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BANZAIKEV
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NEW 8SE new
      #5839492 - 05/04/13 02:41 AM

Hey everyone, I just purchased a new 8SE and I was wondering. Do I need to remove the OTA after every use or is it alright to leave it mounted.

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Tel
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: BANZAIKEV]
      #5839517 - 05/04/13 03:39 AM

Hi Kevin,

Welcome to CN and to this Nexstar forum ! It's always good to greet new members !

In answer to your question, it's your choice. It certainly won't do any harm to leave the OTA in place on the mount but if you have any fears regarding its safety, then remove it, if you think necessary, for your greater peace of mind.

Best regards,
Tel


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BANZAIKEV
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: Tel]
      #5839606 - 05/04/13 06:06 AM

Thanks Tel

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Peter9
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: BANZAIKEV]
      #5839643 - 05/04/13 07:15 AM

Hi Kevin and welcome to the forum.

I always stored my scope fully assembled. Prior to getting my observatory, I had only to carry it a few yards to my shed which I considered less hazardous than removing the O.T.A each time. If you have far to move it, then its a six and two three's as to which is best.

Regards. Peter.


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ben2112
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: Peter9]
      #5839667 - 05/04/13 07:51 AM

Hi Keven. Welcome to CN

I keep mine assembled all the time.

And to help ease your mind even more..

Here is a pic of it assembled and in a case.. This pic comes from Celestron's site.

Pic

Edited by ben2112 (05/04/13 03:38 PM)


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Arctic_Eddie
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: ben2112]
      #5839716 - 05/04/13 08:37 AM

There's far more chance of damage when removing/installing the OTA than leaving it fully assembled. Several people have damaged the OTA by not realizing that it was not fully seated in the dovetail slot.

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Midnight Dan
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: Arctic_Eddie]
      #5839751 - 05/04/13 09:12 AM

Hi Kevin:

Like many others, I leave mine fully assembled on the tripod. I can pick the whole thing up and carry it (carefully!!) outside, which makes it a lot more convenient and quick to get going. Plus ... my wife says it makes a nice conversation piece sitting in the corner of the living room!

Also, like Arctic Eddie says, I think it's a bit safer. When I used to assemble it every time, I once forgot to screw in the 3 screws from the tripod to the mount. *Almost* had a disaster! Luckily I bumped it lightly and noticed it was loose before anything serious happened.

-Dan


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tim57064
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5839879 - 05/04/13 10:50 AM

Wow Dan,your wife must enjoy astronomy also. I would love to be able to have my scope in the living room.I might spend more time in there, with her,if it were. LOL! There is nothing in the main part of the house that belongs to me. A female decorating thing I guess, Sorry to all the gals here.

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Midnight Dan
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: tim57064]
      #5839926 - 05/04/13 11:23 AM

Actually, my wife is not really into astronomy. She has come out and taken a look at some of the showpiece targets and does enjoy seeing them on occasion. But 5 minutes is about the limit of her interest.

I think it's more that she and I share an interest in the "engineering and science" side of life. She works as a materials engineer so she appreciates technology.

-Dan


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geekgroupie
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Re: NEW 8SE [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5840372 - 05/04/13 04:23 PM

I used to disassemble when load/unload out of vehicle. Did end up with 5" OTA falling out of truck and breaking. Oh well, great excuse to upgrade. Now, I'm *very* careful. Plus, I have ADD and have to go in slow motion to be normal. My suggestion = consider all variables involved.

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AstroTatDad
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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: BANZAIKEV]
      #5844040 - 05/06/13 05:21 PM

I keep my 6SE fully assembled, you just never know when you want to take it out, nice to have it ready.

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Re: NEW 8SE new [Re: tim57064]
      #5854366 - 05/11/13 08:33 PM

Quote:

Wow Dan,your wife must enjoy astronomy also. I would love to be able to have my scope in the living room.I might spend more time in there, with her,if it were. LOL! There is nothing in the main part of the house that belongs to me. A female decorating thing I guess, Sorry to all the gals here.




Not this gal... I would luv to have a house so full of scopes that one would be decorated as the Christmas tree


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