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    Just want to say hi to everyone here on this forum and to also say that I'm new to this whole thing. A week ago I got my first look at Saturn and wow that was awesome. Then the other day after a sleepless night I got out my scope and pointed it at the brightest object in the sky and... Jupitar and it's moons were shown to me. I must say I was stuck for words when I first saw it.

    In fact I still am. Then yesterday I had my first close up look at the moon! Nothing on earth can compare to the sight of the mentioned above.

    Well anyway to make this post short!

    HI EVERYONE and I hope to be active in this forum!

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    Hi affixed ...Welcome aboard the forums ...Jump in anywhere you want to and ask any questions you have ...What kind of scope are you using ?
    16in Night sky Dobsonian F4.5 , 90mm refractor 500mm FL , 7in LX200 classic Big-mac , Meade eye pieces with a few odd balls thrown in ...
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    Right now I have a 4.5" Celestron Refractor (I think) Its the one with a primary mirror at the bottom and the a secondary mirror inside a tube. Im looking to get this 8" one from celestron with GPS etc as an upgrade soon.

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    Thats a newtonian reflector you have there ...Great scope that will show you bunches of stuff ...The 8in will show you more though ... ..Oh yea , any eyepieces you have will probably work in the new scope you are looking at .. A refractor is the kind of scope that you look through the small end and the view comes out through the bigger lens at the other lens ...Like a pirate scope ...
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    Hi Affixed welcome to the forums! A 4.5" is a good scope, but let us know which 8" Celestron you are going to get and when

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    Welcome affixed!
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    Hey everyone!

    Thank you for the replies. The 8" I was looking at is at this link:

    telescopeplanet.co.uk/ViewProdDetails.asp?name=Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope With Control Software&prod_code=PON06G000009

    you will need to put the www at the start as it wont let me post a link yet

    what you guys think?

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    That nexstar stuff is a awesome machine ...I have a advanced GT celestron CG5 mount and the object data base has over 40,000 things so get prepared to be blown away by the amount of stuff you will see ... My mount is an equatorial mount while yours is a alt-az mount but i think the data bases are the same ... 8in. of aperture is a lot bigger than a 4.5 even though its almost double the size , the light it gathers is is a little more than triple ...A 4.5in. mirror gathers 15.9in of light while a 8in. mirror gathers 50.26 ..Quite a difference ...
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    Hi affixed. Welcome to the forum. I think I have the bug too. I was looking at the same scope. I have an Orion Skyview Pro 120 on a homemade scope buggy for moving around my yard. I really enjoy it but the Nextar 8 SE looks like an easy to handle set up if I want to stick it in the trunk and hit some dark sky sites. Decent aperture and portability. Still thinking it through. Nice folks on this site. They've been helpful to me as I continue through my learning curve. Len
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    Quote Originally Posted by roverich View Post
    That nexstar stuff is a awesome machine ...I have a advanced GT celestron CG5 mount and the object data base has over 40,000 things so get prepared to be blown away by the amount of stuff you will see ... My mount is an equatorial mount while yours is a alt-az mount but i think the data bases are the same ... 8in. of aperture is a lot bigger than a 4.5 even though its almost double the size , the light it gathers is is a little more than triple ...A 4.5in. mirror gathers 15.9in of light while a 8in. mirror gathers 50.26 ..Quite a difference ...
    Wow thats alot of light. I cant wait to get this scope! I've been looking to join the Astro club here but it seems to never be open! which sucks. I was thinking about getting the 10" scope they have but I think its it abit to advanced for me right now. I'm hoping this 8" will last me a few years till I get to know the sky better. Then I will upgarde to a higher/bigger scope size.

    Im also hoping on taking photos with this one also. Do you have any tips on how to actually do this or is it a tad out of my depth right now?

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