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    Default Re: Newbie who already broke her first telescope! (Warning - I ramble!)



    Hello and welcome Christina!

    Sorry to hear about your electrifying mishap. As has already been mentioned, buy a 12V power tank for your new scope rather than using an AC power supply which can spike and fry your scope's electronics, even when you use the correct one!

    The optics in your Celestron GT are quite good (I have its 80mm smaller brother and have been amazed with the views that it gives) but I suspect that it is at the limit of what the goto mount can handle since the extra weight of a camera caused problems, although it might also have been the change in balance. I paired my 80GTL with a SkyWatcher AZ3 mount and have found it to be a rock solid combination. You might consider doing the same with your 90GT if you don't end up repairing the goto mount and/or find the original tripod shakes too much.

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    Default Re: Newbie who already broke her first telescope! (Warning - I ramble!)

    Welcome to the forum! I hope your new telescope satisfies you deeply. It is such fun.
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    Nothing cheers me up like a good impulse buy. I like the way you roll. Best of luck with the 5SE. Sounds like a real nice scope.
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    Default Re: Newbie who already broke her first telescope! (Warning - I ramble!)

    Welcome to the forum. I too am constantly relearning that if it doesn't fit don't make it and that too tight is broken.
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    Default Re: Newbie who already broke her first telescope! (Warning - I ramble!)

    Hi Christina, welcome to the forum!
    Most probably the power supply you plugged in had reversed polarity from the original one, that is what made the cylindrical black 'thing' blow its hat off
    On the brighter side of life, that happening it was a good excuse to buy a new scope

    congratulations on your new scope!

    Next time you wish to buy a new scope, just go head and buy it, you do not have to blow off the old one
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    Default Re: Newbie who already broke her first telescope! (Warning - I ramble!)

    Hello Christina! Welcome to the Forum. Sounds like this is not as bad as you first thought. Congratulations on your new scope and good luck getting your first one repaired.

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    Welcome to the forum Christina! Like others have said, sounds like you will fit in just fine around here! Many of us have had some "D'oh!" moments (some of them even posted on these forums).

    Good luck with your new scope! It should show you even more amazing objects!
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    Welcome! I've had my own share of mini-disasters with astro equipment. My worst is setting up an unattended overnight timelapse session with my camera and GOTO telescope mount in a neighborhood golf course. I did so at the extreme edge of one of the tee-off points at dusk. What I did not notice is that this was *right beside* one of the sprinkler systems used to water the immediate area. You can imagine my surprise and joy when I showed up the next morning to see my precious equipment soaked through! In the end, my controller for the mount was fried, but my DSLR survived (!). As you have done, you just have to chuckle and move forward
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    I'm not sure if this is going to let me post photos - I tried to make an album first but it told me I needed to have 11 posts. We'll see how this goes

    First up is the two power supplies. The first is the one I had been using - the second one is the one that made things go wonky. I didn't have an actual Celestron one - I'm probably lucky I didn't blow it up with the first one I plugged in that I had been using!
    Attachment 119109Attachment 119110

    Next is the board where the capacitor blew off
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    Last is the part where the power actually comes in. I did take it off and flip it around since the back side doesn't show anything and I couldn't see anything wonky on the other side - sorry the picture is so blurry - I thought I had my flash on but I didn't. If needed I can get a better one
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    Since I think it's letting me post these - I'm adding this. It appears to be the same style mount that the 90GT already has - just without the fancy lights and it actually has the hand control. Are the bases for the Celestron GoTo mounts all the same size? If so that is probably the way to go if I want it to still use GoTo and not just have it as a manual scope.
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    OH NO!!! That's HORRIBLE! Thankfully the DSLR was ok - those aren't cheap either!

    I most definitely was not chuckling to begin with. I didn't cry - but it was close! Now that I see it isn't the end of the world and I have options I am much more at peace about it. If you can't laugh at yourself, who can ya laugh at, right?

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    Welcome! I've had my own share of mini-disasters with astro equipment. My worst is setting up an unattended overnight timelapse session with my camera and GOTO telescope mount in a neighborhood golf course. I did so at the extreme edge of one of the tee-off points at dusk. What I did not notice is that this was *right beside* one of the sprinkler systems used to water the immediate area. You can imagine my surprise and joy when I showed up the next morning to see my precious equipment soaked through! In the end, my controller for the mount was fried, but my DSLR survived (!). As you have done, you just have to chuckle and move forward

 

 
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