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



    Hi everyone! Greetings from Wisconsin! I'm Christina and I look forward to all that I can learn here! None of my friends nor family are really interested in astronomy, so I tend to have no one to talk to about it!! Married mother of 1, step mother of 3, with 2 canine fur-babies, 2 feline fur-babies and approximately 25 or so hermit crabs. (But that is enough of that - I'm here for space talk! YAY!)

    I just recently got into astronomy. Well - I have always had an interest but never really had the money to invest in it as a hobby. I fell into the trap of buying a "good deal" "Black Friday Priced" telescope a couple years back from Walmart which was taken out exactly 3 times and has since sat in the corner. I do have a nice pair of Celestron binoculars that came out from time to time, but not too often anymore.

    I don't even know how I had come across it because I wasn't looking at telescopes, but somewhere in my online travels I came across the Celestron Cosmos 90Gt and decided I HAD to have it. Total impulse buy. This was back in September, so it has only been about a month. In my defense, it was a good deal - who can pass up a good deal, right? $241!

    Honestly - I love it. I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I saw Saturn. Such a strange feeling. I wasn't even expecting it. I had already looked at the moon a couple times, and had seen Andromeda but other than that, I really hadn't done much, and with my past crummy telescope experience I really didn't expect to see it. I had even told my husband after I bought it that I was probably setting myself up for disappointment, and that I was going to be SO MAD if I spent that money and couldn't figure out how to use it. Once I started looking into the app it uses more, I was able to find a whole lot more and was really enjoying myself! Probably one of the best moments I had was when I attached my camera to it and snapped a shot of the Ring Nebula. My eye itself couldn't see it when looking through the eyepiece but when I attached my camera and snapped the picture, there it was! I was jumping around like I was nuts while my husband rolled his eyes at me. Man, that was so exciting! I was able to see Andromeda, Bode's Nebula, Orion Nebula (my favorite! I even have an Orion tattoo), Saturn, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and 4 moons, Ring Nebula, and the Dumbbell Nebula. I know there were more too but I can't think of them off the top of my head. It far exceeded my expectations!

    I will say this - I had already been looking at other telescopes. I don't plan on doing a ton of fancy astrophotography, but I do want to put my camera on it from time to time just for my own personal enjoyment. This particular telescope isn't exactly camera friendly - the weight of the camera seems to be a bit much for it. Even super short exposures of 1 second left star trails, the tracking seemed to mess up when the camera was on it, stuff like that. Another downfall which had me looking at other telescopes was the fact that I didn't have the hand device, it would run from the app on my phone. Well the phone would be dead long before I was ready to be done so I would have no way to control it until I would charge my phone. Even with those things on my mind, I certainly wasn't planning on buying a new one anytime soon, just researching them.

    Today I decided to bring it inside the house to look at and fiddle with. (I had been keeping it stored in the garage since I have been using it every single chance I get) It had been inside for a good 3 1/2 hours while I went about doing other things. Perhaps I hadn't given it enough time, or perhaps I was just being careless. I had forgot the ac adapter in the garage and thinking it would be no big deal, I just grabbed a spare one for something else that I already had sitting on the table. (are you cringing yet??) Big mistake. BIG mistake. There were sparks! There was smoke! I popped the outer case for the mount off and pieces fell out Did I seriously just do that? Really?? REALLY?! UGH

    I'm still completely baffled that I did that. I sat on the floor holding the darn thing just staring at it for about 20 minutes. The end result - another "hurt feelings" impulse buy. I ordered the Celestron Nexstar 5se. Other than the fact that I broke it, the other impulse buy worked out well so hopefully this one will too! I can't wait for it to get here!

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    Hello Christina! Thanks for the amazing introduction and welcome to the forum! Sounds like you will fit right in here.

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    Hello Christina! Thanks for the amazing introduction and welcome to the forum! Sounds like you will fit right in here.

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    That is an amazing first post. Sorry to hear about your scope but it sounds like a new one will be coming.
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    Yep, I'll bet that everyone on the forum has had some type of "Oh you idiot" moment at some point. I've been doing this since the '70s but I've never done anything dumb

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    Hello and welcome to the forum, Christina!

    We've all done silly stupid stuff from time to time. That just makes us human. And it gives us something to look back on and laugh about later (although it sure makes us mad at the time).
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    Christina,

    Welcome to the Astronomy form family. You will definitely like it here.

    The Celestron 5SE should be a wonderful experience for you. Not exactly optimized for astrophography but a great optical telescope.

    As for your 90 mm scope. All is not lost.
    http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/cosmos-90gt-wifi-telescope


    Since you purchased the 5SE I presume you don't plan to get 90 mm GoTo fixed. So, use it as a manual scope. Sounds like you fried the GoTo but the scope itself should still work. Yes? Can you swing the scope and point it? If not, either get it fixed or open it up and sisconnec the gears so the scope can be moved manually.

    Remember that most telescopes are manual so having a 90 mm manual refractor and a 5" GoTo SCT
    (Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope) would not be unusual. As you will see in my signature I have a 76 mm manual reflector, an 80 mm Goto refractor as well as an 203 mm/8" PushTo reflector. Most people end up with multiple telescopes. The 90 mm will make a great travel scope and a companion scope to your Nexstar 5 SE.

    And I see you have binoculars. Pull them out and put them to good use. I have two pair of binoculars and I use them all the time.

    As for that first scope that is sitting in storage, pull it out! Make it available to the kids so they can look into the sky beside Mommy. Or give it to the neighbor's kid. I am sure it is better than nothing.


    Again, welcome to the family. We look forward to hearing from you often. Let us know how we can help.
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    Any chance you bought that scope using a credit card with buyer protection?
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    Default Re: Newbie who already broke her first telescope! (Warning - I ramble!)

    Thanks everyone!

    I may have it fixed at some point. I did some quick Ebay searching after my 5SE purchase (probably should have done that first, huh?) and see they have some alternative GoTo mounts for pretty decent prices that look like they may work. That is definitely something I will look into to see if they are compatible. That was a question I was going to ask at some point which might sound silly - are telescope tubes interchangeable between different mounts? Searching for Celestron GoTo mount brings up some in the $50 range.

    The Celestron site has a motor board in their spare parts section which is the same piece on the inside that appears to be damaged. The numbers on it match. IF that's the only problem with it, I don't think the $91 is a bad price to pay either which is what it is listed at on the Celestron site anyway. Those little canister looking doodads on it - one of those appears to have blown apart which is the piece that fell out, along with some cardboard looking stuff and a silverish papery kind of material. (sorry - I'm kind of dense when it comes to electronic parts!) Nothing else appears damaged - but I think I would need to be able to power it up first before finding if it broke the motors too. Nothing else LOOKS damaged anyway. (am I allowed to post links?? I better go back and read TOS!)

    I definitely have no problem having multiple scopes The more the merrier! Whether it be to have others with me, or just to use them both. I really did like that telescope from the little use I did get out of it!

    My husband's kids are are older and not at home anymore. My daughter is 14 and while I thought she would really enjoy this telescope too since she has always showed interest in the subject, she has yet to even look through the 90GT. I brought it out for the Lunar Eclipse and thought she would like to look through it - she spent the whole time texting. Kind of funny - she even showed me a text of a picture of the moon that her friend sent to her. Um - it's right up there - you can look at it yourself! Kids....

    One of my good friend's daughter apparently got a cheap telescope for Christmas this past year. I had no idea. Her mom is definitely NOT into astronomy so I'm thinking I can take her on as a stargazing buddy and we can learn together!!

    Oh and as far as the CC with buyer protection - it was an Ebay Purchase through Paypal.
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    Hi and welcome to the forums Christina!
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