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Veronica L

Should I buy used Celestron Nexstar 5se?

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There is a Celestron Nexstar 5se for sale in my local area.  Owner says it was used once, and he is asking $500.    This would be my first telescope. I've wanted one since I was 8; I'm 59 now, and I think it's finally time!  I am comfortable with technology/gadgets/computers/star charts.  Not interested in astrophotography.  I am interested in DSO and portability, as I will have to travel to get away from city lights. Am wondering whether to buy this or spend big bucks and get a 6se.  i.e. would I be disappointed in the 5se?  

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That's up to you. A 5" SCT is big enough to give you interesting views of a variety of objects.  It will show some galaxies if you can get to a dark skies site.

The 6" (C6 SE) will do everything better, but will be a bit bulkier and heavier. It has a bigger mount, the same as used with the C8 SE.

The Nexstar GoTo system is relatively easy to use.

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The se's require power. They take batteries in the mount but reading reviews most people end up buying a power pack. Which are about another 60 quid or so and more stuff to lug about in the dark. I was recommend a 5 or 6 se by the local astronomy club. However if you can stretch your budget the evolution series of comes with it's own built in power pack and a sturdier mount. I found one in a sale and am very pleased with it so far. Just remember whatever you decided to do, make sure you've updated to the latest firmware. 

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