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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian



    I always had faith in the scarecrow. Thanks for that, Oz. With your review I'll more than likely go for the Newt now. You're right - the mount is a big deal. That was one of the main aspects that drew me toward the AVX. It allows other larger and different scopes to be mounted on it as well and for clearer AP from what I've read. No need to upgrade to a more heavy duty mount in the near future because this mount will support scopes even double the size of the AVX. With a second opinion, and one from an enthusiast with many scopes it looks like, this is reassuring that the AVX is the best choice. So, "good observation" (pun intended). Now for the follow-up question: does the 8" rather than the 6" make a hell of a difference?

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    I didn't realize it was there that long, but wow! Small world it is.

    Thanks for the introduction. Glad to be here with a fellow Pittsburgher.

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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramsey View Post
    I always had faith in the scarecrow. Thanks for that, Oz. With your review I'll more than likely go for the Newt now. You're right - the mount is a big deal. That was one of the main aspects that drew me toward the AVX. It allows other larger and different scopes to be mounted on it as well and for clearer AP from what I've read. No need to upgrade to a more heavy duty mount in the near future because this mount will support scopes even double the size of the AVX. With a second opinion, and one from an enthusiast with many scopes it looks like, this is reassuring that the AVX is the best choice. So, "good observation" (pun intended). Now for the follow-up question: does the 8" rather than the 6" make a hell of a difference?
    I would stick with the 6" Newt. Next scope (for SURE) would be an 80mm APO refractor, now we're talking about SERIOUS DSO imaging on the AVX. For this we don't need aperture, we need fast premium optics which the 80mm APO supplies in abundance. The weight capacity on the AVX is 30lbs. This is for visual use only and for AP considerations we cut this in half (15-17lbs.). This is a total load of scope, camera, and any other accessories such as an autoguider. And the lighter the load, the better the mount will perform, so don't try to push it with aperture that you don't need and really don't want. The most impressive DSO stuff coming out is from 80mm APOs.

    Now you need to think about a couple of other things. Comfortable observing chair (MUST HAVE) and a decent pair of binoculars (SERIOUS NEED). You take one trip out without the chair and you will see (feel) what I mean. EVERY astronomer NEEDS a pair of binoculars. They will show/teach you a TON of stuff, are the ultimate in portability, will be useful no matter what scope/scopes you have, are useful during the day, and are FUN!! You need something to look through while the imaging gear is at work as well.
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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian

    YES. Definitely know about the chair. I have a couple older pairs of binocs but they're not good quality class. One was handed down from my grandfather so it's decades old and another is a "self-focusing" Bushnell (I got it for $90 when I was at Yellowstone). I've been meaning to get a pair from Zeiss, as they definitely produce some of the best class out there, though I know Celestron makes mountable binoculars that I guess are tailored to the needs of stargazing. Your advice makes sense about the scope though. Very good point about the tradeoff between aperture and weight.

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    Thanks a lot for pointing that out. I had trouble understanding the magnitude of the issue regarding field of view. It seems there is truly a difference when comparing Newtonian and Cassegrain setups with respect to the field of view. I didn't realize it made such a difference, so thanks for that. I definitely do want to be able to see Andromeda among other galaxies, nebulae and such.

    Very good advice on the storage. Thanks for the photo as well. Not so much concerned about it anymore!
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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian

    Excellent advice the AVX is a very nice mount for smaller lighter scopes and AP While I do not do AP I do have a AVX and I have put both my Nexstar 8SE and mainly my Astro-Tech AT 130EDT refractor on the AVX. The AVX handles the 130 refractor well but it would be a real stretch to try AP on that. An Astro Tech 80 refractor on the other hand now that would rock for AP. That is probably how I would go if I was going to try AP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramsey View Post
    "..but they're not good quality class"
    I meant "glass".

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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    This is a no brainer here, the 6" Newt on the AVX for SURE, no contest or question about it. The 6SE is a good visual scope, but that's it, when the topic of AP comes into it, the AVX is the only answer. The mounts are the biggest (HUGE) difference here as the 6" Newt is OK (not the best but it only adds $100 and well worth it) and the 6" SCT is not bad (again not the best) for AP, so it's a wash on the scope tubes. But for MOST AP, you will NEED a good EQ mount, the SE is an Alt/Az mount which seriously limits any AP (except planetary) endeavor. The AVX is a good EQ mount with AP in mind when they designed the thing. It travels well and so will the 6" Newt even without a case. Heck, just keep the box and packing they ship it in, there is a good amount of molded packaging material there to keep it safe. When considering DSO AP, the AVX is the ONLY answer here. I LOVE mine, great mount and very easy to transport in any vehicle, sets up quick, and is extremely accurate.
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    The SE6 is a real pocket rocket for visual. For AP......not so much......in fact not at all
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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian

    Welcome to the forum Ramsey
    If you really want to get into AP, Then you need an EQ mount.

    I've been doing visual for 49 years and still haven't the desire to mess with snakes, oh I mean AP, LOL My 6 SE gets the most use and have found by trial and error over those 49 years it's about the best visual scope.
    I even use it more than my 8, the 6 is a sweet spot.
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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian

    Welcome to the forum Ramsey
    If you really want to get into AP, Then you need an EQ mount.

    I've been doing visual for 49 years and still haven't the desire to mess with snakes, oh I mean AP, LOL My 6 SE gets the most use and have found by trial and error over those 49 years it's about the best visual scope.
    I even use it more than my 8, the 6 is a sweet spot.

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