Quote:When I retired about ten years ago I bought a Nexstar 5i. I subsequently had it Supercharged by Dr. Sherrod following a collimation debacle. It was an outstanding scope -- great optics and dead-on go-to. I only sold it because I couldn't resist getting the 8SE. I often wish I hadn't -- the 5i was a keeper even if I had no reason to keep it.
Clear Skies, TonyScopes: Celestron 150mm SCT, ES 102mm refractor, 114mm Newt, Circle T 80mm refractor, Cel./Vix. 60mm refractor "the Brute" EP's: Various and sundry along with barlows WO and ES Dielectric Diagonals Filters: DGM Optics NPB, Orion SkyGlow Filter, color and longpass AstroZap Dew Shield, Vibration Pads etc... AstroPlanner V2.1, SkySafari 4 Plus, Vortex 8X42, 60's 7X35 Binocs Astronomy in the Orange Zone! ...73 de KM5JH...
Quote:Yes, that first collimation is nerve-wracking for most of us. I'm still dreading it though everyone insists there's nothing to fear. (Of course, not everyone is as ham-handed as I am when delicacy is required.) So I know where you're coming from.
Quote:Nice combo, any thinking behind not using the SE mount?
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CPC1100 NexStar 8SE E.Ps:-1.25"..6.3mm 15mm 25mm & 40mm 2" W.A..26mm 30mm & 38mm Zooms:- Baader 8 x 24mm & AE 8 x 24mm Finders:- RACI 9x50, 8x50 & GLP Filters:- 2" Polarised, UHC & OIII + Solar Bits&Bobs:- 2" X2 Barlow, Dew Shield, Motor focuser, 0.6 Focal Reducer, 17Ah power pack. SkyShed P.O.D (Dream-Maker)
Brockport, NY: Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90 Mounts: iOptron iEQ45, NexStar SE, Orion Astroview, Vixen Mini Porta, DSV-1 Eyepieces: Baader Hyperion 36mm Aspheric, 24mm, 21mm, 13mm, 8mm, 5mm, Baader Mk III Zoom 8-24mm Other: 2x,2.5x Barlows, 0.63x FR, DewBuster, SQM Meter, Canon T3i, QHY5L-II, SkyShed POD XL5
Quote:I've also done some modifications to the stock SE mount.By removing the battery compartment and moving the control circuit board to beside the arm I gained 2" of clearance to accommodate my new 2" diagonal and visual back. Constructed of 1/4 inch plywood and some 3/4 x 3 pine, closed cell weather strip under the plate and finished with truckbed liner applied with a shop towel.I'm very pleased with the results.I plan on doing a separate post about this modification.
Quote:wow i didnt realize the 8SE would fit on the same tripod as the 6SE... How do you buy just the 8SE OTA? i badly want the 8SE...Thanks
Celestron 8SE with some eyepieces. Neximage 5 Unmodded T2i/550D Orion Sirius EQ-G
Celestron C11 Orion 8" Newton Astrograph Orion 180mm MCT Explorer Scientific AR152 Celestron NexStar 8SE Orion ST80a Orion StarBlast 6i IntelliScope Orion BT-100 Celestron CGEM Stellacam II (video) Stellacam III (video) Samsung SCB-2000 Modified Astro-Video Systems Advance MKII Video Camera Orion G3 Color CCD Canon 6D DSLR for astro imaging
Meade LX200R-8 Nexstar 6SE AT80EDTA on Minitower Lots of glass, aluminum, and plastic Arctic origin - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAx58lIynfY&feature=player_embedded#! Weather station - http://classic.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KFLKENNE... 73s de KF4JU