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



    Quote Originally Posted by Ramsey View Post
    I'll be honest, I'm intimidated by the GOTO mount. I've been observing through manual adjustment, mainly. Not sure if using the GOTO functionality is such a good idea for a beginner such as me. I'm just getting used to knowing the sky and I barely know any of the stars, making the two-star alignment very difficult.

    Perhaps I should have just gone with a traditional mount for the time being. Anyhow this thing is brand new. Thinking maybe of selling or trading it for something more suitable for me. Not sure if it's still eligible for return/exchange, so I don't know what method for resale to use as of yet. Definitely don't want to use eBay.
    The nexstars are easy just pick a bright star and slew to it and do the alignment then go to another and do the same. the Nexstar series you do not have to know the names just find bright stars. the AVX and the other GEM mounts you have to know the star's names. That was a big change for me. The Nexstar is a piece of cake and I can align my Nexstar 8SE in 5 to 10 minutes tops. The AVX is not really any harder you just have to know the names of what you are aligning too. Keep working on that Nexstar alignment you will get it down soon enough.
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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian

    Quote Originally Posted by dagadget View Post
    The nexstars are easy just pick a bright star and slew to it and do the alignment then go to another and do the same. the Nexstar series you do not have to know the names just find bright stars. the AVX and the other GEM mounts you have to know the star's names. That was a big change for me. The Nexstar is a piece of cake and I can align my Nexstar 8SE in 5 to 10 minutes tops. The AVX is not really any harder you just have to know the names of what you are aligning too. Keep working on that Nexstar alignment you will get it down soon enough.
    Right, but what purpose will it serve? There are so many objects to see and learning the sky is essential anyhow. How would I learn it with a mount that does all the navigating for me? And the thing weighs a lot. I think I just want a very good pair of binoculars and a simple telescope. I watched the meteor shower the other night and just took a simple pair of binoculars and the view was astounding. The binocs were cheap as well. Imagine what the view would be like with a decent pair that were actually made for celestial viewing. You mount those on a tripod and take a simple but decent telescope, you're good as golden.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramsey View Post
    Right, but what purpose will it serve? There are so many objects to see and learning the sky is essential anyhow. How would I learn it with a mount that does all the navigating for me? And the thing weighs a lot. I think I just want a very good pair of binoculars and a simple telescope. I watched the meteor shower the other night and just took a simple pair of binoculars and the view was astounding. The binocs were cheap as well. Imagine what the view would be like with a decent pair that were actually made for celestial viewing. You mount those on a tripod and take a simple but decent telescope, you're good as golden.
    Ok

    well every time you use the aligned scope and do a goto it will provide you the name of that object. That helps you learn the sky. But I also have a push to And that I use to just look at the sky. You will be amazed just what a little knowledge of the sky will get you and no GOTO is needed but it also has advantages. My brain does not know 40K items like some of the GOTO's do...... But as they say whatever floats your boat it is all the same good viewing is going to be good viewing GOTO DOB push to or Binoculars. I have all 3 and each has different uses at different time.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by dagadget View Post
    Ok

    well every time you use the aligned scope and do a goto it will provide you the name of that object. That helps you learn the sky. But I also have a push to And that I use to just look at the sky. You will be amazed just what a little knowledge of the sky will get you and no GOTO is needed but it also has advantages. My brain does not know 40K items like some of the GOTO's do...... But as they say whatever floats your boat it is all the same good viewing is going to be good viewing GOTO DOB push to or Binoculars. I have all 3 and each has different uses at different time.

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    I guess you have a point. I was looking at the Echelon binoculars from Celestron and was wondering of anyone had any experience with those. They seem like a very decent pair.
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    Default Re: First telescope: NexStar 6SE or Advanced VX 6" Newtonian

    Hi Ramsey. Welcome to the forum!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramsey View Post
    I see that you have the Bushnell 10x50's in your inventory. Are those a good companion for stargazing? I have a pair of those too but they're the "self-focusing" model.
    Hello again Ramsey,

    Jumping in late, - I love this thread.
    I have the Permafocus Bushnell and they are pretty good for astronomy, particularly if you do not wear specs. I prefer manual focus that my older Pentax binos allow me, just because I can take the glasses off and go. The less glass between me and my target, the better. The Bushnell do benefit from a tripod, due to their higher mag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanadalainen View Post
    Hello again Ramsey,

    Jumping in late, - I love this thread.
    I have the Permafocus Bushnell and they are pretty good for astronomy, particularly if you do not wear specs. I prefer manual focus that my older Pentax binos allow me, just because I can take the glasses off and go. The less glass between me and my target, the better. The Bushnell do benefit from a tripod, due to their higher mag.

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    I have the same exact ones! Those are what I use right now. They're surprisingly good, especially for only $90.
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    I have the same exact ones! Those are what I use right now. They're surprisingly good, especially for only $90.
    Then you should be good to go! 12x is good but IMHO need stabilization with a tripod or at minimum with the viewer braced well. These binos have a standard thread for mounting an L-shaped bino bracket to any tripod. Get the bracket and a decent tripod and you are there. I have used these to locate a few of the bigger Messiers in my quest for the 110. Take at look at M31 or M103 in Cassiopeia with them, you will enjoy that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kanadalainen View Post
    Then you should be good to go! 12x is good but IMHO need stabilization with a tripod or at minimum with the viewer braced well. These binos have a standard thread for mounting an L-shaped bino bracket to any tripod. Get the bracket and a decent tripod and you are there. I have used these to locate a few of the bigger Messiers in my quest for the 110. Take at look at M31 or M103 in Cassiopeia with them, you will enjoy that.
    I enjoy them for getting a better look at the stars and for navigating the sky. But for better views, I think that a higher magnification would be nice.

 

 
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