Celestron NexStar 8

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Subject: Re: vote by xxx.xxx.254.118
By: rmollise
In Reply to: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.254.118) (Original Vote)
Date: 12/28/2001 05:25:50 am PST
>If you buy a cheap Celestron it sucks. If it's over $700 it's
>great! In this case so is the NexStar 8. When I saw the
>NexStar 5 I knew the mount was too big for it.
>Whatever. The tracking is good, but the mount is not designed
>for long-exposure astrophotography. The optics are also pretty
>good. I've seen better computerized 8-inch SCTs.
>However it's a good choice for a highly portable, computerized
>SCT. What I don't like is that it's not built for a tripod.
>Have you seen it on one?


1. Both the NS5 and NS8 cost more than 700 dollars.
2. The scope comes with a tripod.
3. Have you actually seen, much less used a NS8?

Rod Mollise

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Subject: Software
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.10.135)
Date: 05/21/2002 03:59:44 am PST
I think nexstar has the worst sofware ever...

1 - no internet update
2 - no object identify
3 - no memory for settings (every time i have to insert data)
4 - no park scope

It has been a big delusion.....(not for optics)


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Subject: celstron Nexstar 8
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.253.1)
Date: 01/17/2004 04:04:01 pm PST
AS am matter of fact I own one with the aluminum tripod. I would much rather have the heavy duty tripod. The optics are excellent, and if you install home-made index pointers on the fork, and mounting rail, most of the goto glitches disappear. The only other thing I personally would recommend is to replace that red-dot pointer with an 8, or 9X50 spotter. This way, you aren't limited to goto astronomy, but can use it like a traditional scope. You can use the RA/Dec entry from the alt-az mode also. For the price, with a few mods, or of you've got the bucks, Dr. Clay's supercharging, this is a great visual scope. Peter A. Canfield

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