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    I recently joined the community and am an aspiring astronomy enthusiast. I'm about to get a new telescope and have been researching for some time now which one would be best for me. I'm giving serious consideration to the Celestron NexStar 6SE and the Celestron Advanced VX 6" Newtonian. I'm a computer science and engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh and we have a lot of decent group meetups and clubs for stargazing here and also at CMU and the Carnegie Science Center. I've become more interested in astronomy since attending these events throughout town with my girlfriend, who's also very interested in the hobby. I want a telescope that allows decent images of DSO and is suitable for good quality astrophotography, hence my interest in the Newtonian, but I'm worried about not having specialized casing for the kit, especially for the optical tube. Very strange that there isn't a protective case made either for the transport or storage of this terrific piece. If there were such an accessory, I would perhaps even go for the 8" Newtonian, but this is unlikely. Portability is important and I at the very least need to be able to pack the kit snugly in the trunk of my car without damaging anything and without taking an hour to assemble/disassemble.

    In any case, I'm glad to be part of the forum. I'll share photos from whatever setup I end up getting. I'm mainly here to connect with other stargazers and learn new stuff. Please feel free to send any suggestions or introductions my way.

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    Hello Ramsey! Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us!

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    Hello Ramsey, and welcome to the forums! I moved last year from PA to Arizona. I lived near Carlisle, about 25 miles from Harrisburg! Great location but clouded up a little too much for me!

    I have never owned either of the scopes you've mentioned, and as for AP, I am sorry I cannot help you there as I am a visual observer. There are a lot of good people here that can point you in the right direction, though! I am looking forward to which scope you pick, and to hear about your first light experience with it!


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    Thanks, Bruce!

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    Hello and welcome to the Forum! I spent many happy days at the Buhl Planetarium (Aka: Carnegie Science Center) and Allegheny Observatory when I was growing up in Pittsburgh during the 50-60's

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

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

    Hello Ramsey, welcome to the group! Lots of friendly folks here with good advice. As you have probably seen from your visits to your local groups, the 6 SE and 6" Newt are both good telescopes. Something else you have probably noticed, objects look different in different telescopes. Lots of us end up with several different set-ups to achieve desired outcomes. The 6SE is good all around for visual observation of objects with smaller area (Andromeda will be too large to fit all at once), but because of the type of mount it is attached to, pictures will have star trails if you try long exposure photography. Shooting video of planets will work though. The 6" Newt is good all around, but because of its larger surface area it is susceptible to small amounts of wind causing blurry pictures. But the planets will look smaller than the 6SE because of the shorter focal length, though larger DSOs will all generally fit in the field of view. Everything is a tradeoff.

    My advice - based on the equipment down in my signature - I would go with the 6" Newt on the AVX. The AVX is a good sturdy mount for smaller telescopes and will let you upgrade in the future. You can later acquire a 6SE OTA (just the tube, no mount) and put it on the AVX.

    Orion sells padded telescope bags that will hold the Newt OTAs, tripods & mounts. For the 6SE OTA, because of the size it is not difficult to get a trunk from Walmart or your favorite retailer for not much and put some padding in it. My C8 (an 8" version of the 6SE OTA) is in a Walmart trunk with foam lining, my 8" Newt, 6" refractor & 5" refractors all are in separate Orion padded bags, along with basically all the tripods I have listed down below except the NEQ-6 head, it is in its own padded Pelican case. Here is a pic of most of it in their individual cases, I had not bout the NEQ-6's case when I took this picture.



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