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Texano78704
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Nexstar 127 SLT or 5 SE? new
      #5694916 - 02/22/13 02:56 PM

Hi all. I'm new here and to astronomy as well. I'm interested in getting new telescope and was looking at some five inch scopes. The 127 SLT and 5 SE seem to be similar in size and similar in features. However, the 5 SE is priced a couple hundred dollars more. So, I'm wondering what if anything is gained by spending a little more. Am I just missing something?

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Re: Nexstar 127 SLT or 5 SE? new [Re: Texano78704]
      #5695355 - 02/22/13 06:34 PM

Welcome aboard Tex. The SE mount is much more robust than the SLT. I love my SLT mount, but they do need some work to get them to be respectably sturdy. The 5 SE is also a Schmit Cassegrain scope, and has a slightly faster focal ratio than the SLT's Maksutov Cassegrain design. The Maksutov will also have a little bit better performance at the edge of your field of view.

Good luck with your choice.


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Re: Nexstar 127 SLT or 5 SE? new [Re: watcher]
      #5695626 - 02/22/13 08:58 PM

Hi Texano & Welcome to the forum!

As watcher said, the biggest difference is in the mount. The tripod is a lot heavier and allows you to use the scope at higher magnification with less vibration. The mount itself is also more heavy duty with better motors and a more solid arm. All in all it means a more stable view and better accuracy on gotos and tracking.

-Dan


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Re: Nexstar 127 SLT or 5 SE? new [Re: Texano78704]
      #5696558 - 02/23/13 12:56 PM

IF one cares to do an ebay search there is one seller offering 127SLT just under $400 and has several !
This might influene your decision.


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Texano78704
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Re: Nexstar 127 SLT or 5 SE? [Re: BigC]
      #5697009 - 02/23/13 05:17 PM

I saw the 127 SLT on eBay, which sort of prompted the question. Thanks, and thanks to all for the input.

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