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anpiecaga

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I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« on: December 24, 2017, 08:49:19 AM »
I just purchased my Nexstar 8SE, and I purchased a lithium ion battery to power it, what else should I get besides a dew shield and 30mm eyepiece since I personally I dont want those, A distinct size eyepiece is ok though.



notaslasof

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2017, 07:07:31 PM »
I dunno, what are you into? Nicer eyepieces (Delos are my favorite price/quality) are a good place to start. Maybe a Telrad/Rigel Finder since they're easier to use? I like lasers on my C5... especially if you have dark skies. Does it come with a 2-inch diagonal? An electric focuser is a nice add-on (Rigel makes a DC one that isn't too expensive).

What's your budget?!

Donald Jansen

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2017, 04:12:20 AM »
There is a discussion on this scope in the eyepiece forum (go to the last page) and I would suggest a replacement focuser like the one talked about there or my feathertouch. It's such a huge improvement over the stock one, you won't regret it for a minute. I also plan to install another cable for the handset on mine as when it is really cold, it's unreadable after sitting out to acclimate. I have been taking mine out and setting the scope outside without it but it's such a pain to hook that thing up that I want a short extension so I can take the handset off with a joint in the cable that is not so hard to undo. I also bought a cat cooler for my cats to help with cooling faster as sometimes it takes hours to get them observing ready. You will need a dew shield for sure, unless you plan on just quitting when it gets moist. I know I would have a lot of awfully short nights without mine. I would get several more eye pieces. I have from 6mm on up to 30mm and use them all frequently. Although mymost usedis around the 11 or 14mm focal length. I've used my 10 and 6 ethos in mine as well. To do this I had to replace the stock diagonal with a two inch one with better reflectivity. I admit though with my bad seeing higher mags make me lose detail on planets so I can only go with the short length ep's on select days. I think the stock finder is fine. Yes it's cheap but it works and you only need it for alignment. Ialigned mine once with the ota and it's still right where I left it. I personally would not replace that.

So a must: Dew shield

Highly recommended: Feathertouch or like focuser, 2" 99% reflective diagonal and an assortment of three or four differentnice EP's, also if you plan on using yours in your back yard, get an ac adapter to run on the grid. Never have power issues as with this scope, when the power is even only slightly off, the thing does not align, or find targets well at all.Other than that, enjoy.

Oh, I also got the gps unit for mine because I am lazy about inputing data into the scope but you don't need that at all. It can take time to get a fix some days so if you don't mind keying in date and time info don't bother with that.It's just I have one and like it so I thought I would mention that. I've never had to tell it where it is but as I understand you only have to do this once and as long as your location does not change the computer remembers it from use to use.

Christian Shim

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 07:08:29 AM »
I have an 8se and use it for just about everything lunar, planetary and even some DSO work. A good general eyepiece is a 8-24 zoom. If you use it with a 2X Barlow you will have covered most of the useful magnification range. I have to agree with maugi88 the stock focuser could be better so that would be something to look at (they are not cheap). You will need the dew shield not only for dew but it helps a little with light pollution. Having said this there seems to be an endless amount of additional accessories that you can add to the scope (just ask my wife). Take your time and work with your new scope to find out what you want to achieve. The universe will still be there. Oh and use this forum to ask questions. I just solved an interesting issue with my mount by reviewing some old threads and fixed the problem right away.

Enjoy

George

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2018, 04:18:08 PM »
#1 Read the instruction manual. Most problems with new toys is that we fail to read the instructions. That is a GoTo scope, check to see if there is any form of tuning of the drives or training the drives or calibrating the drives recommended. If so,do it.

#2 If that is a NexStar 8SE I believe that you must use the computer/hand controller to move the scope, you can't just swing it by hand or you will damage the drive system.

Not sure what you got in eyepieces. We are always adding eyepieces. I have a Celestron 8-24 zoom, Ilove it. The view is not as good as my single FL Plossls but it is close enough and it is SO convenient to land on a target an just zoom in rather than swapping eyepieces. Give that some consideration. As George said, with this you have a full range of magnification. You can add in single FL eyepieces over time.
http://www.amazon.co...=Celestron 8-24

2X barlow - Everyone needs a 2X barlow. Doubles the mag of each of your eyepieces.
http://www.amazon.co...elestron barlow

My 8" Dob has a 1200 mm FL. The 8-24 zoom gives me 50 to 150X. Add in the Barlow and now I have 100-300X. Those two pieces of glass are all I need for a full evening of viewing. If I land on something where I want to have the optimal image then I may switch to a single FL eyepiece that gives me something close to what I am zoomed to with the zoom eyepiece.

Just some ideas.

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2018, 01:01:32 AM »
Baader Hyperion zoom is great. Better star diagonal is nice - Baader prism or dielectric mirror of good quality.
If you do not live in a desert, and think you don't need a dew shield for an 8se, you are incorrect or plan to tuck in early every night.

Nick Nisianakis

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2018, 02:22:18 AM »
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You will need the dew shield not only for dew but it helps a little with light pollution.Take your time and work with your new scope to find out what you want to achieve. The universe will still be there. Oh and use this forum to ask questions. I just solved an interesting issue with my mount by reviewing some old threads and fixed the problem right away.

Enjoy

George

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Tyler Cox

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 04:14:18 PM »
My 8SE dews up in less than an hour.

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2018, 12:47:00 AM »
If used without dew shield!

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2018, 08:53:58 AM »
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I just ordered my Nexstar 8SE, and i ordered a lithium ion battery to power it, what else should i get other than a dew shield and 30mm eyepiece because in my opinion i dont need those, A different size eyepiece is ok though.

You will be sorry if you don't use a dew shield.

Zachary Tenk

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2018, 10:57:33 AM »
One can make a dew shield from craft items like black posterboard .

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2018, 05:36:50 AM »
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One can make a dew shield from craft items like black posterboard .

can i make one with cardboard?

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 06:59:05 AM »
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My 8SE dews up in less than an hour.


For mine, 10 minutes it was a couple weeks ago. And that's WITH a dew shield, but looking near zenith. Absolutely necessary.

Other accessories: There is a good reason people mention a 32 mm Plossl eyepiece: it works well and maximize the field of view for only a few $$. Otherwise something like a 24 mm Explore Scientific 68 degrees will maximize the field of view. Then either the Baader 8-24 mm zoom (really useable between 8-20 mm for decent field of view), or combination of 60-70 degrees AFOV eyepieces, like a 15 mm and an 8 mm. I have all of these, they work well. Best travel setup: 24 mm ES68 + Baader zoom, or ES68 24 mm, 15 mm and ES82 8.8 mm. Eyepieces in the AT Paradigm/Agena Dual ED range work well too: 25, 15, 8 mm. The eyepiece supplied with the 8SE (25 mm Sirius Plossl equivalent) is good, but only has 50 degrees AFOV. Maximum magnification (realistic) is going to be with a 7-8 mm eyepiece.

Maybe a deep orange or neutral density filter for the Moon too, and a sheet of Baader solar film to make a DIY solar filter.

Have fun!

--Christian

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Re: I ordered my 8SE, now what?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2018, 11:34:42 AM »
Hi. Of course! Just spray paint it--outside glossy enamel to seal it from moisture, inside flat black. Make it fairly long, 12" extension is just over minimum.

--Christian

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