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elisek
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Re: do you have a photo of your set up? new [Re: Peter9]
      #5669511 - 02/08/13 05:59 PM

Thanks for the photo. Nice, but do you think the Orion 6X30 RACI will give me enough view space looking through on my Nexstar 6? Or the 9X50 is worth the extra bulk on the 6?

BTW: I like the base of your green laser... it is a nice streamlined one and it looks good on the OTA, what brand is it or did you make it yourself? The problem I'd have is screwing it into the OTA so I am scared I'd wreck it.


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Re: Nexstar6 Starpointer Finder Problem? Swap w/what? new [Re: hopskipson]
      #5669738 - 02/08/13 08:42 PM

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I use the star pointer. I find if you seat the pointer on its base it will align just fine. If you don't take care it will be too far off and impossible to align. Some folks have experienced the need for a shim to help with alignment. Hope this helps in getting you up and running.




That was my experience with my 6SE. I ended up unscrewing the base and all of a sudden it rotated a little bit counter-clockwise, and I was able to align it. Guessing that they didn't assemble it properly.

I'm still looking for substitutes--dang thing just about turns me into a contortionist.


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Sorny
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Re: Nexstar6 Starpointer Finder Problem? Swap w/what? new [Re: jturie]
      #5669827 - 02/08/13 09:49 PM

I've never taken the cheap pointer off of my Nexstar 5 and haven't had to adjust it wrt to the main scope in years. Get a reticle eyepiece and line up Polaris and align both to match. During alignment after this, you'll be real close each time. You use a finder on a go-to scope for all of like 3 minutes to line up 2 stars and then shut it off after alignment.

I liked the cheapie red-dot so much, I added one to my CPC1100 so I didn't have to use a regular finder. There are a lot worse ways to spend $20 in this hobby than the el-cheapo celestron red-dot. If you've got a go-to scope, you don't need anything else aside from a reticle eyepiece to do spot-on alignments.


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Re: do you have a photo of your set up? new [Re: elisek]
      #5670249 - 02/09/13 07:56 AM

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Thanks for the photo. Nice, but do you think the Orion 6X30 RACI will give me enough view space looking through on my Nexstar 6? Or the 9X50 is worth the extra bulk on the 6?

BTW: I like the base of your green laser... it is a nice streamlined one and it looks good on the OTA, what brand is it or did you make it yourself? The problem I'd have is screwing it into the OTA so I am scared I'd wreck it.




Hi Elisek,

Thanks for your comments on my scope. It's marvelous what a few standard add-ons will do.

I'm sure a 6x30 will serve you well on the 6se and give you the reqiuired FOV. You can always up-grade later if needs be.

My Laser bracket is not SCREWED on. It is held in place by double sided sticky tape. It has not moved nor gone out of alignment since I fitted it over two years ago.
I certainly would not dismantle and drill my scope when a perfectly adequate and proven alterative is available.

That said, I don't think the brackets can be sourced in the states. John (Artic Eddie) made enquirers a couple of years ago and draw a blank. For what its worth, here's where I bought mine.

http://www.scopesnskies.com/prod/laser/pointer/green-laser-pointer%20bracket/...

Regards. Peter.


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Re: do you have a photo of your set up? [Re: Peter9]
      #5672528 - 02/10/13 03:03 PM

After my first night, I found myself being a contortionist. The red dot worked well for me. But I like the idea of a RACI. Since I am close to the airport, the use of a green laser wouldn't be a good idea. How are the Orion RACI products?

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