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A newbie looking for recommendation

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:49 am
by Astrolover
Hello everyone!

I have been intrigued by the Universe since my childhood. It always feels like a riddle that is yet to be solved and that excites an ever curious mind of mine. I have been keenly exploring secondary sources on astronomy so far. But I am now ready to take the next step to explore the skies a bit more intimately!

I am planning to buy Celestron Nexstar 5SE soon. I am looking for views from anyone who has used it or has good knowledge about it. Is this a good telescope for a beginner? Is there anything that I need to bear in mind? Thank you so much for reading my post and sharing your thoughts as well.

Re: A newbie looking for recommendation

Posted: Fri Dec 25, 2020 12:10 am
by Airconvent
Welcome astrolover. For telescopes, there are 2 opposing forces. Big scope can see more but harder to deploy. Small scopes are easy to take out but the views may not be pleasing. I feel the optimal size for Singapore skies is 8" but a 5 or 6" is a good aperture to start with. If you can afford and if the size is still ok for you to bring around, consider upgrading to the 6SE instead. If not, the 5SE will still be a decent scope for you to start with. :)

Re: A newbie looking for recommendation

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:00 am
by Astrolover
@Airconvent, thank you so much. This is helpful.:) Yes, the size (for space at home reasons) and the convenience factor is key. I am looking at 5SE though I feel it does take up space with the tripod. I was told I can use it without the tripod at home.

Re: A newbie looking for recommendation

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:53 am
by Hardwarezone
You need to keep the telescope and eyepieces in airtight dry storage too , that will take up more space and $ budget.
Having the telescope mounted on the tripod as in display piece at home , only works for other country with dry climate , low humidity in air.

5se and 6se is different at the mount too , the bigger one have higher carrying capacity which is very helpful if you change/sell scope and reuse back the mount+tripod.

Re: A newbie looking for recommendation

Posted: Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:40 pm
by rlow
Hi Astrolover

I had a C5 OTA before, and also helped a friend with Nexstar 5SE. Is this a good telescope for a beginner? Yes I think so. If you are comfortable to find planets and bright deep-sky objects by yourself, you can also consider to get just a C5 OTA only, on a Manfrotto 410 gearhead mount and a standard-sized camera tripod, this then become a compact grab-and-go setup. Unless you keep in air-con room, otherwise keep in a dry box or dry cabinet is a good practice to avoid fungus on mirror & lens.