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Dellis

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  1. How long have you had your Nexstar?

    It's taking me a while to work out all of the niceties of the goto mount. Do you use the precise goto mode very much?

    I've only had it a couple of weeks and have been at home for just two nights observing in that time. I'm new to astronomy and upgraded to the 8SE after a couple of months with a 5" Newt.

    The first GoTo setup was a bit hit and miss but I went through the process again and accuracy was much improved. The second night it was spot on accurately tracking and the GoTo was accurate for the couple of objects I used it for. It is much more accurate if you use three points that are as far apart as possible and you centre the target accurately.

    Hope that was of some help.

    Dave

  2. At the end of last year I bought myself a Celestron 130EQ and the first time I took a peek skywards I was hooked :) I bought the 130EQ to see if the hobby was for me and as I mentioned I was hooked straight away so time for something bigger. I need portability and having struggled finding objects I wanted GoTo so narrowed my choice down to the NexStar 8SE, CGEM 800 and CPC 800 GPS and headed off to Opticstar in Sale last saturday. Anyway after seeing the scopes in the flesh and wanting fast setup with portability the CGEM 800 was knocked off the list, next to go was the CPC 800 GPS mainly due to the increased weight over the 8SE. So the 8SE won the day.

    Time to find out how good it was going to be and tonight offered me the first chance to see. I'm really pleased to say the least. Setup was easy, GoTo accurate and the view is fantastic.

    Looking forward to clear skies.

    Dave

  3. Not seen a clear sky for days now so still no further on, forecast says friday night should be clear so fingers crossed :)

    Dave

    Well it started out clear enough for me to get a first view of Pleiades M45 and I was planning on staying up to observe Saturn, best laid plans......

    Dave

  4. Thanks for the warm welcome one and all. I was hoping for a clear night but the fog has rolled in so that's put an end to that :D I'll add Pleiades(M45) to my list and have a look as soon as I can see.

    Dave

  5. Hello to one and all. I'm new to astronomy but over the years have spent many an hour gazing upwards in amazement wondering what it all looks like. Anyway in the last few months of 2010 I decided to take the plunge and buy a cheap telescope to see what I could see, to whet my appetite and decide if I really was interested in spending my time in the dark looking upwards. Anyway I took the plunge and as I didn't know what I really wanted to look at didn't splash out too much spending £120 on a Celestron 130 EQ. The first night was full of frustration predominantly caused by the totally useless finder scope! A visit to Stockport Telescopes and £25 saw me with a red dot finder which I've mounted and has made a world of difference. As per the standard advice I started with the moon and was totally blown away then I moved on to Jupiter (something I really wasted to observe based on my love of Ted Simon's "Jupiter's Travels") and saw its moons, I then cast my gaze towards the nebula inside Orion and after looking at that I was speechless then a blubbering idiot calling my partner and boring her stiff with what I'd seen.

    What should be next on my views that will blow me away list? (I've already been told that if I'm not already hooked once I've seen Saturn I will be)

    I think it's safe to say that, even at this early stage, I'm hooked and cannot comprehend how much better the view will be if I spend a few quid more.......

    Advice, criticism, banter etc all very welcome......

    Oh and if there are any motorcyclists on here I'm also Dellis on UKGSer.com and ADVRider.com.

    Dave

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