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    Default Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE



    Hi there, I am new here and new to astronomy in general. I have been using an Orion 90mm Mak-cass with an Orion EQ1 mount, no tracking. I have 10mm, 19mm, 25mm and an adjustable 8mm-24mm eyepieces with a 2.5x barlow. I also have a ZWOASI120 color eyepiece camera. I have been able to get good shots of the moon and okay shots of Jupiter and Saturn. Venus and Mars are just white and red dots at this point. I have not tried for any DSO's yet. In any case, I just upgraded to a Celestron Nexstar 8SE and to be quite honest, even though it's a "goto" scope, I am a little apprehensive and intimidated by it. It's been rainy and cloudy since I received it, so I haven't had a chance to take it out and practice alignment and attempt to view some objects. The bundle I purchased includes the power tank, lens cleaning pen, a 2" diagonal and eyepiece set, power adapter and I also bought a small planetary filter set.
    Enough back story. I searched this forum and did find some stuff, but more so, I am looking for opinions on what accessories I should consider to help enhance this scopes capabilities. As of now I am thinking about getting an auto focuser, a Telrad finder, dew shield, and I'd like to get an EQ wedge but at the same time would rather get an EQ mount.
    Anyone out there who has a C8 who could clue me in on upgrades big or small that will help make the c8 experience better?
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE

    Hi there and welcome.

    Stuff for your 8SE in this order (just MHO).

    1. Dew shield - flexible (they're inexpensive)
    2. 12mm illuminated reticle eyepiece (EP) (for an EP they are relatively inexpensive)
    2. .63 Focal reducer - a must for this scope
    3. Feathertouch micro focuser (really nice to have but not absolutely necessary).

    Practice your goto alignments and do use the illuminated reticle EP for best results. The Telrad will not be needed except for the first two stars you'll use for your initial goto alignment, so it really isn't absolutely necessary. Hold off on the wedge as it is only useful if you plan on taking long exposure deep sky objects. For this pursuit, it is a sub-optimal setup. Go with an EQ mount instead. Everything else you purchased will keep you going for a while.

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    Default Re: Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE

    I'm with JT on the accessories.

    And most definitely skip the wedge. If long exposure AP is in your future, PLAN on getting a GEM (and likely a short refractor).
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    Default Re: Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE

    +1 on the Dew Shield
    And the MOST important accessory.....




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    Default Re: Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE

    Quote Originally Posted by jaetea View Post
    Hi there and welcome.

    Stuff for your 8SE in this order (just MHO).

    1. Dew shield - flexible (they're inexpensive)
    2. 12mm illuminated reticle eyepiece (EP) (for an EP they are relatively inexpensive)
    2. .63 Focal reducer - a must for this scope
    3. Feathertouch micro focuser (really nice to have but not absolutely necessary).

    Practice your goto alignments and do use the illuminated reticle EP for best results. The Telrad will not be needed except for the first two stars you'll use for your initial goto alignment, so it really isn't absolutely necessary. Hold off on the wedge as it is only useful if you plan on taking long exposure deep sky objects. For this pursuit, it is a sub-optimal setup. Go with an EQ mount instead. Everything else you purchased will keep you going for a while.

    Cheers,
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    Thanks for the advice and suggestions!
    The finder scope it came with is garbage. You would think for the money you'd get something a little more decent. What is the purpose of the illuminated eyepiece? At 12mm wouldn't it be hard to find objects with it?
    I totally forgot about the focal reducer. I have also looked at the feather touch focusers. Do you think they have an advantage over the motorized ones?
    I'll definitely pass on the EQ wedge. I agree it's really nothing more than a stop gap and it makes everything look awkward and ugly as all get up.

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    Default Re: Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE

    Also, what about either the Celestron Starsense autoguider or some other autoguiding set up? Worth it?

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    Default Re: Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE

    Welcome to the forum.

    The only item jaetea left out is a decent observing chair.

    The reason for the illuminated 12 mm reticle eyepiece is to precisely center alignment stars. The more precise your alignment, the more accurate your gotos will be. You will not use it for observing so save money by getting a 1.25 inch reticle eyepiece instead of a 2 inch one.

    The red dot finder is poor but more than adequate for its task. However a telrad does make the task of finding alignment stars a bit easier. More important you can remove the telrad and put it back later without it loosing its alignment while the red dot finder must be realigned with the scope, something not that easy in the dark of the night.

    Forget the wedge for the 8 SE and save the money for an equatorial mount if photography is in your future.
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    Default Re: Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE

    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceCorgi View Post
    Also, what about either the Celestron Starsense autoguider or some other autoguiding set up? Worth it?
    I'm not a fan of Starsense. I'd rather get a fast refractor and auto guider package. That way one can choose which scope to use for imaging or guiding. Flexibility in choosing the focal length for imaging is good.
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    Default Re: Opinions on accessories for a Celestron Nexstar 8SE

    Another vote for a dew shield , honesly all Refractors come with one so why do MCT and SCT scopes dont have one as standard ? even in my dry climate in winter I can only use then for 30min before its all fuzzy
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12richardk View Post
    Another vote for a dew shield , honesly all Refractors come with one so why do MCT and SCT scopes dont have one as standard ?
    Right!! It doesn't make any sense to me either. They should skip the substandard starter EP and give us a dew shield. It would probably be cheaper on the vendor and give us something actually useful.

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