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Peter9
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ftrobbie]
      #4001707 - 08/23/10 04:21 PM

That's a classic to be sure. Igenuity at it's best.

Many thanks for posting.(promise kept)

Regards. Peter.


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earthbot1
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Reged: 08/27/09

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ftrobbie]
      #4001739 - 08/23/10 04:38 PM

Is that the infamous flower pot dew shield? Beautiful location you got there.

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ftrobbie
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Reged: 06/12/10

Loc: Nottingham, UK
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: earthbot1]
      #4001889 - 08/23/10 05:49 PM

Yep it is,

When desperation sets in and you last 45 minutes without a dew shield and you are nowhere near someone that sells one, who do you call, Bill and Ben, the flowerpot men.

It works and I've still got it, will be getting a proper one soon though, it did turn a 6SE into a 5, due to the taper, but it was a nice snug fit

Regards

Rob


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Arthur Dent
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Loc: South Yorkshire, UK
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ftrobbie]
      #4002844 - 08/24/10 06:08 AM

Rob,

Did you notice any degredation of the image when you turned your 6SE into a 5+??

Neat bit of lateral thinking that. Can't help thinking that a 2nd unadulterated flowerpot (with the drainage holes in the bottom) might act as a kind of Hartmann mask (have to have large drainage holes though)?

Art


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ftrobbie
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #4002990 - 08/24/10 12:10 PM

Art

To be honest no, however I know it must of. But most things were quite bright. I suppose it relates to how sensitive your eyes are. The real test would be with a camera but I did not have one with me. I did try one night, once I had a 12v hairdryer, without it but it dewed up really quickly. Trying to pull the pot on and off to see a difference really did not work. It reminded me of the opticians, is it better with or without? I frustrate them as well.

Regards

rob


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kkokkolis
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Reged: 09/23/09

Loc: Piraeus, Greece
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ftrobbie]
      #4020407 - 09/01/10 05:25 PM Attachment (121 downloads)

How about a Nexstar 4SE Babydob? I tell you, it is fully usable and the handling is better and smoother than with my Manfrotto. This is what I call Grab n' Go!
If you like it I'll post more with full armor and maybe then a Nexstar 6SE Babydob (if my Minidob mount can handle the weight, I didn't try it yet).
Questar lovers, I show you the way!


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Butik
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Reged: 08/31/10

Loc: Warsaw, Poland
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4021649 - 09/02/10 09:26 AM

Hi all! I am new here. Greetings from Warsaw, Poland.

Just got my 6SE and I am stunned after first day.

Here's my 5-yr old son doing the first test



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Peter9
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Butik]
      #4021672 - 09/02/10 09:43 AM

Hi Butik and welcome to the Nexstar forum.

I've got a fine scope, as you already seem to have discovered, in the 6se. Hope you and your Son get hours of pleasure from it's use.

Thanks for posting.

Regards. Peter.


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Skip
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Loc: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Butik]
      #4021974 - 09/02/10 12:27 PM

Welcome Butik!!!

That is a great little scope and a fine looking young man working with it. Visit us often.

Best regards,


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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4023587 - 09/03/10 04:12 AM Attachment (131 downloads)

All right, either you were waiting for it or not, Ií m too excited to hold back, so here it is: My Celestron McDob, also known as Unwinded Mandarin (unofficially Mighty Mouse).
Here we have a tandem multi purpose night configuration. There are also Solar, Planetary, Widefield and Terestrial configurations, with GOTO or without.


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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4023602 - 09/03/10 04:26 AM Attachment (96 downloads)

You can see here the Skywatcher Minidob Dobsonian mount which acts exactly as the single arm Nexstar Altazimouth mount but manually. Zenith view is almost as easy if you place the whole setup on a tall enough table.
The double EP setup permits wide views through the rear Antares 0.63 focal reducer/ corrector and a widefield EP such as an Hyperion 24mm. After locating the object you flip the switch and an Hyperion Zoom 24-8 or an Ortho 9 or 6mm, or Nagler 7mm is engaged, providing up to 150-220x for planetary. Then flip the switch again for almost 2 degrees TFOV and focus on that open cluster.


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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4023609 - 09/03/10 04:33 AM Attachment (95 downloads)

Since a Rigel makes the stock RDF irrelevant, I am waiting for a Celestron GLP and a 8x50 Finder, with quick release base that fits without the need of a shoe. Then my SV F50 will be restricted to the 6SE.
If anybody has ever tried these 2 products (now discontinued I believe, I found them used) please give me a clue till tomorrow. With almost the same money I might get a HoTech Astro Aimer Gen II - Green Laser, Red/White Flashlight Combo, but I will need to buy another base for it and glue it on the sleek 4SE's tube- that would be ugly!


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NeoZavier
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #4095106 - 10/05/10 06:07 PM Attachment (89 downloads)

Here are my 2 beauties!!!


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Doc Willie
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Loc: Mid-Hudson Valley, NY, USA
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Peter9]
      #4107769 - 10/11/10 02:23 PM

Here is Tigger (so named because I dropped it the third time out. It actually bounced. Broke the diagonal, but suffered no other damage and kept collimation):


Additions include a 10 x 50 RACI finder, WO 2" diagonal, AstroZab dew heater, Orion binoviewers, and a random, still-evolving collection of eyepieces.


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Oleg V.J.
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Reged: 10/11/10

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Peter9]
      #4107895 - 10/11/10 03:13 PM Attachment (98 downloads)

Hello everybody in this great forum!
I am a new owner (about a month) of a Nexstar 8SE, here is some my show-off! With my homemade solar filter (with Baader Photo ND3.2 Astrofilm)


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Arthur Dent
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Oleg V.J.]
      #4107985 - 10/11/10 03:45 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights Oleg and the NexStar forum in particular.



Looks like a Baader Hyperion 8-24mm Zoom you've got there - nice all-purpose EP.

Art


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Oleg V.J.
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Reged: 10/11/10

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Oleg V.J.]
      #4108038 - 10/11/10 04:10 PM Attachment (90 downloads)

Thank you!
Yes, Hyperion Zoom Mark III, very convenient - no need to switch between various EPs too often, only add or remove a Barlow. Also, I have a Celestron Focal reducer mounted permanently, and it clears above the battery lock just perfectly with original 1.25" diagonal. I also needed a counterweight (2 pounds) - it is seen as a lead bulk fixed with 2 chopsticks (bought in a shop for divers), because I needed to push the tube all the way possible ahead.


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NeoZavier
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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Oleg V.J.]
      #4109767 - 10/12/10 10:31 AM

Welcome and that filter looks great!

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rick rian
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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Oleg V.J.]
      #4112279 - 10/13/10 09:39 AM

Quote:

Hello everybody in this great forum!
I am a new owner (about a month) of a Nexstar 8SE, here is some my show-off! With my homemade solar filter (with Baader Photo ND3.2 Astrofilm)




Welcome Oleg!

Very interesting solar filter you have made, perhaps you can start a thread and show us how you did it.

Good looking setup you have,


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eric_zeiner
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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: rick rian]
      #4173531 - 11/09/10 08:42 AM Attachment (91 downloads)

Well here is my highly modified Orion Starseeker 80 that runs the Nexstar GT HC 104.0 platform. The mods that I did were to install a GSO 2" Dual Speed Crayford, a GSO 8x50RACI, a Pro Optic 2" dielectric diagonal and a Baader Nexstar dovetail conversion kit. The real improvements came in the mount and tripod where I created a 10" tall pier using 4" PVC pipe with couplers. What this does is it allows the scope to easily go to Zenith and with me being 6'4" tall, it puts the EP at a decent height for me. I also did away with the original tripod and got a leg set from a Meade LXD500 tripod and I fit them to the original tripod head. The EP tray is made from a stainless steel Servers tray that I got from the restaurant and winery that I work at. This scope is about a year old and it performs so well that I felt it was deserving of these upgrades. The whole transformation took me the full year to complete.

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