A few years ago my husband bought me a Celestron NexStar 8SE for Christmas. The reviews were great – people got it out of the box and bam! Great images of planets immediately.
We put the scope together and I tried and tried to get the alignment to work but never could. I read the manual 100 times, looked on the Celestron website, watched you-tube videos, but absolutely NO luck. So, it's been a beautiful piece of artwork in the corner of my living room since then.
Last week a Celestron StarSense Automatic Alignment Telescope Accessory popped up as a facebook ad. I ordered it immediately from Amazon and installed it the night I got it. I had read reviews to download the firmware updates to it, so I did that. It worked! I finally have alignment!
I have seen so many pictures taken using this telescope. I was so excited to use the Sky Tour - hoping to see something spectacular. The stars were located and I can see them clearly through the 25mm eyepiece that came with the scope. But they aren't any bigger than what I can see without the scope. Same with the planets. Mars is located quickly, but is just a tiny white spec in the middle of the eyepiece surrounded by a bunch of other stars. Nothing like these pictures I see other people post.
I watched more you-tube videos, and ordered the Celestron Eyepiece and Filter kit, thinking maybe I needed a different lens. It came with 5 lenses and a Barlow lens.
Last night, I changed batteries (to be sure this wasn't an issue) and I used the Barlow lens with both my original 25mm lens and one of my new ones, a 32mm lens. And I tried the 32mm lens by itself.
Mars is located, galaxies are located, even Saturn, but everything is just a crystal clear tiny white dot in the middle of the eyepiece surrounded by other stars.
I googled more and more and found the link to this forum. I spent probably 5 hours reading through advice given by the members here and also looking at images taken with this scope in particular. (this is an awesome site and I wish I had found it years ago!)
After investing another $500 in this scope in the past week, I’m so discouraged. It seems to work, but there is absolutely no magnification to make anything appear as I expected. I am not interested in attaching a camera yet, I just want to see the images of planets and stars as more than tiny pinpricks of light. Any advice? Or thoughts? Am I expecting too much, or am I still missing a part or component ?