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astroman68
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Show off your NexStar
      #1729944 - 07/21/07 04:26 AM Attachment (2036 downloads)

I'm starting a post here to see how everyone else sets up their equipment, please post your pictures, etc, here.

My setup is a C8-NGT with a skywatcher capricorn 707 and meade 12mm illuminated reticule for guiding. My cameras are a Praktica TL5B SLR and a canon 300d DLSR for prime focus astrophotography.

Clear Skies, Paul


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eric_zeiner
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: astroman68]
      #1730345 - 07/21/07 11:57 AM Attachment (2135 downloads)

Here you go.

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Hal Pollner

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Loc: Southern California Desert
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: eric_zeiner]
      #1730364 - 07/21/07 12:11 PM Attachment (2571 downloads)


Here's my new 8SE, which I've had since July 10.

The first accessory I installed was the most important accessory for the way I use my scopes...a Green Laser Pointer! This one has a push-on, push-off switch, which will keep the beam in the sky while I manipulate the slewing buttons on my hand controller. The lasers on my other scopes have the momentary switch, which is not as convenient.

This is an indispensable navigational aid; projecting a laser beam and watching as it approaches and targets my alignment stars. Looking through a Red Dot finder or a Telrad is just too uncomfortable.

Next, I ordered the "Wing Thing" to further enhance my comfort while operating the Hand Controller.

My third enhancement was the addition of a 2" Meade UHTC diagonal, to enable me to use both 1.25" and 2" oculars.

More changes to follow!

HAL

Edited by Hal Pollner (07/22/07 06:24 PM)


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fishnbanjo
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Reged: 08/21/04

Loc: Maine
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: astroman68]
      #1730386 - 07/21/07 12:28 PM







Not shown is the Dew Shield and still waiting to get the Wing Thing.


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GordonCopestake
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Loc: Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: fishnbanjo]
      #1730647 - 07/21/07 02:59 PM

Heres my Nexstar 6SE. A few small mods:

Oversize focus knob (beats the little plastic nubbin supplied!)
182mm Synta tube rings (for better balance with a DSLR or binoviewers)
an Antres 9x50 RACI finder (1000x better than the plastic red dot finder)
2" Antres diagonal (I had a hard time finding a 1.25" SCT diagonal!)
Synta binoviewers (cheap and cheerful)

Even fully loaded it's lighter than any GEM i've owned!





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Hal Pollner

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Loc: Southern California Desert
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: GordonCopestake]
      #1731118 - 07/21/07 08:18 PM


HEY GORDON...

Looks good, and that focus knob is a practical improvement!

I think I'll turn up an oversize focus knob on my Lathe!

Hal

Edited by Hal Pollner (07/22/07 06:29 PM)


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ace50252
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Loc: South Side Des Moines, Iowa
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #1731172 - 07/21/07 08:50 PM Attachment (1518 downloads)

Here is my 9.25" and the AT66ED in dual saddle configuration. I have since added the AT80D and waiting for the triplet lense to arrive from Hong Kong.

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ace50252
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ace50252]
      #1731178 - 07/21/07 08:55 PM Attachment (1017 downloads)

And annother with dual refractors. AT66ED with the Orion 100 ST.

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ace50252
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ace50252]
      #1731186 - 07/21/07 08:59 PM Attachment (1625 downloads)

I also have a snap of the 6SE geared up and ready to go. This OTA can work on the other mount for imaging.

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ace50252
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ace50252]
      #1731212 - 07/21/07 09:22 PM Attachment (1204 downloads)

And another view.

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astroman68
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Reged: 07/09/07

Loc: West Yorkshire, UK
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ace50252]
      #1732369 - 07/22/07 03:32 PM

Looks like this post I started has got the ball rolling.

Partically the variation and setup of equipment
Keep them coming.

Regards, Paul


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GordonCopestake
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: astroman68]
      #1733398 - 07/23/07 03:35 AM

Hi Hal,
it is a big improvment on the original. Although it's a little too large with a 2" diagonal (i really only need a 1.25" diagonal but nobody seems to sell a 1.25" SCT.) The larger section is great for fine focus and the smaller section if fine for whizing to close focus quickly. It's a recommended upgrade. From memory the brass shaft is 15mm OD. Mine just has 2 little grub screws to hold it in place.


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bkushner
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #1733528 - 07/23/07 07:25 AM

Quote:


Here's my new 8SE, which I've had since July 10.





Will it ever see light?


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ace50252
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bkushner]
      #1733729 - 07/23/07 10:12 AM

Quote:

Quote:


Here's my new 8SE, which I've had since July 10.





Will it ever see light?


It might after a couple of years because it's going to take him that long to build the knob.

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Hal Pollner

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Loc: Southern California Desert
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bkushner]
      #1733743 - 07/23/07 10:21 AM Attachment (1520 downloads)

HEY BRIAN:

For your satisfaction, no...it will never see light.

As you know, I never buy telescopes to use...only to HAVE.

HAROLD (Here's lookin' at YOU, Brian!)

Edited by Hal Pollner (07/23/07 10:44 AM)


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strgazr
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #1739379 - 07/25/07 09:45 PM

lol great pic Hal looks like you got the good stuff

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Hal Pollner

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: strgazr]
      #1754335 - 08/02/07 08:15 PM


Well...you know...I mean like hey, why not, Man?

HAL

Want your camel to gallop? Just whip him 3 times on the withers with your riding crop and shout: "HUT HUT HUT!"

Edited by Hal Pollner (08/02/07 08:20 PM)


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b1gred
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Hal Pollner]
      #1754482 - 08/02/07 09:39 PM

topic?

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Magellan
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Reged: 01/26/06

Loc: Enfield, NS Canada
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: astroman68]
      #1756871 - 08/04/07 01:12 AM Attachment (1497 downloads)

This is my heavily modded Nexstar 102SLT

Edited by Magellan (08/04/07 01:12 AM)


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Starlighter
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Loc: Sunny California
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Magellan]
      #1759744 - 08/05/07 03:49 PM

Where can I purchase a "Wing Thing" and will it work with my NexStar 6 SE?

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