My gear: --Celestron 8EdgeHD & 11EdgeHD | 80mm F/6 Triplet | Modified Canon T1i | QSI683WSG-8 | Celestron AVX mount | iOptron CEM60 mount | iOptron ZEQ25 mount --- My skies:
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Binos: APM100 | Obie 20x80D3 | Resolux 15x70, 7x50 | Nikon AE 12x50, 7x35 | FMT-SX 10x50 | Canon 10x30 | Vanguard ED 8x42
Mounts: AVX | Orion Paragon | Tecnosky eLLe
Telescopes: XT8g | AT6RC | Onyx 80EDF | 102GT | ST80
1.25" EPs: Hyperion 8, 17mm | ES68º: 20, 24mm | ES82º: 4.7, 6.7, 8.8, 11, 14mm
2" EPs: Meade 5k 82º: 24, 30mm | ES100º: 5.5, 9, 14, 20mm
Quote:That C8 Edge HD/AVX combo is what I was going to recommend too (and what I nearly bought - until I decided that I was going to have two scopes). The new AVX mount is getting rave reviews.
Celestron 11" EdgeHDAstro-Tech AT65EDQ ED RefractorCGEM DX Equatorial MountES 100's : 9mm, 14mm, 20mmES 82's : 24mm, 30mmCelestron .7x focal reducerCanon 60D
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote:This scope will need to last me a long time so quality is a plus!I want to learn astronomy as a family activity so I would use it for visual observations first and imaging second.I would like my scope to be versatile enough to be able to see faint fuzzies , Deep objects and planets
My eyepieces are made from the waste product of exploding stars.
10XTi 102XLT ST80A(2" Focuser); President, Eypieces Anonymous, Denver Chapter (Hello, I'm an eyepiece junky, what's your excuse?)
DAS Dark Site
Omni 150 Newtonian on CG-4
ES 127 ED triplet f/7.5 on GPD2
-- Matt -observing since fall 2012 16" F/4.5 truss DOB / EON 120mm ED / 10" F/5 strut DOB Paracorr (T1 tunable),telrad, RACI finders, AltAz Tripod mount ES 82° 4.7,6.7,8.8,30mm AT Paradigm 60° 25,18,12mm Pentax XW 70° 20,14mm , Baader zoom observing list/notes.. beginning dslr astrophotos (moon/widefields)
Quote:"I had an astrophysicist pick out my first scope and he chose a NexStar."That's a little like saying you had an engineer who designs screens for LCD displays pick out your oil paints for you. Observational astronomy as a professional tool has been dead for almost a century. Amateur astronomy is an aesthetic pursuit. Modern astrophysics is all about theory, probes, data, experiments and articles. Unless the astro-physist in question is also a visual observer hobbyist, I would tend to put *less* weight in his opinion than the opinions of experienced, active visual observers.That said, I don't think the Nexstar 8 SE is a bad choice. But it wouldn't be my first recommendation for a noob.Regards,Jim
Quote:Do you have a camera and tripod already? If so I would recommend taking pictures of bright objects like moons and constellations with just a tripod camera combination to get your feet wet. Taking pictures is only 1/8th of the battle it seems with astrophotography. Processing and stacking the images to bring out the unseen pieces that the camera actually picks up is a very time consuming process with a steep learning curve at first. Registax is a program that is great for stacking pictures of the moon and planets. Deepskystacker is a program that is used to enhance stars, nebulae, etcetera. Both are free.
Ted Blank Hampton Beach, NH: ----------------- Celestron C8 XLT 2000/10 WO ZS 80ED 545/6.8 ES 127 952/7.5 (at Granite Gap) Starmaster 18" f/4.5 (at Granite Gap) iOptron 150mm Mak-Cass 1800/12 Orion XT8i 1200/4.5 Lunt LS60Ha CGEM iOptron Minitower Vixen Portamount II Orion ST80's and ST120's for occultation work Bunch of EPs Stardust observing chair
10" OO VX, 6" iOptron Mak-Cass, Orion 100ED
Quote:Ok, so now that I have decided on going for the NexStar 8SE I have a few questions:What accessories do you recommend?What adapters would I need to attach my camera (Nikon 5100) To the scope? does it attach to the front or the back?I plan on buying the Piggyback mount as I want to take some wide shots with my 17-55 Lens and also have a 70-300 Lens I think it would be useful. I think if I buy the 8SE I'll have enough money to spare for the accessoriescan you offer any suggestions? Again, thank you for all your help!JoeStar
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Quote:I was also considering the SCT 8" Advanced VX Series (non-Edge HD) for $1,599 but that leaves little room for accessories. I was thinking on the 8SE then later on buy the VX mount, that way I have a cheap Alt Az for another OTA when the time comes