Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

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Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » September 26th, 2018, 12:31 pm

HRPO is striving to bring GoTo technology back to its viewing pads. Many consider this one of the most beloved telescope ever! Although HRPO believe that all beginning skygazers should use a manual telescope to save money and learn the sky, computerized telescopes are fantastic for serving the public. The iconic “orange tube” design of the NexStar has been updated with all the latest features. This will insure the best stargazing experience for newcomers and seasoned visitors to HRPO! It's a Donation Drive, basically--if $1200 is collected by the end of night 3 November, HRPO patrons will be looking through this beauty by the end of the year!

More information:
https://www.celestron.com/products/nexs ... -telescope
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Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » October 5th, 2018, 4:12 pm

HRPO is acquiring a number of donations at this time. Approximately twelve percent of the $1200 has been obtained. The owners are waxing hopeful and lining up the potential operators to be trained: Jordan Cobbs, Ben Toman and Scott C.

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Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » October 15th, 2018, 12:09 pm

HRPO has acquired almost $400 in monies for this acquisition. To find out more about the telescope and how HRPO would utilize it (and how to donate)...
http://hrpo.lsu.edu/programs/drive.html

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Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » October 24th, 2018, 1:49 pm

The monies have topped $600. Since there is very good forecast for this Saturday's viewing, and since the Drive ends on a Plus Night, HRPO personnel are hopeful the goal will be fulfilled.

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Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » October 30th, 2018, 10:36 am

The monies have topped $800, but there is still a long way to go--and only four days left! On the Monday after the deadline, the monies collected by HRPO are added to the monies sent directly to the BREC Foundation. If the sum exceeds $1200, the scope will be on its way.

For donating directly to the BREC Foundation:
http://brecfoundation.org/ways-of-giving

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Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » November 27th, 2018, 2:15 pm

The Donation Drive for 2018 was successful. HRPO received $1200 exactly! The Nexstar 8SE will be ordered today. Thanks to all who helped and all who donated. The Nexstar will have first light at HRPO's 2019 Preview Party on Friday the 28th.

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Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » January 20th, 2019, 6:01 pm

The Celestron NexStar 8SE has arrived at HRPO! It will be in use tonight for the Total Lunar Eclipse. The event is mainly unaided-eye, but the telescope will show periods close-ups of the Moon, and other celestial objects.

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Re: Celestron NexStar 8SE Computerized Telescope

Post by Christopher K. » March 15th, 2019, 3:45 pm

The Celestron NexStar 8SE will next be in action at HRPO during Plus Night, Saturday 30 March from 7pm to 10pm.

[Don't forget to come early for the annual NanoDays celebration from 3pm to 7pm. More information on that event is at
https://www.lsu.edu/physics/news/2019/0 ... nodays.php.]

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