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drwho41963
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Telescope Selection Help
      #6475825 - 04/19/14 04:02 PM

I live in Arizona so I have many clear nights to take photos. I have taken a number of photos of the moon that show a lot of detail. I would like to use my current camera to take photos and video using a telescope. Can someone help me find a telescope so I can take photos of planets and galaxies. I need to stay around 300.00 or less. I would like it to be portable and user friendly as I plan on traveling to different parts of Arizona.
The amount I want to spend is not the max I am willing to go above 500.00 as long as it meets my needs. I tend to purchase electronics and keep them forever so I would like a telescope I can keep forever and is portable.

Edited by drwho41963 (04/21/14 01:08 PM)


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6475828 - 04/19/14 04:03 PM

I forgot to mention I have a canon SX20 IS

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6475858 - 04/19/14 04:24 PM

to be honest you are gonna have a hard time getting a scope with a mount that will take decent pics with that price range unless you go used and or get real lucky. I am sure someone else will pipe in and give you more ideas.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: hargy]
      #6475864 - 04/19/14 04:30 PM

Any ideas even out of the price range given. And and help to get what I need to use this camera would be great also.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: hargy]
      #6475868 - 04/19/14 04:33 PM

I don't mind going used.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: hargy]
      #6475881 - 04/19/14 04:41 PM

I like that Orion StarShoot. Looks like I can use it on and telescope I choose. But that telescope is way to much maybe half that price I could swing. Thanks for the good starting point. Do you recommend any other telescopes that I should be looking at and maybe able to find used.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6476179 - 04/19/14 07:46 PM

Does anyone else have any other suggestions?

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6476182 - 04/19/14 07:48 PM

How about starting with visual observing? You could get a decent scope for visual use for that price, especially if you go used.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: SeattleScott]
      #6476232 - 04/19/14 08:22 PM

I have one for visual but would like to upgrade. I posted this question here to get ideas and then I would check Craigslist and other sites and maybe get lucky on a good scope.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6476257 - 04/19/14 08:38 PM

Does anyone know if the ETX-90 Maksutov-Cassegrain #3514-04-15 would be good for taking photos and video and what else would I need to use my Canon SX20 IS. http://store.meade.com/telescopes/etx/etx-90-maksutov-cassegrain.html

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6476454 - 04/19/14 10:43 PM

The drives on the ETX-90 are fine for visual, but not for imaging. It should do fine with bright objects like the moon and planets, but not deepsky objects.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: jgraham]
      #6476475 - 04/19/14 11:00 PM

To fit your budget, try a <$200 used CG4 equatorial mount with motors and <$100 used 100mm f/9 refractor.
Add a used "steadypix" point-n-shoot camera mount.
Allows you to take image though eyepiece projection.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: waso29]
      #6477168 - 04/20/14 11:24 AM

Imaging planets and the moon (bright objects) requires less expensive equipment than imaging galaxies and nebulae (dim objects), and it's all related to exposure time. The solar system objects are often imaged using video cameras and fractional-second exposure times, then using software to stack hundreds of exposures to bring out the detail. As long as you keep the object in the field of view, almost any mount will work. Dim objects also use stacked images, but exposures are 30 seconds to 2-3 minutes long (or more) to collect more light. That means your mount has to track EXACTLY for that long. You absolutely can try imaging with a <$300 mount, and there area several people out there with outstanding images from such a setup, but it's more likely to be an exercise in frustration for you. Astrophotography, even of the bright solar system objects, has a very steep learning curve and a huge amount of pressure to buy ever-more expensive equipment.

Browse through the "beginning and intermediate imaging" forum for some more specific starter help.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: jgraham]
      #6478427 - 04/21/14 02:19 AM

So what would you recommend. I just want a Telescope that portable and I can take good photos and video with. This is just going to be a hobby. Whatever I end up buying I will probably stay with forever. I do not plan on spending money on new toys. This is going to be it. My parents had purchase a telescope for me in the 70's and I just could not see anything for very long. You would see the moon for a split second then nothing. I had purchased a telescope for my son and we were able to see the moon and planets but he has it and I was looking for something that fits my needs. Which are It needs too be user friendly, be able to see both planets and Galaxies.

Edited by drwho41963 (04/21/14 02:23 AM)


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6478446 - 04/21/14 03:13 AM

It's difficult (impossible?) to reconcile your desire for a portable telescope and mount, suitable for photos and video, for both planets and galaxies, all for $300. Maybe it can be done, but a great concern I have is that what would end up being recommended will be disappointing in result and quality, both as a piece of equipment and in your imaging.

$300 to $400 will get you a nice visual scope, capable of planetary and deep space views. A 6" or 8" dob or maybe and 80mm f11 refractor on an EQ mount such as a vixen a80mf. Boost your budget a bit or get lucky on a used item such as a celestron 102mm xlt. These wouldn't be considered the best options for imaging, but given your price point you could certainly do web cam imaging, and even short exposure deep space of perhaps 20 to 30 seconds with dslr cameras. People do great work with various scopes in many price points, but it will be challenging without getting a smoking deal on a used scope. I think you can have a great time with these or similar scopes as long as expectations and patience are top of mind. Hop over to the beginning imagers forum for lots of info and help. Good luck!


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: AngryHandyman]
      #6478659 - 04/21/14 09:20 AM

how about an orion starblast? you could use it to view and either get an adaptor to mount your camer to the scope or use the included brackets to mount just the camera to the mount for long exposure photos.

Not ideal, but within your price range....


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6478677 - 04/21/14 09:27 AM

You want this telescope:

http://www.cloudynights.com/classifieds/showproduct.php?product=100292&so...

Used for $175 is an awesome deal!

This mount will work:

http://www.cloudynights.com/classifieds/showproduct.php?product=99859&sor...

That's the best gear for something near to your $300 goal.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6478739 - 04/21/14 09:55 AM

Closest thing I can think of is a Celestron 5SE or 5i or nexstar 5 (5i and nexstar 5 are the previous versions) on the used market. And that still will probably exceed $300.

Maybe a used ETX 90 could work...but the 5SE would be much better in my opinion.

Quite frankly that's a tough price point for what you are looking for. The taking picture part is what complicates it. It's not a simple endevour in my opinion. I am a visual only guy as I find that type of work frustrating and not worth my time (lots of other people have taken great photos of just about every object).


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #6479097 - 04/21/14 01:14 PM

Quote:

Quite frankly that's a tough price point for what you are looking for. The taking picture part is what complicates it. It's not a simple endevour in my opinion. I am a visual only guy as I find that type of work frustrating and not worth my time (lots of other people have taken great photos of just about every object).




It's only as tough as you want to make it out to be. The price point is tough but the actual process is not. I find it to be far more rewarding than visual. After all things like clouds on mars, Jupiter, or the sun change on a daily basis. The positioning of moons changes as well. It's also a lot easier to share your experience with others and get them into the hobby.

The $300 price point is completely doable because he already has a camera... and probably has a computer (considering that he's posting on this forum.)

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6479122 - 04/21/14 01:23 PM

Obin,

I wasn't even considering the camera/computer...just the telescope. $300 is a pretty tough price point for a semi-decent quality tracking scope. I think the used market would be the way to go in this case. Even on the used market $300 doesn't get you a full setup very often. Maybe the ETX line would work.

EDIT: Looked at his post again and he said he could stretch it to $500ish. In that case wouldn't the 5SE used or new be the way to go. It has a build in wedge and it's pretty lightweight/portable. Equatorial mounts of decent quality are pretty heavy/awkward. So I think the 5SE would be just about perfect.

Edited by GOLGO13 (04/21/14 01:25 PM)


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #6479147 - 04/21/14 01:32 PM

What about Catadioptric Telescopes they are pricy but they look like they do both planets and galaxies. Any feed back on this?

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6479207 - 04/21/14 01:58 PM

Quote:

What about Catadioptric Telescopes they are pricy but they look like they do both planets and galaxies. Any feed back on this?




Yep...the 5SE is a Catadioptric scope. They are not too expensive, but are not super cheap either. I believe the 5SE new is $699. They come used around $450ish. Just make sure it has the built in wedge (a little rod on the tripod) that allows you to do better photography (better tracking). Otherwise you could only do some basic imaging. Probably planets and moon but not other items. I will admit that I do not do astro-photography so other than the basics I cannot help much.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #6479231 - 04/21/14 02:10 PM

Thanks for the help I think I will look into the 5SE. I just created a post in the imaging forum so I will run this by them and see everything I will need to connect my camera and go from there. I was going to buy a new laptop but I think I'm going to do this instead.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6479252 - 04/21/14 02:23 PM

A group would be a good thing for you if you can find one. Sometimes you can even piggy-back another astronomer's setup either before or after they're done for the night. At star parties and dark sites they'll often have their setup up all night and there's so much you can learn.

It's easier to go "OK - that setup works to do X... now I take that mount and add in my lens/ccd and... get Y" than it is to try to start with unknowns on your mount, unknowns on your optics and no guidance there in the field when you need it.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: obin robinson]
      #6479376 - 04/21/14 03:31 PM

Quote:

Quote:

Quite frankly that's a tough price point for what you are looking for. The taking picture part is what complicates it. It's not a simple endevour in my opinion. I am a visual only guy as I find that type of work frustrating and not worth my time (lots of other people have taken great photos of just about every object).




It's only as tough as you want to make it out to be ...

The $300 price point is completely doable because he already has a camera... and probably has a computer (considering that he's posting on this forum.)




Well, kinda. That camera should work OK for lunar and planetary imaging, but I don't think it will work well for galaxies. Too slow, and the built-in lens won't allow sufficiently low magnifications when shooting through a telescope.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: javven]
      #6479396 - 04/21/14 03:41 PM

I'm going to the next star gazing family night at the Challenger Space Center Arizona, Peoria and see if I can get more questions answered. Please continue to give me any information you think can help me. Thanks

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #6479480 - 04/21/14 04:24 PM

Could I use Orion StarShoot would this work well instead of my camera?

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6481053 - 04/22/14 11:49 AM

In Phoenix I have seen an LDX75 with 5" refractor go for $400. Good scopes do pop up quite often here.

There's a meade 8" LX10 in flagstaff for $650 with an electric drive. It'd be tough to get it aligned well for pictures, but it does have the wedge with it for $650
http://flagstaff.craigslist.org/pho/4399161357.html

Or almost the same in a Celestron for $650 in flagstaff:
http://flagstaff.craigslist.org/for/4427569540.html

There's also an LX10 in Phoenix for $475 but it's missing parts.
http://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/ele/4409902054.html

So nothing really great atm.

You could do some decent photos just by mounting your camera on a decent tripod/mount. A used CG4 or so. Plus there are often decent refractors on CL that you could later mount on it as well. There was a nice Celestron ED80 for $250 just a couple of weeks ago.

If you're patient and you look, you'll probably find something good around here.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: Kevdog]
      #6483722 - 04/23/14 04:08 PM

Thanks for the input. What do you think about the Meade ETX90. I found out that I can add a StarGPS to it for 129.00. Any idea how I can use my canon sx20 is camera on the etx90. I'm think maybe I should go with a web cam but my camera takes really good photos of the moon. It zooms to 80mm and you see the craters. Not really sure yet if I will go with the etx90 because I really would like to see good examples of what you can see through it.

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6483723 - 04/23/14 04:09 PM

Here is an example of a photo of the moon with my SX20 IS

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6483860 - 04/23/14 05:09 PM

Quote:

I'm going to the next star gazing family night at the Challenger Space Center Arizona, Peoria and see if I can get more questions answered.




This is a great idea. If you have the opportunity to view through some different kinds of scopes before buying your own you should take advantage of it.

Quote:

What do you think about the Meade ETX90.




My first telescope was an Orion 90mm mak not too different from the ETX90 but without the electronic mount. The scope gives nice sharp views of the moon, is pretty good on bright planets, and can see/detect the brighter Messiers from my light polluted skies. The best part about the scope is the size; it's tiny so it's easy to store and bring along. A larger scope will show more detail on all targets. A 4" refractor is a significant step up. A 5" or 6" reflector or SCT would be too.

Note all the above is for visual use. I don't really image other than the occasional snap shot. Imaging with the ETX90 would be practically limited to moon and planets due to the long focal length. Here's a snap of the moon with my 90mm mak:



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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: OrdinaryLight]
      #6484466 - 04/23/14 09:56 PM

There is a used NexStar 5 in the Classifieds for under $300.00
That is all you need and more! Plus it had Go-To, and the optics are Razor sharp! I trust George (the seller) absolutely!
It is the orig. NexStar but that isn't all bad.
The main thing I hear people beat them up about is you cannot update the handset. BUT here is what you get..
The mount is built MUCH better than the new SE versions.
I have had both. The motors are so much better you cannot believe till you use one side by side! There is 18,000
Objects, ALL you can see with a 5" plus a lot invisible in a 5".
By the way I kept my 5" and sold the NexStar SE, it was so much sloppier, noisy, and not as stable!
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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: orion61]
      #6485705 - 04/24/14 02:07 PM

Is this the one you gave away?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=440807&gclid=C...

If not can you send me a page like the above on the NexStar 5 please


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6485770 - 04/24/14 02:43 PM

Get one of the telescopes mentioned above the planets. Just use the SX20 zoom lens for your deep space shots. You will be limited to 15 second exposures with a tracking mount, but if you take lots of them they can be stacked for pictures of the Milky Way and some of the larger and brighter objects.

There is a lady on www.astrobin.com who takes great pictures with a similar camera, the SX40. Do an advanced on that site for SX40 or SX20 to see what has been done. Later you will probably want to upgrade to a DSLR.

Here are some images taken with the SX40, some directly through the zoom lens and others taken afocally through a telescope.

Gale

Edited by gdd (04/24/14 03:06 PM)


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: gdd]
      #6489834 - 04/26/14 01:06 PM

After some research I'm down to the meade rtx90 or the nexstar 5 se. Any comments or suggestions are very welcomed. I have one question what is meant by the f10 is it better if this number is lower or larger?

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490005 - 04/26/14 02:27 PM

I just bought an etx 90at. It's was a demo so I got a nice discount from the dealer. From your posts you and I have similar requirements. The etx is a pretty good scope - I went with it over the 5se for a couple of reasons : first, my wife is a birder so it's more dual use than the 5se for that. For eg, add the optional diagonal and it's essentially a 90mm spotting scope also, get the t-adaptor and t-ring for your camera and it's a hell of a telephoto lens. Of course the 5se can do both of those things, but it's not as ready to go out of the box. The second reason was money -$300 for 2.5 inches is a lot.

Don't forget that whatever scope you get you are going to need accessories - I'm finding my list of addons is approaching the cost of the scope!

Couple of things on the etx90 to know : new etx90s are a bit different than many of the ones discussed online- specifically the mount has been changed - there is no hard stop home position, the battery compartment is different, there is no AC adaptor plug (basically the 90 now comes with the 60/70/80 mount). Some of this is good (finding home position) some not so (AC adaptor). Just FYI for your decision.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490033 - 04/26/14 02:39 PM

Both are good scopes. I think the 5SE is better, but you also pay a bit more for it. I had the previous version of the 5SE (the Nexstar 5i) and it was a great scope.

You may want to keep your eye on the used market. Both are very common scopes and come up on the used market quite a bit.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #6490135 - 04/26/14 03:22 PM

do you mean the use market on this site?

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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490149 - 04/26/14 03:28 PM

Couple options. This site's classifieds. Ebay. Astromart (costs a little money to use). Craigslist (depends where you live as to if this is a good idea...I'm a bit cautious on this where I live).

There are neither scope on Astromart right now.

Just a word of caution...it's always a bit of a gamble when buying used...so look for someone who is a quality seller. Has sold a lot of stuff in the past. Etc.


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Re: Telescope Selection Help new [Re: drwho41963]
      #6490171 - 04/26/14 03:40 PM

is there a lens for the SE that will give me a wider View?

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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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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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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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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

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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.

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      #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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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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      #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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      #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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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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      #6495248 - 04/29/14 06:58 AM

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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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      #6498308 - 04/30/14 03:01 PM

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

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      #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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