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Celestron Nexstar 8 SE a good starter scope?

Started by lightpol, 06/19/2019 12:08AM
Posted 06/19/2019 12:08AM Opening Post
Hello, after viewing Jupiter's moons during the opposition, I think I need to buy a scope.  I live in an area with a moderate amount of light pollution but will occasionally get to take it to rural skies.  

I prefer something motorized that can help me find objects (especially given the moderate light pollution most of the time when I use this) and prioritize ease of use/less maintenance.

Given the above and a desire to stick to less than $500 for a first scope, I am hoping to find a Celestron Nexstar 8 SE used for at least close to this price (I already noticed one in the classifieds here but the user is selling locally only).

I know there are a million threads across the Internet asking "is this a good first scope for me" but I thought I would solicit any feedback for whether this is a decent choice for a ~$500 budget used with a motorized finder to use in a location with some light pollution.

Thanks for any thoughts!
Posted 06/19/2019 05:03AM | Edited 06/20/2019 03:59AM #1
Originally Posted by Gabe *
Hello, after viewing Jupiter's moons during the opposition, I think I need to buy a scope.  I live in an area with a moderate amount of light pollution but will occasionally get to take it to rural skies.  

I prefer something motorized that can help me find objects (especially given the moderate light pollution most of the time when I use this) and prioritize ease of use/less maintenance.

Given the above and a desire to stick to less than $500 for a first scope, I am hoping to find a Celestron Nexstar 8 SE used for at least close to this price (I already noticed one in the classifieds here but the user is selling locally only).

I know there are a million threads across the Internet asking "is this a good first scope for me" but I thought I would solicit any feedback for whether this is a decent choice for a ~$500 budget used with a motorized finder to use in a location with some light pollution.

Thanks for any thoughts!

An 8" SCT like that is an excellent choice for a 1st scope.....very versatile. While it doesnt do any one thing with excellence it does pretty much everything very well when combined with a focal reducer for wider field viewing as well. Buying used gets you in very reasonably as well.....

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Statham GA
Posted 06/20/2019 02:48AM #2
Thanks for the reply. I read that the field of view can be too narrow for some objects with the 8 inch aperture for this one but a new eye piece can help somewhat.

Can you comment on how much of an issue the FOV would be if one bought a different eye piece?
Posted 06/20/2019 03:58AM #3
Thats why I mentioned WITH a focal reducer which expands the field of view......without using a focal reducer it is best suited for planetary viewing. Wide angle EP's can also help.

20" MidnighTelescopes f/5
8" f/16 Muffoletto Achro
Meade 6" AR6 f/8.0 Achro
Celestron C11
Parallax PI250 10" F/5 Newt
Vixen FL102S,NA140SS,R200SS
80mm Stellarvue Nighthawk with WO APOupgrade lens, 90mm f/16.67 Parallax Achro
LXD75/LX200, Mini-tower, GP-DX, CG5 ASGT, LXD650, GM-8, G11, GM-100, GM-150EX, GM-200 and a Gemini G40
4" portable AP convertable 44" or 70" pier
Stellarvue M7 Alt-Az, TSL7 Pier/Tripod
12.5" f/5 MidnighTelescopes DOB Swayze optics
Statham GA
Posted 06/20/2019 04:00AM #4
Ahhh, focal reducer... 

Thanks for bearing with this newbie!