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Thanks Joe, well it is a wet part of the UK for sure.
I dabbled with a wee bit of DSLR afocal moon stuff but then had 6 weeks of bad weather ie cloudy.
Got out this last week and decided it was time to right back to basics.
So I have been concentrating on Polar alignment of my cg mount (no polar scope) and just trying to get back into the swing of things with the C8. Had some really BAD nights (don't we all?) where nothing seemed to go right but have decided that a factory reset is a very good thing!
Last session was again poor due to operator errors, It was gone 2am and the mount was playing up. A final alignment post factory reset had the go-to's pretty good but I was now Vtired and started hitting the enter button instead of the ^ button, I just know all C users have been there, LOL.
By this time the full moon had cleared the neighbourly buildings so I spent some 30 or so minutes marvelling at the southern highlands at some 300+, a fantastic experience.
Been v poor weather last 2 nights but I AM getting back into it and laying down those procedures that help make the observing session a success.
Ok thats me, hope to catch up with you guys later.
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 31, 2010 4:52:16 GMT -6
The C8 is a robust great scope to pry secrets from the cosmos.
I use a green laser to help in the alignment of scopes, and the bright green beam is of great assistance in getting the C11 in the area...and then using the polar scope to make the final adjustments.
Is there a "best" time of a season for astronomy in Scotland?
It would be cool to see some pics of your set up, equipment and observation skies, so we here in Chicago could get a since of what you are working with. Also, share your astro pics as well please. I'm very interested n what you capture.
Great to have you part of the crew!
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ok, here we go. Subtropical Perthshire. (joke) Note how everything is GREEN!
CG5 bagged and wrapped. It's rained mostly for 5 days now, my fault for getting it too well polar aligned
my eventual first Afocal moonshot from about 2 months ago
cropped quite a bit (no FR as of yet) and re-coloured using the Canon software that came with the 1000D.
Hoping to continue the vertical learning curve, I went back and started afresh with getting the mount set up as best as I could polar alignment wise, that was difficult on the grass as it would sink during the space of a few hours due to the wet ground, causing, obviously, strange tracking errors. Those feet ain't made for hard surfaces, I know,but this will have to do for now.
I'll take some more shots once C8's back out again.