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    Default 8se or 6se I canít decide.



    Iím going to be buying our first telescope and know we want a Go To but Iím having a difficult time deciding between the 8se and the 6se. My grandson (18 yrs old) says he wants one that is easily portable which makes me think 6se but Iím worried the images from the deep sky wonít be that good compared to the 8se. Also many have posted that the 8se is not very stable and that it Maxís out the weight of the mount. I know the 8se will bring in much more light but will we be disappointed in the 6se and the amount of things we will be able to see with it? The 8se is only $300 more but is it that much bulkier and harder to lug around and set up? Will I regret not buying the larger scope in the future? Will better eye pieces on the 6se make up for what I would be giving up on the 8se? Please help me with your experiences and opinions

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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    Welcome to the forum!!

    I would definitely get the 8SE, the extra aperture is noticeable and the mount will hold the weight of the scope fine. I would also get a focal reducer for the scope to widen the field of view and further help with the DSO observing. But the most important accessory (absolute must have!!) is a comfortable variable height observing chair. If you don't already have a pair, get a decent set of binoculars.

    I highly suggest giving this thread a look. https://theskysearchers.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=331
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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    Here is a photograph of a 4 inch, 6 inch, and 8 inch SCT side by side. As you can see the 8 inch SCT is considerably larger than the other two telescopes.

    The SE series uses essentially the same tripod for the entire series meaning that the 8SE tripod is just about identical to the 4 SE tripod even though there is a big difference in the two telescopes, there is no difference in the tripods. This results in the 4SE being very solid but the 8 SE being less firm. However, this is not a real factor for visual observations and I would not consider it a show stopper. The 8SE tripod is more than good enough. The 8SE is stable enough for viewing and then some..

    If you were trying to use the telescope for azimuth mount very short exposure astrophotography then the tripod may be a little weak. Most of the comments I've see regarding the 8 SE's mount stability comes from people who purchased a wedge to convert the mount from an azimuth mount into an equatorial mount for photography. In this case the tripod is definitely not up to the task but astrophotography is not something that most SE telescope owners do. For this task the 6 or 8 Advanced Series SCTs are a better selection.

    I upgraded from a 6 inch SCT to an 8 inch SCT. This was a mistake as I never use the 8 inch SCT as it is a bit too bulky for my liking. This is a personal thing and the opinions of others will differ.Yes the view in the 8 inch SCT a little better but nothing to write home about. Under a dark sky the 6SE can more than hold its own. However, under light polluted skies, for most people the larger 8SE is definitely worth the extra money and bulk. Given today's trend for increased light pollution and especially pollution from LED lights, for most people the gain in portability of the 6 SE is probably not worth the decrease in contrast, etc. compared with the 8 SE. However if portability is a major issue with you, then the 6SE is definitely worth considering.

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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post

    The SE series uses essentially the same tripod for the entire series meaning that the 8SE tripod is just about identical to the 4 SE tripod even though there is a big difference in the two telescopes, there is no difference in the tripods.

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    This is not true. I had a 4SE and now have an 8SE. The mount the 8 is much bigger/heavier than the mount on the 4. The tripod for the 8 has a bigger tripod head, to accommodate the larger mount. Also the legs are thicker and overall heavier than 4. The 8 and 6 share the same mount and same tripod. The 5 and 4 share the same mount and tripod. The 5/4 SE tripod has a built in wedge for polar alignment. The 8/6 SE tripod does not. Get the 6, if money is an issue (and remember extra $ for accessories) and the 6 is much smaller than the 6 in case handling and traveling is an issue.. if not, the 8. Just saying, if you get the 6, you will be wishing you got the 8 instead. I got the 8 to avoid all that.

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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    I agree with Ozman, and Sxinias has brought up some good points as well! Personally, I would recommend the 8SE with a focal reducer to make it even more versatile for DSO's if you can afford it! I started out with a 60mm refractor and when a couple of years later I received a 4.25" Astroscan, I could not believe how much more I could see and through it! But I still wanted more! Eventually, a couple of years later I was able to buy a Celestron 8 SCT and it was one of the best telescopes I have ever owned and very versatile for seeing DSO's or solar system objects! I wish I still had my C8 and I will most likely buy an 8SE in the hopefully near future when it goes on sale again.

    I can't imagine how great it would have been to start out with an 8SE, but I would think you will be anything but disappointed if you were to go with the 8SE!
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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    8 inch all the way. I bought the 6 and fell in love with the sky so sold the 6 and bought the 8. Big big difference so much more to see easily with the 8. I much prefer the Evo mount to the SE but budget may deter the better mount.

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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    Get the 8, bigger is better right?

    I have the 8SE and whilst I haven't fully nutted out the alignment, what I've managed to see so far (and some planetary photography) has me wanting an even bigger light bucket.

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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    I only (8 weeks ago) got back into astronomy and brought a NexStar 90 SLT Mak which is very portable, two weeks ago I brought my 8se, still portable and I can have it setup in minutes, the difference is amazing.

    If you choose the 6se which is a brilliant scope, but I bet you'll wished you had the 8se after a while.

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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    Get the 8 inch!

    I was trying to decide between the 6SE and the 8SE and decided on the 8SE. Then I discovered the 8" Evolution and was comparing that to the 8SE. You can see by my signature line where I landed on that one.

    (Financially, this hobby has a very slippery downward slope on the family budget).
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    Default Re: 8se or 6se I canít decide.

    I too am new and purchased the Nexstar 8SE. What pushed you into buying the StarSense, Oberwek, and SkyMaster? Why not the GPS SkyPortal, a 2Ē focal reducer, the dielectric 2Ē star diagonal, and a Barlow? Iím trying to figure out what is the best way to go to improve the visualizing experience.

 

 
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