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gene 4181
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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490182 - 04/26/14 03:46 PM

an es 68 24mm or a 32mm plossl 52 degree.

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drwho41963
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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490208 - 04/26/14 04:00 PM

Once An Object Is Found With The Nexstar 5 SE will The Scope Continue To Follow It And Keep It In The Center? And Does The Meade Etx 90 Also Do This?

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GOLGO13
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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490224 - 04/26/14 04:18 PM

When setup properly both track objects. A nice feature.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #6490497 - 04/26/14 06:40 PM

so I don't need to buy any additional equipment.

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drwho41963
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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490629 - 04/26/14 08:05 PM

okay now I'm looking at the NexStar 8SE. I Have Seen Many Good Reviews. At This Point I Need To Find The Best Price I CaN. during the next few days I plan on going to a few stores and look at the telescopes.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490788 - 04/26/14 09:24 PM

Quote:

okay now I'm looking at the NexStar 8SE. I Have Seen Many Good Reviews. At This Point I Need To Find The Best Price I CaN.




Good choice. If I was forced to only own one scope that is what I would own.

obin


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6490851 - 04/26/14 09:49 PM

You might also consider the 6SE. It uses the same mount as the 8SE, and the 8 pushes the capacity of the mount and can make for somewhat jiggly views at high mag. I hear the 6 is much more stable.

So it's a trade-off of aperture vs. stability. I chose the 8, and most nights I am glad I did.


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drwho41963
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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: Widespread]
      #6491120 - 04/27/14 01:12 AM

do you have examples of some images from your 8 SE?

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6492073 - 04/27/14 03:30 PM

Just so you know, Celestron has updated scopes coming out next month called the NextStar Evolution.

You may want to read about the 8 inch to see if it offers you things you would like. As a summary:
- WiFi controlled with iOS or Android
- Internal 10 hour rechargeable battery
- worm gears
- manual controls to move the scope

The Evolution looks to be more modern, but if it has things you don't like, or the increased price is too much, than the 8 SE still looks very good (maybe they will even discount it soon??)


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drwho41963
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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: Branskins]
      #6494617 - 04/28/14 08:06 PM

WOW, Thanks for the Info.
That's great news. I compared the 5SE and the 8SE while the 8SE will get me a little better image the 5SE comes with a wedge that would come in handy when I do videos. From what I was told the 8SE does not come with a wedge. I also decided to go with a web, use RegiStax image processing software and an es 68 24mm or a 32mm plossl 52 degree. But if someone can tell me Im wrong about the wedge for the 8SE and I can use it as a EQ then I would rather go with that.


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GOLGO13
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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6494665 - 04/28/14 08:34 PM

You are correct. The 5 SE should have a built in wedge capability whereas the 8SE and 6SE do not. Some alternative thing would need to be done for those.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6495248 - 04/29/14 06:58 AM

Quote:

I compared the 5SE and the 8SE while the 8SE will get me a little better image the 5SE comes with a wedge that would come in handy when I do videos.




Yes, the wedge opens up new realms of possibilities for astrophotography. But don't think that the image in an 8SE is just a little better than the image in a 5SE. As far as visual observing is concerned, the difference between a 5-inch scope and an 8-inch scope is vast. Almost too big to describe -- you'd really have to see for yourself.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #6498308 - 04/30/14 03:01 PM

How would I go about adding a wedge to the 8 SE?

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6499621 - 05/01/14 05:18 AM

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How would I go about adding a wedge to the 8 SE?




Not a good idea. The 8SE is already at the limits of what the mount can support; adding a wedge would tip it over into unusability. If you really want to take long-exposure photos with an 8-inch scope, you should be looking at a different, much heavier and more expensive line of mounts.


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