Dan, I acquired my 6SE back last Aug. and 'first light' was actually the finest 'seeing' conditions I've had to date under the LP skies of Chicago. I was completely new to the scope so I had absolutely no baseline of expectations.
The 1st hour. of viewing Jupiter, Saturn, Mars (a bust back in Aug. last year with the storm) was good but a little 'soft' to my eyes. However, when I settled in again after 2 hrs. of letting the scope 'cool down' to ambient temps. the pure magic set in! Jupiter SNAPPED into excellent resolution, NEB (northern edge had 'festoons' and 4 - 5 red cyclonic storms) and the SEB was more benign. I was using my Meade 3000 6.7 P 224X
(Japan) and was sooooo excited in the views that I immediately GOTO'd to Saturn and AGAIN the new views of Saturn had so much more detail (A and B rings, Cassini Div. even saw a well defined Encke Gap!). I then GOTO'd to Mars and as expected the planetary dust storm allowed nothing as to views.
So, I then decided that this 'little' engine can produce some great visual experiences under moments of excellent 'seeing' and proper 'cool down'. I've found that the EP's I use most often during a session are my TV 32 P, Baader Hyperion Zoom MkIV 8-24, the Meade 4000 6.7 UWA P and recently the Baader Hyperion Barlow (2.25X).
I'm also experimenting in using the Baader Contrast Booster filter (excellent on Mars and nice improvement on Jupiter) and my Lumicon UHC and OIII filters for various nebula. Finally, I hated the ergonomics of the Celestron Star Prism Diag. with thumbscrews and ended up purchasing the Baader Zeiss T-2 Prism (w/BBHS) and saw again an improvement in contrast and color rendition. The Baader Click-lock gives me very easy and solid EP switching and was another nice 'upgrade' in using my small EP collection.
As everyone states above, the 6SE is an very fine performer when we get magical 'seeing' moments and can appreciate the optical capabilities of this 'little engine that can'...
Edited by AJK 547, 18 February 2019 - 11:03 PM.