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#1651 RLB

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Posted 28 September 2022 - 08:30 AM

Here's my NexStar Evolution 6. I bought it second hand including 4 X-Cel LX eyepieces and 3x Barlow. I have since added a few accessories like the 2" diagonal, StarSense camera, .63 reducer, PowerTank Lithium, SkyLink adapter and a few eyepieces. I'm also using the WiFi adapter since the built-in one kept disconnecting which was ridiculously annoying.

I don't really like the flexible dew shield. It won't fit nicely (neither does it fit my C8).

 

I really like this thread by the way, I've read it completely over the past couple of days. Nice to see that lots of images are still there after all those years. And I recognized some photos by kkokkolis; I've known him for over a decade (from another forum smile.gif ).

 

 

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#1652 rjbarker

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Posted 14 October 2022 - 09:27 PM

Hi all first post I believe.

Finally diving back into what has been a "spotty" astronomy hobby since I was about 10 yrs old (1974)...there just aged myself.

My hobby the last 15 yrs (with a little astronomy thrown in here n there) has been building custom watercooled gaming pc's, so certainly not new to techie stuff and utilizing forums to gain knowledge.

 

Im also a Mariner who can still navigate utilizing Site Reductions and a sextant, so very familiar with the twilight and night skies (I recall as a Navigating Officer standing the midnight to 0800 Watch being able to draw a very detailed map of the sky with many many Navigational Stars identified). Obviously viewing Jupiter, Saturn and Venus through a really decent set of Swarovski binos.

 

Wayyy back in'74 I saved up my snow shoveling and newspaper delivery money to but a little 30mm desktop "Tasco" telescope.....how disappointing to point it at Jupiter and see a "bright star" (afterall the picture on the box looked entirely different) wink.gif

2nd scope was another Tasco perhaps a 60mm 600mm focal length on a wooden tripod, defeintely a little better than the desktop.

3rd scope was the Costco Celestron computerized "GoTo" 80mm GT, had this for several years and very much "used the crap out of it"....!!!

 

Fast forward now to end of August and finally purchased a new 8se, although I was very very tempted to spend a tad more and get the Evo 9.25", as I have learned over the years its all about Aperture for decent planetary viewing and good eye pieces.

So, got the 8se and it was "ok", definitely portable, but not really providing the greatest planetary views as I was hoping, so after a month I sold the 8se to someone local at a discount (he was very happy.

 

I now have my Celestron Evolution 9.25" and couldnt be happier; this scope is outstanding, providing great planetary viewing while still maintaining it portable capability,

Love the robust tripod and built in battery / WiFi. GoTo with Star Portal and either my iphone or ipad works great, however I definitely like the ease of use and being able to "feel" the buttons on the handset while looking thru the eye pieces.

Versus the 8se this scope simply feels like going from another "toy" to a serious telescope, in so many ways; mount, azimuth / altitude motors, tripod etc etc.

 

I went all out on eye pieces and have a very good collection of Baader Morpheus lens' 6.5mm, 9mm, 12.5mm, 14mm and 17.5mm. (didnt bother w the 4.5mm as find I rarely use the 6.5mm as to difficult to focus at such high magnification)

Also a Baader Hyperion 24mm and Baader Hyperion Aspheric 31mm and 36mm.

 

Picked up a 0.6x Focal Reducer for deep sky viewing, 2" Celestron Diagonal and flexible dew shield.

 

I have had great planetary viewing evenings off my front patio (although I do have some light pollution here), but Saturn looks great (just barely make out Cassini division and 3 possibly 4 moons), Jupiter w Great Red Spot (when transiting face) along with jovial moons, Neptune (cannot spot Triton though), Uranus and Mars (so long as I let Mars get higher in the sky, I can just make out some dark patches and the white polar cap.....

 

Orion Nebula, Hercules Cluster, Bodes Galaxy and Ring Nebula all look fantastic, even with a light polluted sky.

 

I do want to dabble with some astro imaging, so will pick up a few more items over the coming year, including a ZWO ASI678MC and a Wedge.

The pics of Moon and Jupiter were taken with iPhone 12 holding the lens over the eye piece...

 

Anyhow, will try posting some pics....cheers!!

 

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#1653 abomb60

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Posted 14 October 2022 - 09:57 PM

Latest photo of my 8SE in it's new Nexdome apartment.  Currently on AVX mount (EQ-6R should be here Tuesday) with Hyperstar v4 & ASI183MC Pro, SVBony 120mm guide scope w/ASI224MC camera (not shown as it's on the other side of the scope), Celestron Dew Controller & aluminum dew shield, Celestron 8" SCT dew ring & Celestron focuser (was running ZWO EAF shown but it decided to stop working yesterday for some unknown reason).  Currently controlled by NUC running NINA but also run it from time to time with ASIAir when it's not in the dome as ASIAir can't control domes yet (but they say they may add that in the future).

 

Just testing and tuning the dome and NINA tonight but the targets are the Pacman Nebula, Y Cas Nebula and then Horsehead Nebula around 3am.  If I programmed NINA correctly the dome & telescope will park, the shutter will close and it will wait for 3am before it starts imaging the Horsehead Nebula until astronomical dawn.  

 

Wiring has been cleaned up quite a bit in the past few days since this picture was taken.  Still a mess in there but it's a work in progress smile.gif

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#1654 Ghostnotes

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Posted 16 October 2022 - 08:14 PM

The OTA has worked for a long time so why not..

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#1655 flightlogic

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Posted 11 November 2022 - 01:39 PM

Latest photo of my 8SE in it's new Nexdome apartment.  Currently on AVX mount (EQ-6R should be here Tuesday) with Hyperstar v4 & ASI183MC Pro, SVBony 120mm guide scope w/ASI224MC camera (not shown as it's on the other side of the scope), Celestron Dew Controller & aluminum dew shield, Celestron 8" SCT dew ring & Celestron focuser (was running ZWO EAF shown but it decided to stop working yesterday for some unknown reason).  Currently controlled by NUC running NINA but also run it from time to time with ASIAir when it's not in the dome as ASIAir can't control domes yet (but they say they may add that in the future).

 

Just testing and tuning the dome and NINA tonight but the targets are the Pacman Nebula, Y Cas Nebula and then Horsehead Nebula around 3am.  If I programmed NINA correctly the dome & telescope will park, the shutter will close and it will wait for 3am before it starts imaging the Horsehead Nebula until astronomical dawn.  

 

Wiring has been cleaned up quite a bit in the past few days since this picture was taken.  Still a mess in there but it's a work in progress smile.gif

So, do those who have a dome heat them, or is that a bad idea for the scope?   Chilly nights are upon us....



#1656 flightlogic

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Posted 11 November 2022 - 01:40 PM

pic of the evo 9.25 with the milkyway.  this was at a bortle 1 location at 7800'

What a gorgeous photo with subject combo.  A magazine ad should buy that from you!


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#1657 m1thumb

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Posted 23 November 2022 - 01:59 PM

It's pretty basic.

 

 

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Posted 04 December 2022 - 05:31 PM

Just got my scope last week. Loving it!

 

Nothing too fancy yet but I have picked up a few upgrades in the classifieds here that I am reading and have been told would be a good investment in the hobby.

 

2" Celestron XLT diagonal - Saw Orion nebula for the first time ever and I want a wider view!

A range of 1.25" Celestron X-Cel EP's and a 2x barlow - Looking for an affordable 2" wide with a big FOV

Dew ring and homebrew controller

Reflectix wrap

Right angle finderscope - this might go back. No light!

Wifi module

Tring and adapter for the DSLR plus a Celestron 6.3 reducer/corrector 

 

I am really getting into it and looking forward to looking up more often! 

 

 

Just getting it out of the box and on the tripod for the first time.
 
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Bringing it upstairs for a firmware update and connecting to the computer. Installed Starry Night but haven't messed with it other than to confirm I can control the scope with it from the computer.
 
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Amazing. Both of those are 25mm. Which looks better? Eh?
 
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DEW! After 45 minutes the first night out it dewed up. Brought it back inside and it went away. Started doing more research and found what seems to be a good solution.....
 
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Installed a Celestron dew ring and made a simple controller to dial back the heat, literally. Seems to work well but still need to field test it. Project box will be in tomorrow so I can take it out and give it a try. I am sure it will be fine.
 
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#1659 Scott123

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Posted 04 December 2022 - 07:37 PM

Great images, dinokath! Please let us know how the dew control works.

 

Also, I like the Celestron eyepiece - more heft, I could detach it and throw it the neighborhood coyotes.


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#1660 RyzenAMD

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Posted 07 December 2022 - 03:40 AM

 

Just got my scope last week. Loving it!

 

Nothing too fancy yet but I have picked up a few upgrades in the classifieds here that I am reading and have been told would be a good investment in the hobby.

 

2" Celestron XLT diagonal - Saw Orion nebula for the first time ever and I want a wider view!

A range of 1.25" Celestron X-Cel EP's and a 2x barlow - Looking for an affordable 2" wide with a big FOV

Dew ring and homebrew controller

Reflectix wrap

Right angle finderscope - this might go back. No light!

Wifi module

Tring and adapter for the DSLR plus a Celestron 6.3 reducer/corrector 

 

I am really getting into it and looking forward to looking up more often! 

 

 

Just getting it out of the box and on the tripod for the first time.
 
 
 
 
Bringing it upstairs for a firmware update and connecting to the computer. Installed Starry Night but haven't messed with it other than to confirm I can control the scope with it from the computer.
 
 
 
 
Amazing. Both of those are 25mm. Which looks better? Eh?
 
 
 
 
DEW! After 45 minutes the first night out it dewed up. Brought it back inside and it went away. Started doing more research and found what seems to be a good solution.....
 
 
 
 
Reflectix to the rescue!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Installed a Celestron dew ring and made a simple controller to dial back the heat, literally. Seems to work well but still need to field test it. Project box will be in tomorrow so I can take it out and give it a try. I am sure it will be fine.

 

Do you have a wiring schematic on how you made your simple controller? What parts did you usse, etc?


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#1661 RyzenAMD

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Posted 07 December 2022 - 03:52 AM

Here is the accessory tray loaded up.

I liberated a polyethylene nail bin from the workshop, and screwed it down with a couple of nylon machine screws, so there's no metal inside the bin to possibly scratch anything (eg. filters).

 

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Also added some cup hooks to hang the OTA cap and the tri-bahtinov mask.  There's still lots of room for the smartphone, some red-lights, and whatever else needs to stay up off of the ground.  I'm looking forward to clear skies to try it outside, hopefully Friday and/or Sunday/Monday.

 

Cheers

Do you have a pattern made sothat I could copy your tray without too much trouble?



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Posted 07 December 2022 - 08:51 AM

Do you have a pattern made sothat I could copy your tray without too much trouble?

No, I do not.  It's a bit big to fit on my photocopier, otherwise that would be one way to get a perfectly scaled image.  I support I could lay it on some grid paper and photograph it instead.  The half-moon edge is very sculpted to fit the angles of the Evo's tiny built-in centre tray, but that wouldn't be too hard to figure out when making one.



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Posted 10 December 2022 - 01:44 PM

Here's my C9.25 Nexstar Evolution pictured yesterday on my deck. I stayed outside for around 90 minutes: the temperature dropped to -11°C (that's 12°F to you…). That was TOO low for me, and for my scope's motors…

I REALLY like my new power pack. It is light, compact, and appears to go on forever. Thanks a lot to mlord for plans and smart directions… Thanks Mark!

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#1664 RyzenAMD

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Posted 14 December 2022 - 02:08 PM

Here is another posting of my small collection of Celestron sct2.png  SCT's.

 

I own the Nexstar 8SE Optical tube, the C11 Optical tube and now own the Evolution 6 (Optical tube and mount)!

 

I have been using the 6 and the 8 on this mount for EAA and planetary imaging.

 

I plan on buying the Celestron Wedge in January and adapting a Polemaster to help with polar alignment. I am a bit skeptical about using the Star-sense plate solving device.

 

I have made some 3D printed accessories for the Evo mount that you will see in the pictures.

 

I have delightfully added strips of Velcro to the mount to hold various accessories, like a MaxOak 50Ah battery for powering my Dew Heater controller (and other accessories), attached and will be adding an 80mm tube ring mount to attach my Astro-Tech 60mm APO for wide field images.

 

There is a 3D printed tripod leg holder to prevent the legs from bashing into each other during transport. I added reflective tape to the tripod legs to make it easy to see the scope both by other imagers and the police, should they take interest in my viewing/imaging shenanigans.

 

My camera of choice for imaging with this telescope is the ASI533MC Pro. I can adapt the 1.25" collar for planetary imaging using a 2X Barlow or use the stock 2" adapter along with a ZWO Filter drawer for various filters used in imaging.

 

I use the C8 with this mount and the results are very good.

 

The hand controller is attached to a 10 foot extension cable from Scope Stuff.

 

I added the Celestron 8" Dew Ring and it works wonders for keeping dew off the corrector plate!

 

I got Sky Safari 6 Plus to operate the telescope after doing an alignment with the hand controller. It is very precise.

 

I am building a 3D printed focuser using an Astromania Focus motor, similar to the old Orion Telescope Focuser for Refractors. Until that is completed, I am using a 3D printed fine focus dongle on the focus knob.

 

So with no further additions, here are the pics:

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#1665 RyzenAMD

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Posted 17 December 2022 - 03:38 PM

One more pic showing recent additions:

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Posted 22 December 2022 - 03:35 PM

Holy mackerel, your eyepiece is bigger than my NexStar 5i. lol

Really nice setup! Whats the rectangular thingie on top?

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Posted 25 December 2022 - 05:58 PM

RyzenAMD

 

How does the GPS unit - the SkySync - fix to the Yoke?

Velcro or a 3d printed clip?


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Posted 25 December 2022 - 06:01 PM

 

Whats the rectangular thingie on top?

I believe you're talking of the Rigel Quick Finder?

 

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Posted 27 December 2022 - 11:49 AM

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How does the GPS unit - the SkySync - fix to the Yoke?

Velcro or a 3d printed clip?

Velcro



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Posted 31 December 2022 - 04:03 PM

Weather has been keeping me inside at nights. 3D printed a box and mount for my mini pc. Also worked on tidying up my wiring.
 
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Posted 04 January 2023 - 12:43 PM

Very cool!


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#1672 enigma-2

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Posted 14 January 2023 - 08:24 PM

That's amazing. Great job.

Wish I had the ability to do this.
(I'm technology disinclined).

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Posted 14 January 2023 - 11:45 PM

Here is the latest pic of my Evolution with the Nexstar 8SE on my new Wedge.

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Posted 05 February 2023 - 01:59 PM

I just bought an Evolution 8 plus assortment of accessories. At first, this thing was a little intimidating compared to the 5" Zhumell Z130 dob I've been using. Last night was the first night i had a chance to try the Evo 8. Looking forward to finding new things in the sky, especially once the weather gets a little warmer. 

 

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Posted 26 February 2023 - 07:14 AM

Rig all ready for a spot of sun spot spotting.
 
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