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    Question Confusion??



    Hello Im new here . I dont have crazy money to get crazy advanced gear . I do need a scope thats gona do what I need to do basically. I need a scope thats really portable, stores easily. I live in a small apartment thats up 2 flights of stairs. Easy to carry and set up. I am in love with 5 ich aprature had a C5 for many years its the perfect scope between to small and to big for me . I am confused which would be the better scope. A Meade ETX 125 , or a Celestron Nexstar 4 se. I love the ETX 125 its a complete portable machine with all kinds of bells and whistles and I can do basic lunar and planetary photo work. The celestron is an inch smaller , but I could always buy an 8 inch sct optical tube later as my needs change and keep the mount that will serve me for years to come . Any suggestions Thank you and happy hunting ! PS this will bemy last scope purchase for years to come im so sick of buying stuff and either not useing it casue it s too big or buying something i need to keep buying stuff for so the expereince will get better over time . I want simple, esay, fun astronomy with a telescope that will serve my needs for years to come andI definitely want an alt/az style mount . im done with counter weights , setting circles, lineing up to north ext . i want simple fun astronomy thanks .

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    Default Re: Confusion??

    Just curious why you're considering the 4se and not the 5se? You said you wanted a 5" aperture and the 5se is the same price as the ETX 125...
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    Default Re: Confusion??

    Always choose aperture if you can. I'd get the 125 over the 4SE for that reason. Get the 5SE if you want a 5" and prefer the Celestron brand.

    Or just get the 8SE, 'cause you know you want it. I have one, and it's is pretty portable.

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    Default Re: Confusion??

    Before my illness I owned a Celestron 8"SCT and I can say that it was an excellent scope. The Celestron mount was solid and the drive ran perfectly. I would recommend the 5" Celestron because of my past experience with the company.

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    Default Re: Confusion??

    Don't think you can go wrong with any 5" mak. Had the meade 125 and orion 5". Thought both were great, the meade is a little lighter weight, so can use smaller mount like the Explore Scientific Voyager I.
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    Default Re: Confusion??

    Why not the 5SE? Makes more sense than the 4SE as others have noted.

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    Default Re: Confusion??

    I would avoid the 4 also, 5 and 6 inch is the sweet spot

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    Default Re: Confusion??

    We struggled with the same problem.
    Four or five, I listen to the group and finally got the 6SE because we knew one day we would have aperture fever come on us.
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