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|About a month ago I sold my 10'' lightbridge for several reasons. Mainly because I live in apartment, most of my viewing is done from our second floor deck. Having a low axis point on the mount made for very limited viewing. Most of the time it would sit in my garage unused bc it was too big to store in the apartment or on the deck. And if I were going to dark skies, it was a hassle to break down and too big to fit in my car. |
Last night I pulled the trigger and bought an 8 se. I can't wait for it to get here. I'm hoping that it's size will allow me to use it more. My friends always liked when I brought my scope to cookouts but it just became a hassle after a while. Of course I will take some obligatory unboxing pics once it arrives.
For now... I play the waiting game lol
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Location: Mandeville, LA USA 30.38 X 90.07
|First, I'm an SC fan and second, the SE series is a really nice visual setup. Very comfortable as the eyepiec is never in a really bad position. Congratulations on a nice scope! |
Location: Cincinnati, OH
|Dont blame you for that situation. I have a 12" dob. and it is a bear. Luckily, I only have to wheel it about ten feet into my driveway. Its only been on my deck when I REALLY was after something I couldnt see from the driveway, and I only have four steps from my driveway to my deck, maybe a total of 30' distance.|
|Well, here she is. Arrived yesterday |
According to pocket universe, I was going to have a great view of Saturn from my deck around 9:30-10, and wouldn't you know it started pouring last night around that time. Fudge. We shall try again tonight.
I forgot how powerful a telescope can be. I was sighting my laser site on a tree about 1/4 mile away. I was amazed that I was able to see individual needles on the pine tree and a swarm of Mosquitos flying around the branch! I had previously never used my old scope during the day. This was quite the site. Even my gf was impressed.
It put things in perspective: I can quite clearly see a tiny fly a 1/4 mile away, yet Saturn still looks so tiny in the scope. I think this made me realize just how big our solar system is and how far apart we are from our celestial neighbors
Edited by intheflesh 6/9/2012 5:52 PM
Location: Sand springs Okla.
|Very nice scope, and yes the roughly 700,000,000 miles to Saturn is a long ways. But its next door when you start looking at the Galaxies and Nebula you will see with that scope.|
Location: Marysville,Wa 48.07N-122.21W
|Congratulations!!! You are going to enjoy that scope!!|
|The 8se is a real nice scope. I had a LightBridge 16 and sold it for similar reasons. I now have a nexstar 11 gps. I was a trigger pull way from gettting the 8se (for my need for portabllity) when the 11 came my way. I went to a local star party and someone there had the 8se set up. I spent literally an hour at the eyepiece. The owner of the scope really helped accomadate my desire for info on the 8. I walked away that night knowing I would be perfectly happy owning an 8, despite leaving a 16" apertue behind. The 8, in my opinion has, great portability, views, ease of use. I am only interested in visual, not AP, so this scope seemed to be a perfect fit. I'm sure your aren't disappointed. |
Edited by nightsky guy 12/26/2012 11:26 AM
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