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    Hello and welcome to the Forum!! Great pawn shop find!!

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    Hello and a warm welcome to the forum
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    Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new scope!
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    Hello and Welcome!
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    Welcome to the forum and that was a great find.
    He has passed on his legacy to his daughter as of 09/26/2017.
    Now he views the stars closeup.
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    Default Re: New Nexstar 5SE owner

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Welcome to the forum!!

    The 5SE is a nice visual scope, but you will encounter some difficulties if you try to image with your DSLR through it. You can do it, but there are some things you may want to know. First, planetary and DSO imaging are completely different pursuits with completely different requirements. Your scope will be good for planetary imaging, but your DSLR will not be, the image scale will be very small. That is best done with a solar system imager like some of the newer ZWO cameras. Some of the better ones are also capable of the smaller DSOs as well, but they are not cheap. But these would fit in the focuser just like an EP and no additional equipment is needed.

    Your DSLR is a good choice for DSO imaging, but your scope and mount are not. The scope can be made better at this with a focal reducer which will widen the view and speed the scope up from f/10 to f/6.3 (a .5 reducer will not work well). But I believe you will need an adapter to attach the standard .63 SCT reducer, and you need the appropriate equipment to attach the DSLR to your scope. But you are still severely limited by your mount because it is an Alt/Az mount and you will suffer from field rotation keeping your exposure time below 30 seconds. This limitation means you would benefit from a faster scope, so you will really NEED the reducer as f/10 will be too slow.

    Getting the equipment to make it work for DSOs (and that being only mediocre) you may want to get a short refractor to put on your mount (it will hold a variety of small scopes) to image through instead of the 5"SCT, but you would still be limited in exposure time unless you get an equatorial mount. But you could do a lot more with DSOs with a short refractor that way.
    I'm has the wedge on it that I am hoping will help. I am concerned about vibrations..... I am hoping that I can get it to work with magic lantern, mirror lockup, and HDR stacking.... I don't know how the full frame camera will do vs a crop sensor.

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    Default Re: New Nexstar 5SE owner

    Quote Originally Posted by dagentooboy View Post
    I'm has the wedge on it that I am hoping will help. I am concerned about vibrations..... I am hoping that I can get it to work with magic lantern, mirror lockup, and HDR stacking.... I don't know how the full frame camera will do vs a crop sensor.
    You will find that the wedge is VERY difficult to work with. It is extremely hard to get it polar aligned correctly and you will likely have the vibration issues you are concerned with. Even with the wedge, you will likely still be limited to very short exposures which will not work well with the slow scope. This just is NOT the set up you will want for imaging anything other than the planets or moon, and that not with a DSLR. If you are planning to do any imaging of DSOs, I HIGHLY SUGGEST a different set up. I suggest one of the newer CMOS cameras like a ZWO instead of a DSLR, keeping the exposure time low, and getting a focal reducer. You will need to take a LOT of short exposures and stack them.
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    Default Re: New Nexstar 5SE owner

    Welcome and Hello! I've had my 5se for several years now and really enjoy it. It's small enough to pack away on camping trips!
    “Time flies like an Arrow, fruit flies like a Banana"
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    Scopes: 5se, SV70T w/flattener
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