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Oz Alfert
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Reged: 11/06/10

Loc: Goldsby, Oklahoma
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: rick rian]
      #4273053 - 12/26/10 05:41 PM

Cool... I'll do that.

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mrki233
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Loc: Carlsbad, CA
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bcuddihee]
      #4273675 - 12/26/10 11:34 PM

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I'd be interested in the surveyor tripod interface with the nexstar base. Please...some pics and specs.




Another option is the Celestron Heavy Duty CPC tripod. It has the same bolt pattern as the 6/8SE mounts. I have a CPC-1100 and a 6SE and they can both use the same tripod! The HD tripod is VERY sturdy and you can extend the legs further than you can on the SE mount. Celestron sells this tripod separately for around $379.

Edited by mrki233 (12/26/10 11:36 PM)


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bcuddihee
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: rick rian]
      #4274556 - 12/27/10 02:32 PM

Yes that would be great. Have been looking for a way to make the 8se a bit more stable.
Thanks in advance.
bc


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sonny.barile
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: In the middle of the glow.
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bcuddihee]
      #4275167 - 12/27/10 08:04 PM Attachment (119 downloads)

I wanted an SCT since I first laid eyes on one in Astronomy Magazine 28 years ago. I finally broke down and bought a Celestron Nexstar 8se.
My daughter has affectionately dubbed it Garfield.

(Sorry about the bad image......it was done with my notebook cam)

Edited by sonny.barile (12/27/10 08:07 PM)


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Oz Alfert
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Reged: 11/06/10

Loc: Goldsby, Oklahoma
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: sonny.barile]
      #4275278 - 12/27/10 09:32 PM

Cool. It's a reverse image, just like looking through a diagonal.

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sonny.barile
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Reged: 10/19/10

Loc: In the middle of the glow.
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Oz Alfert]
      #4275362 - 12/27/10 10:21 PM

Thats the default with my "built-in" webcam on the Mac Book Pro.......I could have flipped it but that would require me to actually remember to do so. LOL

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TmaninTn
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Reged: 12/19/10

Loc: Nashville, TN USA
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: sonny.barile]
      #4281731 - 12/31/10 02:16 AM

Fresh out of the box in the last few hours, here's my brand new 6SE SCT with the Celestron EP kit, power pack, Neximage webcam, Astrozap Dew Shield and the Skywire RS-232 cord for the SkySafari iPhone app.





Big fat load of clouds came with the shipment, but good lord am I ready to gaze upon the heavens.


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Tel
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Reged: 03/31/06

Loc: Wallingford England
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: TmaninTn]
      #4281883 - 12/31/10 07:06 AM

Looking good, Tim, but we share your weather frustrations over here in the UK.

Personally, I honestly can't remember when I last saw the Sun and the only clear night of late was that following Christmas Day. However, with a temperature drop that evening to -8C (14F) I can't say that I had any enthusiasm to venture outside !

Best regards,
Tel


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TmaninTn
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Reged: 12/19/10

Loc: Nashville, TN USA
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Tel]
      #4283032 - 12/31/10 04:43 PM

Tel,

I was able to get a few cloud breaks for minutes at a time, and although I didn't have enough in view to get the A2SA going I was able to get a nice view of Jupiter for about ten seconds before the next cloud came along. It was a total tease but it was better than nothing. The view I did get was spectacular though, I can't wait to get this thing running under decent conditions.


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pedalmasher
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Reged: 12/16/10

Loc: Florida
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: eric_zeiner]
      #4284850 - 01/01/11 02:01 PM

Sage, that is one cool setup!

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ChrisNaude
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Reged: 01/02/11

Loc: AZ
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: pedalmasher]
      #4287398 - 01/02/11 06:27 PM

I got a 6SE for Xmas.


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Arthur Dent
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Loc: South Yorkshire, UK
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ChrisNaude]
      #4287414 - 01/02/11 06:36 PM

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



Lots of friendly folks on here - not to mention knowledgeable. Any questions - just ask away.

Art


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ChrisNaude
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Reged: 01/02/11

Loc: AZ
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #4287458 - 01/02/11 06:59 PM

Thanks! Here's one more pic. I can't wait try this out. We've had clouds almost every night.


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Peter9
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Reged: 10/30/08

Loc: Yorkshire - Born & Bred
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ChrisNaude]
      #4288299 - 01/03/11 07:01 AM

Congrats on getting the 6SE Chris, it's a fine scope.

The clouds come as a standard extra I'm afraid.

Regards. Peter.


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Tel
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Peter9]
      #4288333 - 01/03/11 07:35 AM

Hi Chris,

A very warm welcome to CN and to this forum !

A great choice of 'scope which I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Interesting, the camera connection. Are you also already into or intending to get into astrophotography ?

Best regards,
Tel


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ChrisNaude
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Reged: 01/02/11

Loc: AZ
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Tel]
      #4288461 - 01/03/11 09:32 AM

Quote:

A very warm welcome to CN and to this forum !

A great choice of 'scope which I'm sure you'll enjoy.

Interesting, the camera connection. Are you also already into or intending to get into astrophotography ?





I would like to get into astronomy/astrophotography. My primary hobby for the past few years has been photography, which has been expensive just by itself. You can see my photos at http://chrisnaude.smugmug.com.

My intention is to start small. I'll start off with the photographing the moon. I've spent hours reading articles and threads on this site. Eventually I'd like to do long exposures. I figure I'll need a wedge mount, guide scope, ccd camera, and a few filters.

I just received 8-24mm celestron zoom lens. I'm waiting for a 2X barlow and power adapter to arrive in the mail real soon as well.

Edited by ChrisNaude (01/03/11 09:42 AM)


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ac1
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Reged: 01/12/11

Loc: Utica, NY USA
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ChrisNaude]
      #4315387 - 01/15/11 12:44 AM

Chris, I thought the payload max for the NexStar mount was 12 pounds. How do you get it anywhere near stable enough with the camera attached to take decent pictures? Doesn't the camera weight toss it over the payload max? I also thought that to take pics, particularly extended exposures, you need an equatorial mount. Wrong again, I presume?

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Tel
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: ac1]
      #4315529 - 01/15/11 05:16 AM

Hi ac1,

A very warm welcome to CN and to this Nexstar forum !

The 6SE uses the same mount as the 8SE which in turn supports the weight of the 8SE's optical tube assembly, (approx. 11lb/5Kg); the 6SE's OTA weight being a little less.

This is however unladed weight, i.e. devoid of any accessories such as finder scopes, dew shields, 2" diagonals, focal reducers, heavyweight eyepieces, etc. Thus, the 8SE can actually take an extra safe loading of up to about 9 lbs (4Kg), making a total loading on the mount of ca. 20lbs (9Kg).

As to taking images, the 6SE/8SE's alt.az. mount is indeed suitable for short exposures up to about 30 seconds, maybe a little more, depending on several factors and conditions but for anything much longer than this, then yes, the OTA must be equatorially mounted in order to prevent the effects of field rotation.

Hoping this helps,
Best regards,
Tel

Edited by Tel (01/15/11 05:24 PM)


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pedalmasher
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Reged: 12/16/10

Loc: Florida
Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #4319899 - 01/17/11 08:40 AM Attachment (99 downloads)

My 8SE

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TmaninTn
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Reged: 12/19/10

Loc: Nashville, TN USA
Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: pedalmasher]
      #4320553 - 01/17/11 02:00 PM

Lookin good Sandy! I was wondering if you have noticed a big difference with the new diagonal, if that is indeed different than the one that comes with the scope.

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