Thanks for the info and advice. I checked the collimation tonight and it seems to be really good. I know the conditions are not great with the almost full moon and here in NorCal we have a lot of smoke and haze in the air. I am looking forward to getting a darker sky and hopefully less particulates in the air in the coming weeks so I can get out and see some good stuff.
I'm looking into a zoom lens of some kind, just have not decided which manufacturer to go with yet. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
I was trying to find some of the Orion Stratus series, but it seems they are not longer in production. Are the Badder EP's of decent quality? What about Celestron's Luminos series???
That's is good on the collimation, The star test is easy and quick. The Moon is very bright and that does over power many DSO's but that just makes me put in a variable polarizing filter and view the moon for awhile along with Jupiter that's hanging around very near in the skies. There is always something interesting to view I never get tired of just watching the moon. If you view the moon through out its phases the surface details change and I find that fascinating.I keep trying to see the Lunar lander first stages,I know its Impossable but I can try LOL. The seeing conditions are a main issue. Here in Florida, our best viewing season is between November and February when the skies are clear and cold. Our issue here during the summer, is we have a ocean of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico high in the atmosphere that affects our seeing conditions, it appears as a haze.
I started out with a Celestron 8X24 Zoom and a Celestron Barlow, they gave me many nights of great service and now are being enjoyed by a friend of mine. I replaced the Celestron, with the Baader Hyperion 8X24 Zoom with their 2.5 Barlow. It gives a wider field of view and is a little crisper. Their is nothing wrong with the Celestron Zoom and Barlow it works very well and is a lot cheaper. I have become a big fan of Baader products they have yet to disappoint me. I think they make one of the best Diagonals you can get. This was my plan for this year to upgrade my gear in the light path to higher quality items better Diagonals higher end filters Badder ClickLock systems. Yes you can tell the difference.
I started in this Hobby with your scopes little brother th C6SE Nextsar. I enjoyed it very much. I still own that little SCT but the mount has found a good home. Mine is now on a modified ES Twilight 1 mount.The coolest thing that I bought for the Celestron SE mount was Celestrons Starsense and WiFi ( dont buy the GPS, you don't need it) downloaded Celestrons Skyportal on a tablet. This made the mount stupid easy to set up and get going. You can learn the skies quickly as long as you pay attention. It makes star hopping a breeze. Also get these three books, they realy helped me and still help me.
" Night Watch" Revised fourth Edition by Terrence Dickerson
"The Backyard Astronomers Guide" Revised and Expanded third Edition by Terrence Dickerson and Alan Dyer
" Turn Left at Orion" by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis
"The Hichhikers Guid to the Galaxy" the five book Trillogy by Doug Adams You wont learn anything important about Astronomy or much of anything else from these books and their is a possibility that reading these books could cause severe brain damage but you will have fun.
HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro
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