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jhirsch
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: jturie]
      #5605857 - 01/05/13 12:45 AM

Jack
I absolutely love my Telrad. The biggest reason I have it on the 6se though is the fact that I bought the 6se used and the RDF didn't work. Even replaced the battery and still no luck. I had the Telrad from my previous set up so I thought what the heck. Gave it a try and... needless to say it ain't comin off anytime soon. It is about as long as the OTA but my boys think it looks cool...


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bindibadgi
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Loc: Canberra, Australia
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: jhirsch]
      #5605990 - 01/05/13 03:52 AM

Brand new!

102SLT
13" dovetail
Rings (for the dovetail)
Electronic focuser
2" dielectric diagonal
8x50 RA finder (not new)
Hyperion 8-24 EP (not new)

I tried to give you some idea of the weather it caused. It has been crystal clear for ages now, but today it was 104 deg F (40 Celcius) and the storms have rolled in. I should apply for a grant from the government to buy scopes and put an end to the drought!

I swear, they predicted for no rain at all!!



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spiphoto
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Reged: 12/05/12

Loc: Michigan
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bindibadgi]
      #5608148 - 01/06/13 11:35 AM

Fantastic!! Do you try photography with this?

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usfpaul82
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Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Lakeland, Fl
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: spiphoto]
      #5611888 - 01/08/13 12:42 PM

Hey guys. I finally got a few pics of my setup. I have had her for about a month now and am absolutely hooked!

WO 2" Diagonal, JMI motofocus, I am looking into possibly upgrading my finder, but I actually like the red dot. Seems like it would be a little more difficult to point the scope at a alignment star with a RACI, i could be wrong though. I will also be putting in an order for the wing thing bracket for the handcontrol. Thanks for looking!





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spiphoto
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: usfpaul82]
      #5611908 - 01/08/13 12:59 PM

Nice....did you find much difference with the WO diagonal? I have been toying with the idea of the JMI focuser...what is your take on it. Nice scope....enjoy

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usfpaul82
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Reged: 12/13/12

Loc: Lakeland, Fl
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: spiphoto]
      #5612034 - 01/08/13 02:16 PM

Quote:

Nice....did you find much difference with the WO diagonal? I have been toying with the idea of the JMI focuser...what is your take on it. Nice scope....enjoy




The reason why I went with a 2" diagonal is so I could use the wide angle 2" eyepieces. Honestly, I chose the WO because I liked the way it looked, I doubt there is much difference optically to some of the other diagonals out there. I really like the focuser, I used the scope a few nights when I first got it without it and felt the shakiness annoying but manageable, the focuser really helps with high power planetary viewing IMO.


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Midnight Dan
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: usfpaul82]
      #5612121 - 01/08/13 02:59 PM

Nice looking rig! I got the WO 2" diagonal for the same reason. Love the way it looks!

Nothing wrong with the red dot finder if you don't find it uncomfortable. Most of us move to a RACI or GLP just because we don't like contorting our old backs into the position needed to look through it!

-Dan


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usfpaul82
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Reged: 12/13/12

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5612148 - 01/08/13 03:16 PM

Quote:

Nice looking rig! I got the WO 2" diagonal for the same reason. Love the way it looks!

Nothing wrong with the red dot finder if you don't find it uncomfortable. Most of us move to a RACI or GLP just because we don't like contorting our old backs into the position needed to look through it!

-Dan




but isn't it harder to get the scope in the right direction with a RACI? With the red dot, sure I have to bend down, but i can make a strait line with my vision to the star from the red dot. With the RACI, you are not looking straight up at the sky, is it harder to get to where you want to be?


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Midnight Dan
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: usfpaul82]
      #5612183 - 01/08/13 03:32 PM

If you're using it for starhopping, then a straight through finder, or a unity finder like a red dot or Telrad works best. But I find that with the 8SE, I only use the finder briefly during alignment. And even for that, the scope gets me in the vicinity so I really don't have to move very far. For that kind of use, it doesn't seem like a problem to not be looking at the sky.

What I DO find is a bit of a problem is the magnification of my 9x50 finder. To line it up, even initially, with a star like Polaris, I have to sight along the outside of the barrel to get it close enough to see the star in the magnified view. If I just had the RACI alone, I'd probably opt for a lower mag finder like a 6x30 because it shows a wider view. But I use both a GLP and a RACI. The GLP gets me close really quickly, and the 9x50 zeroes it in. An neither one requires that I get in an awkward position.

-Dan


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donnie3
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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5613006 - 01/09/13 12:39 AM

red dot, red dot, red dot!!!!!! i have a bunch of finder scopes in a box collecting dust. if you wont to upgrade buy orions ez finder deluxe reflex sight, its built like a tank and has 7 different brightness levels and different patterns. on sale for $ 55.99. donnie

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Arthur Dent
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Reged: 10/23/08

Loc: South Yorkshire, UK
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: donnie3]
      #5613170 - 01/09/13 06:00 AM

That finder is what I refer to as a Multi-reticle finder (MRF).



and here it is om my scope:



Mine didn't cost me 79.95 either (as a UK based supplier is charging).

Art


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usfpaul82
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Reged: 12/13/12

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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5613260 - 01/09/13 08:14 AM

Last question on this since I don't want to derail this thread to much, but is that multi reticle finder a direct fit with the 8se? Meaning I can use existing screws, or are you guys using double sided tape?

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Arthur Dent
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: usfpaul82]
      #5613351 - 01/09/13 09:15 AM

Nope, I didn't want to trust double-sided tape to hold the finder's shoe in place.

I removed the rear cell - documented here, drilling and then tapping holes in the aluminium casting of the rear cell.

The shoe for the multi-reticle finder should fit in place of the standard RDF as it only has a single machine screw (as can be seen in post #2982975 of the above thread), but I was also fitting a 9x50 RACI finder which you can see on the right-hand side of the rear cell behind the orange OTA and the slots for the screws wouldn't mate up with Celestron's existing holes in the rear cell.

Art


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Smittty692k4
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Arthur Dent]
      #5616002 - 01/10/13 06:23 PM

That ES24 really completes that package. I wish I woulda bought one when they were on sale.

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DawieZA
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Reged: 12/30/12

Loc: Johannesburg, South Africa
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Smittty692k4]
      #5634339 - 01/21/13 04:21 AM

Here is my stock 6SE. Summer rains are in full swing so I am waiting for clear skies for its first light.



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spiphoto
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Reged: 12/05/12

Loc: Michigan
Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: DawieZA]
      #5635197 - 01/21/13 03:22 PM

Yep...thats a nice scope for sure. What the heck is rain...its -10 windchill here.....

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bcuddihee
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: Starlighter]
      #5656774 - 02/01/13 05:04 PM Attachment (81 downloads)

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

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bcuddihee
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Re: Show off your NexStar new [Re: bcuddihee]
      #5656778 - 02/01/13 05:05 PM

another view

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bcuddihee
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Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: bcuddihee]
      #5656779 - 02/01/13 05:06 PM Attachment (78 downloads)

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spiphoto
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Loc: Michigan
Re: Show off your NexStar [Re: bcuddihee]
      #5656958 - 02/01/13 06:55 PM

Really nice. What is your diagonal? Tell what you use the 2 refractors for.

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