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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g



    It's a wood deck set on top of a wide, flat roof. The building is solid brick from the 1800's. Typically there's no other activity up there except for the aforementioned A/C units on the far side, but there are 5 other tenants in the building underneath. Maybe TMI, but I'm getting a little nervous now about my viewing prospects up there. Would the dob be a better choice, or does it sound like I might have a hard time with either one?

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g

    Quote Originally Posted by sdeez View Post
    It's a wood deck set on top of a wide, flat roof. The building is solid brick from the 1800's. Typically there's no other activity up there except for the aforementioned A/C units on the far side, but there are 5 other tenants in the building underneath. Maybe TMI, but I'm getting a little nervous now about my viewing prospects up there. Would the dob be a better choice, or does it sound like I might have a hard time with either one?
    I don't have a DOB, but I observe routinely from wooden decks using scopes from 80mm refractor to 8" SCT on light and mid duty tripods. When I move around or other people walk by you get shakes. Will random people walking by be a problem in your case? If they are friends of family they typically cooperate.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g

    Quote Originally Posted by sdeez View Post
    It's a wood deck set on top of a wide, flat roof. The building is solid brick from the 1800's. Typically there's no other activity up there except for the aforementioned A/C units on the far side, but there are 5 other tenants in the building underneath. Maybe TMI, but I'm getting a little nervous now about my viewing prospects up there. Would the dob be a better choice, or does it sound like I might have a hard time with either one?
    Hard to tell without actually experiencing it, but I would have another observing site as a backup just in case. The choice of scope will not make any difference with this.

    You can observe from the deck with no problems using binoculars.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Hard to tell without actually experiencing it, but I would have another observing site as a backup just in case. The choice of scope will not make any difference with this.

    You can observe from the deck with no problems using binoculars.
    Ok, in that case if the dob won't be any better, I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the Nexstar. My only holdback now is that you can't manually slew the SCT with your hands which to me just seems like it takes some of the romance out of backyard astronomy, but I think it's something I can overcome given how much more portable the SCT will be. Thanks for all the help here, folks! On to my critical accessory research...

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g

    Quote Originally Posted by sdeez View Post
    Ok, in that case if the dob won't be any better, I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the Nexstar. My only holdback now is that you can't manually slew the SCT with your hands which to me just seems like it takes some of the romance out of backyard astronomy, but I think it's something I can overcome given how much more portable the SCT will be. Thanks for all the help here, folks! On to my critical accessory research...
    I like to observe with manual mounts to. So, I bought 8" SCT OTA and ES Twilight I AltAz manual mount. Saved a few bucks in the process. Love this setup! Using it since 2016.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    I like to observe with manual mounts to. So, I bought 8" SCT OTA and ES Twilight I AltAz manual mount. Using it since 2016.
    Just to give you a fair and balanced viewpoint, the vast majority of us use a mount that tracks when viewing the planets, especially when viewing under high magnification. Additionally, the 8SE has clutches so if you would like to move the scope manually you can do this. Just keep in that if do this after you have performed a "goto" alignment you have to go through a couple of additional steps to keep your alignment if you manually move your mount or you will lose the goto alignment.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g

    I have both scopes and each one of them have their plus and minuses. If your deck is wooden, your gonna get vibration on both scopes, a little less on the dob. If this a first scope, I'd lean more to the 8se. Easy to set up and a great scope for learning the night sky. The dob will be a bit frustrating at first if you're not used to collimating it everytime you move it. The dob will give you a better FOV right out of the box without any add ons. Good Luck.
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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g

    You might want to consider talking to the folks at the Chicago Astronomical Society and then there's the Adler Planetarium there as well. I actually follow both on Facebook.

    As far as the scopes, I too lean towards the 8SE with a focal reducer that Ozman13 mentioned.

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    Default Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE vs. Orion SkyQuest XT8g

    Hello sdeez. Although I don't own an SCT telescope, the available options on the Celestron NexStar 8SE allow you to go from an f/10 focal length to a shorter focal length for DSO viewing with the focal reducer. And I agree with AbbN, The Adler Planetarium had some great astronomy courses years ago. No one single telescope can do everything, but this one comes pretty close. I hope this helps sdeez, and the best of regards.
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