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    Hi everyone,

    I am California and have been watching the sky off and on every few years. I currently have a Celestron 127EQ. I seem to be experiencing as others. This has been a source of joy and bane. Joy that I can barely see the rings (a ring) of Saturn and some definition on Jupiter. Although bouncy. Like others, I want more. I am not sure how much more.

    I definitely want to see the rings of Saturn and some nebula would be amazing. I am not sure if I would get into astro photography. I would want to use my phone to take some pics though.

    I have been contemplating a Nextstar 8SE. I found a 4Se used for $350. This seems too small. I found a Meade LX200 10 for $1800 with "case that has an extra lens plus some color lenses." This seems tempting.

    I don't want to "buy it again" later. Hence, I am contemplating the larger scopes.
    I feel I am deep in this "hobby".

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    Default Re: Hello Everyone

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    Default Re: Hello Everyone

    Quote Originally Posted by NickInSac View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I am California and have been watching the sky off and on every few years. I currently have a Celestron 127EQ. I seem to be experiencing as others. This has been a source of joy and bane. Joy that I can barely see the rings (a ring) of Saturn and some definition on Jupiter. Although bouncy. Like others, I want more. I am not sure how much more.

    I definitely want to see the rings of Saturn and some nebula would be amazing. I am not sure if I would get into astro photography. I would want to use my phone to take some pics though.

    I have been contemplating a Nextstar 8SE. I found a 4Se used for $350. This seems too small. I found a Meade LX200 10 for $1800 with "case that has an extra lens plus some color lenses." This seems tempting.

    I don't want to "buy it again" later. Hence, I am contemplating the larger scopes.
    I feel I am deep in this "hobby".

    Nick
    Hello Nick, you're from Cali but we won't hold that against you... just kidding... everyone is from somewhere right.... lol. I'd say that the LX200 10" is a good deal especially if it comes with a tripod and mount and not just the OTA. If you look at the price of the new 10" its sky high, pun intended.

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    Default Re: Hello Everyone

    Since you are just starting out I would really advise you to just use the telescope you have at the moment and learn how to use it fully as well as what you like to view.
    This will let you discover the skies and what works best for you.
    Some collimation gear if you do not have it yet and a couple of proper eyepieces for your telescope and it will show you a lot of what is out there!

    Keep your hard earned money in your banking account for a while longer before "upgrading" to something you may think you need at the moment.
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    Default Re: Hello Everyone

    Thanks Gabby,

    I have been looking at getting better eyepieces. However, sometimes a see a slightly better scope with the better eyepieces and the slippery slope goes on.

    If I could understand and find a better EQ mount, I MIGHT be happy with my 127. However, I think I prefer the ease of use of a GOTO. So many ideas. Thanks again.

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    BTW: I do have a laser collimater. I adjusted my 127EQ a little bit. It didn't seem to help too much. The mount is still shaky...

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    You will also need a collimation cap or Cheshire eyepiece as the laser will not allow you to properly center the secondary under the focuser properly.
    You are also removing the lens from the focuser tube before collimating the telescope? Just remember which way it goes back in once done

    Is your mount shaky or the tripod? Mounts can be tweaked a touch but tripods can be stiffened up quite a bit.
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    It came with a cap. I did remove the secondary corrector lens to align it.
    The tripod is shaky. As I recall, this tripod is not known to be very stable. So far, I have just delt with it. It's good with a 15mm eyepiece and 3x barlow.

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    Hello Nick. It's great to have you join us on here. I would go with the Nextstar 8SE, as this is quite a versatile and useful instrument. Welcome to the forum Nick, and the best of wishes for many clear night skies now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickInSac View Post
    It came with a cap. I did remove the secondary corrector lens to align it.
    The tripod is shaky. As I recall, this tripod is not known to be very stable. So far, I have just delt with it. It's good with a 15mm eyepiece and 3x barlow.
    The spherical mirror is best suited for low to mid power viewing with this shorter focal length, I expect you would see a difference in the view just using a 5mm eyepiece as a barlow can cause other issues with faster Newtonian.
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