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bcuddihee
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: spiphoto]
      #5657020 - 02/01/13 07:38 PM

The diagonal is a Williams Optic dielectric with an active cooling fan installed,,,see the intake vents at the front of the OTA. The 80mm finder gives me the ability to see larger clusters and browse star-fields along with the ability to find fainter DSO'S than the 50mm finder allows. The wide angle views complement the sct beautifully.
bc


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Tim J K
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bcuddihee]
      #5657160 - 02/01/13 09:21 PM

Very nice setup! I like the idea of the active cooling and the 80mm finder.

Tim


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spiphoto
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Tim J K]
      #5658422 - 02/02/13 04:08 PM

thanks fantastic....never heard of cooling fan for the diagonal....serious stuff for sure.....anyway its a beautiful set up for certain. I have been considering the feathertouch for my 8se..just wondering what you think of it maybe compared to motorfocus

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bcuddihee
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: spiphoto]
      #5658821 - 02/02/13 08:02 PM

never had a motofocus, but the feather-touch works great. One less motorized item as well. The item that contributed most to focusing and image stability was the heavy duty tripod. Well worth the investment.

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bcuddihee]
      #5695511 - 02/22/13 08:00 PM

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Latest iteration with an Antares 80mm finder added. Surprisingly still tracks fine.




That's a really nice setup you have there.
It really shows the possibilities of how far you can push the basic 8SE.

Could you please post a close-up image and/or explanation of how you've attached the 50mm finder to the inboard side.
It looks good there and I like how it moves some weight to the other side of the arm.

Cheers
Jim


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bcuddihee
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: UncleMossy]
      #5696182 - 02/23/13 08:47 AM Attachment (101 downloads)

I simply used two cable ties. works like a charm.

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Arctic_Eddie
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bcuddihee]
      #5696507 - 02/23/13 12:26 PM

Here's a nice device from ADM, a saddle block. It attaches to the rail and can be used for small scopes and cameras. It also helps the balance situation and puts the extra weight to the left of the AL bearing.

http://admaccessories.com/V_Series_Dovetail_Adapter.htm


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Ed Fortier
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Arctic_Eddie]
      #5696648 - 02/23/13 01:51 PM Attachment (90 downloads)

My Nexstar has been sitting in my office since last summer, which is why I haven't posted in a long time. (I love the scope but I really hate the cold.) I read the forum daily and am still very thankful to everyone who tried to help with the scope's retrograde slewing problem last year. In the end, a new mount was the solution. But it's still February and another snowstorm is on the way. Summer seems a long way off.

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Ed Fortier
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Ed Fortier]
      #5705508 - 02/28/13 02:58 PM Attachment (72 downloads)

My new William Optics 2" diagonal arrived yesterday, so now the Nexstar can wait for warm weather with a little more pride in its tilt.

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: astroman68]
      #5739814 - 03/17/13 10:30 PM Attachment (65 downloads)

my nexstar 5i SE

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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: mikereg]
      #5743408 - 03/19/13 04:34 PM Attachment (97 downloads)

After my last observing session, with Skywire.
I stopped after 3 hours because of a backlash problem I need to fix in altitude.


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spiphoto
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: mikereg]
      #5744573 - 03/20/13 07:11 AM

nice...what is that little gizmo on the tripod tray?

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spiphoto
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #5744574 - 03/20/13 07:12 AM

Cool setup......I like the stars on the dew shield. Hope you have good viewing

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kkokkolis
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: spiphoto]
      #5744776 - 03/20/13 09:56 AM

Thanks. On the tripod you can see the Skywire, connected on an iPhone or iPod (I use both) that is hidden behind the arm.

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Seiko4169
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: kkokkolis]
      #5762940 - 03/28/13 06:45 PM Attachment (55 downloads)

Here is my trusty Nexstar 5i

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Seiko4169
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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Seiko4169]
      #5762947 - 03/28/13 06:47 PM Attachment (68 downloads)

Here is a Nexstar Edge HD

Edited by Seiko4169 (03/28/13 07:51 PM)


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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Seiko4169]
      #5762951 - 03/28/13 06:48 PM Attachment (57 downloads)

Last one showing size between the 2

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CelestronDaddy
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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Seiko4169]
      #5768459 - 03/31/13 10:23 AM

Nice ones! Those should get the job done, g....

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Ed Fortier
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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: CelestronDaddy]
      #5768802 - 03/31/13 01:28 PM

When I retired about ten years ago I bought a Nexstar 5i. I subsequently had it Supercharged by Dr. Sherrod following a collimation debacle. It was an outstanding scope -- great optics and dead-on go-to. I only sold it because I couldn't resist getting the 8SE. I often wish I hadn't -- the 5i was a keeper even if I had no reason to keep it.

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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Ed Fortier]
      #5768842 - 03/31/13 01:47 PM

Ed,

I currently have a 6SE OTA and C8 Ultima OTA. My 6 is so perfect and clear and my 8 is not so clear and perfect. The guy I bought the 8 from said it needed to be collimated. I have not collimated a SCT before so I am sort of procrastinating. I am hoping to find a simple way to collimate it. But anyway I am holding on to this 6SE until I make sure the 8 is worth keeping. Also this is my second C8 / 8SE and the first one had similar views even when cooled down.

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When I retired about ten years ago I bought a Nexstar 5i. I subsequently had it Supercharged by Dr. Sherrod following a collimation debacle. It was an outstanding scope -- great optics and dead-on go-to. I only sold it because I couldn't resist getting the 8SE. I often wish I hadn't -- the 5i was a keeper even if I had no reason to keep it.




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