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Re: Celestron Nexstar 8SE Astrophotography Stability new [Re: eholloway315]
      #6201225 - 11/18/13 08:37 AM Attachment (51 downloads)

You can do astrophotography with the Nexstar 8se. I made a homemade wedge and use an off axis guider. I can get 600" subs. I think it is a great telescope and it comes off the wedge very easy to use in alt/az mode for planet and terrestrial viewing. Here is the horsehead nebula from 13 x 300" subs.

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Re: Celestron Nexstar 8SE Astrophotography Stability new [Re: setiv2]
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M76 the Little Dumbbell with 10 x 600" subs

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Re: Celestron Nexstar 8SE Astrophotography Stability new [Re: setiv2]
      #6201229 - 11/18/13 08:39 AM Attachment (38 downloads)

Star field near the star Caph using 5 x 600" subs.

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Re: Celestron Nexstar 8SE Astrophotography Stability new [Re: eholloway315]
      #6220358 - 11/27/13 09:39 PM

A simple solution to stabilize the SE is to hang a 1gal bottle filed with water or sand, or else use tension cords. Both go a long way to stabilize the mount. Otherwise purchase a zeq25 and you are good to go.

On another thread, lamplite came up with a brilliant solution:

Just add a bungee cords at the bottom of your legs. This will stabilize the mount considerably. Wont help much with the mount, that does have some wiggle to it.


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