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



    Quote Originally Posted by cjmiller View Post
    I must say - reading through this forum, I am extremely impressed with everyone and how nice they are. I had stumbled on another one and joined but never posted anything. Didn't take much for me to know it wouldn't be the place for me. More of a snooty feel - looking down their nose at you kind of vibe. (Like I said, I never posted there - I just got that feel from other people's posts). I had come across quite a few answers here from questions I Googled and so joined, but once I started reading through the threads, I knew it was a good place for me to be.

    All of the information is very overwhelming. So many people here are at a place I will probably never be. It's nice to get input from those that are so much more advanced, yet take the time to answer questions for those just starting out, and understand that (just like you said) we are all new at one point. Will I stay with astronomy as a hobby forever? Who knows. I like it now, I am enjoying it now that I semi know what I am doing and have a place to go for answers, but life changes so fast that I know it is something that could get put on the back burner really fast too.

    Right now I am not working so I have plenty of time to learn and get into it. Also, I have had my husband home with me for the past 2 months due to an ATV accident he was in, so I had lots of help and encouragement from him to get me started. His first comment to me when I broke the scope was "maybe it's time to upgrade! Go shopping!" lol He wasn't home when I did it or it probably wouldn't have happened - but I think he can see my enjoyment and wants to encourage me to stick with it. I know realistically though, once I go back to work I won't have nearly as much time to devote to it - depending on where I wind up. I sure hope that is not the case - but I know it COULD happen.
    thanks for joining... glad to have you onboard. The forum love is geniune. Whats cool about this hobby is those in just want to help others get into it, and them hear about what you see and think. Its really fantastic.

    Looking forward to hearing about your first light report wit the new scope.

    Also if you have any issues there is a forum here dedicated to nexstar scopes. Dont hesitate to ask any questions. We love that stuff.

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

    Christina, How are you liking your scope in general?

    My wife has given me 'approval' to upgrade my 90mm refractor. Given a budget of $1200, I am trying to decide on what is the best way to spend it?

    I sort of always wanted a Celestron since I saw the ads in Sky and Telescope back in the 70s. (Those of you of a certain age know what I'm talking about. 'Hi, I'm a C8 and I like long walks on the beach', etc.)

    Now that I have the go-ahead, I realize I have no clue what I would be getting and what is the most logical way to go. I've posted a thread to the Celestron Forum, but since I know you have a scope of the general type I am looking at, I thought I would try to pick your brain, if you don't mind?

    * Do I need a carry case (~$200) if I want to travel with it or does it come with a good enough case? Would it be small enough to 'carry-on' or would I have to trust it to the tender mercies of baggage handlng?

    * Is a 6in good enough in Yellow-Orange skies to get any kind of view of Galaxies or Globulars or would an 8in be needed? I'd rather get the accessories that I could afford with the 6in, if I didn't immediately regret the smaller aperature.

    * How good is the StarSense AutoAlign functionality? At a price of 1028 it is almost as expensive as the 8in without, what am I getting for the extra money?

    Any help is much appreciated!
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    Default Re: Newbie who already broke her first telescope! (Warning - I ramble!)

    Not sure if I will be much help since I am so new to this, but I can try!!

    I think with your budget going with the 8inch would probably be more satisfying. I do like the 5, don't get me wrong, and it was the right price for my budget right now. If I had more money to spend, though, I would have gone with the 8. I have never looked through an 8, so I have no idea what more you can see with it. My use with the 5SE is really limited, but I had no problem seeing Andromeda, Orion Nebula, and Bode's nebula with it. The moon is so bright right now and it just arrived last week, so what it can do under excellent sky conditions, I have no idea.

    The case - I am unsure if it was something I saw on this forum or another (I tried to do a quick Google search and failed to find it again) but I had seen a post where the person took the foam that the telescope came in and used that for the case, basically just covering it with duct tape. That is what I plan on doing with mine when I do store it. I won't be traveling with it any long distances either, so really it's only to store it around the house. I figure I'd rather spend money on good EPs and accessories than a case which it probably won't be in much anyway. Any traveling I do with it will be within an hour or so drive in the car. As far as travel, I would say with just the OTA, the size of the foam it came in is the size of a small carry on suitcase. However, I do not travel much at all so I really don't know how much of a problem you would have with getting the tripod with it....

    I know nothing about the StarSense AutoAlign. The 2 and 3 star alignment with the 5SE seem to work ok though. I tried the EQ mode with 2 star alignment the other night and that worked pretty good as well. I thought the tracking worked pretty decent.

    I know I am not much help. Sorry. I'm sure you will get lots of answers in the thread you posted about it though!


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    etc.)

    * Do I need a carry case (~$200) if I want to travel with it or does it come with a good enough case? Would it be small enough to 'carry-on' or would I have to trust it to the tender mercies of baggage handlng?

    * Is a 6in good enough in Yellow-Orange skies to get any kind of view of Galaxies or Globulars or would an 8in be needed? I'd rather get the accessories that I could afford with the 6in, if I didn't immediately regret the smaller aperature.

    * How good is the StarSense AutoAlign functionality? At a price of 1028 it is almost as expensive as the 8in without, what am I getting for the extra money?

    Any help is much appreciated!
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    You have a newfound love of astronomy that is infectious. Welcome to the forums!
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    Default Re: Newbie who already broke her first telescope! (Warning - I ramble!)

    Hi Christina. I am so sorry to read about your experience with the power adapter. It is quite easy to plug in the wrong adapter, and not realize it until the smoke starts. However, I think that you will be very happy with the new 5SE telescope. Keep us posted on your astronomy progress Christina, welcome to the forum, and the best of wishes for clear skies.
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