite a first scope. Enjoy.


Unpack and set up carefully. You have a great telescope!

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:42 PM

Don't forget :photo:

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 04:43 PM

At least take heed that it must be a very good scope, since the New Telescope Curse is bringing several days of rain. A lesser scope would only warrant one rainy day. ;)

#11 FoggyEyes

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 05:09 PM

Just remember: around here, unless you post pictures, you don't really have it.

#12 Guilherme Lessa

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:10 PM

Wow, that looks AWESOME. Keep us updated.

And most of all: enjoy the sky!

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 07:49 PM

You certainly don't believe in starting out small! Enjoy those great views.

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#14 mac19

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 10:05 PM

Lol!! I fully expected some heat for this one... I started out saving for a 4se and then when I hit that goal I said to myself "Well I don't want to regret jumping the gun, I better save for a 6se". That internal dialogue continued on leading to the 8se and well what can I say two years later that internal battle landed me at the CGEM1100... I'm very stoked and hopefully this poor weather will not last as long as the forcast is currently indicating. I've waited two years for this and will not rush it now... Shortly I will get my rugrats to bed and take my time unboxing and enjoy every moment. Ill post up proof of possession in the coming hours...:)

#15 mac19

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 10:07 PM

Oh and I hope you all accept my apology for the poor weather...

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 12:19 AM

And now it's raining!

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 01:52 AM

Don't forget :photo:


Thank you all for the positive comments! I'm going to go ahead and get this photo out of the way in hopes this poor weather trend can then move along...

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#18 LoveChina61

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 08:31 AM

an excellent choice for a scope. I am a Meade man myself, but if things don't work out with them over the long-term I have been eyeing some Celestron scopes already. I would have to say without reservation that my choice would have been the same as yours hands down! Lots of aperature for DSOs yet just at the border of portability in size and weight. And on a GEM mount (especially the CGEM)? Wow! You will have excellent results in astrophotography as well with the right focal reducer and camera set up.

Congrats BIG TIME!

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 08:42 AM

Thats a great first scope. You should be set for a while. My first scope was a celestron 70 mm refractor on a cheap goto that fried its self after a year. Once again you have a very nice scope and from what I hear a great mount. :waytogo:

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 08:45 AM

Do you live in New England? Its going to be *BLEEP* all weekend. :lol:

#21 mac19

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:01 AM

I would love to think this new scope has that sort of influence... :bow:
However I'm up in northern Alberta.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:14 AM

Flames and Oilers country, nice.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 04:47 PM

Very nice, congrats.

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Posted 26 April 2014 - 06:09 PM

Congratulations, that telescope will show you a LOT of deep sky objects from a reasonably dark site. You will want to familiarize yourself with it before taking it to a dark site. I suggest starting with the Moon, planets and bright deep sky objects you can see at home to learn your way around the telescope and the sky. If you haven't done so already, join a local club so you can if needed get hands on help and access to darker skies than you can get at home. It's always nice to observe with likeminded folks. Clear skies!

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Posted 30 April 2014 - 06:04 AM

Congrats! Very nice setup! I too am also a Meade Man like LoveChina61 here...but Celestron is doing alright these days, you should be very happy with it. Take your time, learn everything about the setup, how everything works and you will be good to go.

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