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Celestron Nexstar 80 GT Telescope?

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Posted 25 January 2004 - 11:04 PM

this looks like an interesting little scope...
does anyone have one of these? and if so,
how is the viewing?
thanks,
sky

#2 jrcrilly

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 08:52 AM

Yes, it is an interesting little scope. I use mine primarily for white-light solar viewing but it's a nice widefield stargazing instrument as well. It presents very pretty starfields at low magnifications. It'll split the Double Double at 100X but runs out of gas right about there so it's not a high magnification beast. Lots & lots of chromatic aberration on anything brighter than Mag 1.

The mount and drives are quite good for the money but there's not much money involved. It'll keep the Sun in a one degree field of view long enough for a group to all get a look. Even the goto feature actually works with reasonable accuracy. Very light, very easy to use as a "grab and go".

#3 Michael_Swanson

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 09:23 PM

Hi Sky,

The optical tube is the same as the Orion ShortTube 80 and is quite nice. Since you already have the 130ST you are familiar with the greatest strength of the N80GT - wide-field views. But, the 130 has a LOT more light-gathering power.

That said, the GoTo on the N80GT is great, the tracking is OK and you can read a full review at my web site (http://www.NexStarSite.com) in the equipment reviews section.

One other consideration - read the review of the Baader Bracket while you are there. You can easily adapt the Orion 130ST to ride the N80GT mount. Then you can interchange the optical tubes when the need arises.

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Posted 26 January 2004 - 11:59 PM

thanks jr and michael! great info!
i have one mount between my refractor and reflector,
so it would be nice to be able to get this
scope and adapt it as well... save some money....
sky

#5 Rusty

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 12:05 AM

But note the Baader adaptor uses the Vixen dovetail, not Losmandy. :bawling:

#6 Michael_Swanson

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Posted 28 January 2004 - 03:41 AM

Yep, the Baader Bracket uses the smaller standard as found on the Vixen/CG-5 (Celestron Advanced Series)/Orion EQ mounts. Which should be just what Sky already has with the two Orion scopes already in her possession.

Incidentally, the Celestron CGE uses the Losmandy-size dovetail.

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Mike Swanson
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