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#1426 Pilot87178d

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Posted 28 July 2019 - 03:13 PM

Hello all,

Tested for the first time my new Nexstar 6 SLT last night. Pretty happy with it so far. I will post a first light report if anyone is interested! Thanks

Surely...send it along!  Am considering the "6" or the "8" to add to the 5" refractor....do tell! 

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#1427 Chrispy

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 01:31 AM

Here is my rig.

Nexstar SLT mount with an ED80 doublet.

Heavy duty tripod with custom made connection for the SLT.

Ultra stable and a joy to use!

 

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#1428 Shawn_slt130

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 11:35 PM

Here's my SLT130, I have the wifi module but getting it to work reliably is still taxing. 

Saturn and Jupiter at 260x, 5mm celestron Xcel with a 2x Barlow, look amazing!

 

 

 

 

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#1429 donald41

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:21 PM

here is a photo of my 8" se. old lazy man setup.

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#1430 donald41

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Posted 18 August 2019 - 07:22 PM

another photo.

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#1431 LFORLEESEE

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Posted 22 August 2019 - 10:14 PM

My Nextstar 4SE is 10 years old and still working great .

 

It's used for white light solar, spotting scope for archery with a Revolution R12 camera and a great Luna scope.

 

 

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#1432 protocol_droid

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Posted 01 September 2019 - 03:59 PM

This is a post-unboxing pic of my scope & initial kit when it first came home with me after my very thoughtful ladypartner conspired with the whole fam damily to pitch in for my B'day and set me loose on the astronomy store with their gift cardswhee.gif
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The 1st time I set it up out back after unboxing:
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The kit has grown a bit since then smirk.gif; I plan to post a thread on customizing the organizer shown here once I get the foam installed, etc.
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this is a very cool euro style looking backyard. nice rig to boot!

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#1433 thundherr

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 04:45 PM

I also have a snap of the 6SE geared up and ready to go. This OTA can work on the other mount for imaging.

im not a fan of the small finder that came with my 8SE.   

is the larger finder on your 6SE  a celestron finder ?    

 

any feedback on what finder i should upgrade too would be appreciated.   

thank you.



#1434 thundherr

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 04:52 PM

My Nextstar 4SE is 10 years old and still working great .

 

It's used for white light solar, spotting scope for archery with a Revolution R12 camera and a great Luna scope.

Hello,

im interested in learning more about the attachment on to your eye piece,  it looks like binoculars.  

any feedback on how you use it and the manufacturer / model number would be appreciated.  

thank  you.



#1435 thundherr

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Posted 07 September 2019 - 04:57 PM

nice scope !       i need to get that dew shield for my scope.   

very frustrating to think im not focusing correctly just to realize that dew has covered the front glass of my scope.  lol  



#1436 Freighter109

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Posted 10 September 2019 - 09:53 AM

My first telescope and I'm proud to show it off. To start, space is limited, as I live in my rv. So I went with this and have a nice small case to store everything in. I ditched the stock visual back and went with a Baader ClickLock and adapter. I'm already eyeing a Baader diagonal with another ClickLock for the eyepieces. Perhaps overkill but I'm not a fan of the tiny screws holding things in. I added the wifi module and love it so far. I have a spare iPhone and plan to use it just for the scope. The stock red dot seems extremely cheap, yet it works. I can get skyalign working just fine with it. I'm looking to replace it with a Telrad though. I considered StarSense but wanted to do it manually to begin with and honestly, I'm fine with manual. I tried to find the JMI hand control side bracket, but it seems to be sold out everywhere. So I re-purposed an old magnetic phone mount from my truck. It gave me the angle I wanted for the hand control. When the HC is on the magnet, I hang the battery from the HC slot with two command hooks. A right angle power cable keeps things out of the way. Lastly, I'm eyeing dew shields. I got the Celestron branded one, but am looking at Astrozap with a heater. I figure get one now to deal with weather conditions wherever I may go. 

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#1437 sirjab

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 07:08 PM

Nexstar 6SE
2 x Barlow
Flip mirror
Zwo camera ASI224
Dew shield
12 volt supply

#1438 GregPPP

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 11:05 PM

Hi,

A newbie to CN here. Thought I would add a post here to keep the thread alive.

I have been setting up a 8SE that I recently purchased... fairly standard, plus have gone for the Starsense, wifi portal, 2"xlt star diagonal, corrector reducer (which will not accommodate the 2" diagonal when pointing to zenith) and an assortment of eyepieces.  So far enjoying it. Took a bit of futzing around to understand the alignment, especially since I have limited sky to aim at. The Starsense Manual alignment ended up working for me. Once I had it set up correctly, it worked a treat.  I had an old C8 decades ago, but was never very successful with it. This one is much better. Dialled up NGC7078 on the hand controller and, whir-whir, there is was in the middle of the view - impressive. Was able to see Uranus and Neptune, which I was never able to before due to not being exactly sure what I was looking at.   So I'm very happy so far. Seeing conditions not great though to date, has been windy and smokey recently. Looking forward to clearer and calmer skies. 

 

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#1439 Jay6821

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 09:04 PM

Nice setup, and thanks for keeping the thread alive.  I plan on taking a picture of my setup, but right now it's too cold in my part of the world and snow is expected tomorrow. Looking forward to spring for that.



#1440 Taylor

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 04:38 PM

Just got my custom made pier installed for my Evolution 9.25. 

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#1441 Gag Halfrunt

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 01:34 PM

My Nexstar GPS 2004 is still far better than my CPC 8 HD. I've just done a re-furb on the 11 and will be my main scope in the Observatory.  This site has been so useful to me over the years. thanks for all the info. :)

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#1442 PXR-5

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Posted 28 November 2019 - 07:42 PM

Just got my custom made pier installed for my Evolution 9.25.


Very nice pier :)
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#1443 mrki233

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 05:16 PM

CPC800 Edge HD.  New to me, purchased from a fine member here on CN.

 

 

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#1444 Dave Bush

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 07:09 PM

My EdgeHD 8 on an Evolution mount with an HD tripod.

 

This guy started out as an 8se.  But then I....

 

  • Upgraded the tripod to the HD
  • Upgraded the mount to the Evolution
  • Upgraded the OTA to the EdgeHD

So basically it's not the same scope.  :-)

 

StarSense as you can see along with the GPS unit.  I use that to set date/time and then disconnect it.  Once the StarSense was calibrated, I now get very accurate GOTO results. 

 

I'm using a Baader 2" SCT Clicklock back with a 2" BBHS Baader mirror diagonal (also Clicklock)

 

Eyepiece lineup has pretty much settled down to 31mm T5 Nagler and then 21, 17, 13, 10 Ethos though I'm playing with the 20 and 16mm T5 Naglers as well.

 

I'm happy.

 

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#1445 PXR-5

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 10:00 PM

My first telescope and I'm proud to show it off. To start, space is limited, as I live in my rv. So I went with this and have a nice small case to store everything in. I ditched the stock visual back and went with a Baader ClickLock and adapter. I'm already eyeing a Baader diagonal with another ClickLock for the eyepieces. Perhaps overkill but I'm not a fan of the tiny screws holding things in. I added the wifi module and love it so far. I have a spare iPhone and plan to use it just for the scope. The stock red dot seems extremely cheap, yet it works. I can get skyalign working just fine with it. I'm looking to replace it with a Telrad though. I considered StarSense but wanted to do it manually to begin with and honestly, I'm fine with manual. I tried to find the JMI hand control side bracket, but it seems to be sold out everywhere. So I re-purposed an old magnetic phone mount from my truck. It gave me the angle I wanted for the hand control. When the HC is on the magnet, I hang the battery from the HC slot with two command hooks. A right angle power cable keeps things out of the way. Lastly, I'm eyeing dew shields. I got the Celestron branded one, but am looking at Astrozap with a heater. I figure get one now to deal with weather conditions wherever I may go.


I like your hand control holder :) good idea ;)

I think I saw it for sale at Farpoint... FOR $49.99!!!

#1446 saguaro

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Posted 29 November 2019 - 10:52 PM

Starizona sells one for $14.95: https://starizona.co...control-bracket


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#1447 Jay6821

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 07:13 PM

I have the Starizona hand control bracket on My Evolution 8 and I highly recommend it.



#1448 Oyster74

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 07:20 PM

Awesome, didn't know it existed. Buying one tonight.



#1449 Randallm6

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Posted 01 December 2019 - 11:42 PM

All setups look very nice....I myself just bought a Celestron NexStar 8 HD Evolution w/ StarSense but have yet to try it out...anyone have any tips or experiences w/ this setup you might share? Advice on use or setup? I did go ahead and get the focal reducer...and 2" adapter....my earlier telescope is an Orion 10" SkyQuest XTG Dob with GOTO setup and I'm hoping this Celestron will match it or better it somewhat....anyone w/comparison experience re the two ? Hope everyone has a fine holiday season!



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Posted 02 December 2019 - 11:35 AM

Nice new rig Randallm6.  I have one just like it.  The C8 will not quite have the resolution that the 10" Dob. has, but the convenience factor is much higher.  Be sure to take the lens cap off of the Starsense device.  I have failed to do that twice now and wondered what the heck was taking so long for the scope to get aligned!    


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