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    Got out tonight in the freezing cold wind for my 3rd time out with the scope (is it right to call it scope?). But the first time since i collimated it. Big difference.
    Tried for jupiter, failed due to finder being way off, turned round set scope on the moon, sorted out finder.
    Back to Jupiter, got it. big whitish ball with 4 moons tonight. Im just wondering if i need to use a filter to take some brightness from jupiter to see some detail on it, even a hint of a cloud band would be nice.
    Next target, Orion Nebula. Somehow turned the scope around and was pointed right at it when i looked into the finder (beginners luck) lol. It look fab even though it was being washed out a bit by the moon, cant wait for a pitch black night to see it in its full glory.
    Being ambitious i tried for Andromeda next. Didnt find it at all. Was having difficulty following some of the stars that guide you to it. Used cassiopeia and i think i might have been on Mirach, but i couldnt quite work out where to go from there, less moon will help next time.
    I also looked at pleiades and betelguese, pleiades was too big to fit in the fov with 20mm lens, Need more lenses. and filters
    Fitted a motor to the mount a few days ago, certainly stops all the shaking as your trying to follow your target.

    I tried for venus and neptune earlier tonight from a nieghbours window. not that succesful as we couldnt remove the window from between telescope and target so we had extra glass and a heat haze. I'll just have to get out earlier as dusk falls and catch them then

    All in All a good but very cold night out there, Phone app said wind chill -2 at 11pm

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    Nice report. I had the same problem as you with Andromeda, I started off from Cass the somehow got lost along the way. I still have problems every once in a while but it is nice to know that Cass is usually pointing the way, literally.

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    Great report! Seems very informational!
    You should be able to see some bands on Jupiter. When I first saw them with my 114 it was after I had been look awhile as well as slightly averted at first. After that I could see them every time.
    If you were in fact on Mirach you were very close to M31! It took me a long time to find it myself.
    Here's how I find it. Use the 3 brightest stars in the "W" of Cassiopeia as an arrow head to point at what I use for my finder star Mirach. After you find Mirach there's another dim star near it. Move in that direction, the same distance between those two stars and that should put you right on M31. One ya get the hang and get on it once, you'll get it every time!!
    Someone on the forums posted this pic of finding M31 (I think KeithBC) but it has been awhile and I cannot remember for sure!.
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    Good report. Where I live Andromeda has been washed out, and Orion is just a grey smudge.

    For general stargazing, get yourself a nice 32mm. You should be able to fit the entire Pleiades in your view.

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