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    Default Why did I even bother..



    So its been a long time since I saw stars through my telescope.

    I saw a chance at a brief opening tonight so I set things up for visual, maybe some cell phone snaps.

    It was warm and humid. Everything I took out of the shed and put outside dewed over immediately.

    But I persisted.

    Long story short after turning the main OTA dew band up to max I got the mount more or less synched and I got the following.

    M13 A nice big cotton ball amongst the humidity and light pollution.

    M12 A lot fainter but discernable.

    Saturn, this was my intended target. I viewed it through a 17mm plossel and the rings were quite clear, did not spot any moons but it was a nice view albeit it a little small.

    I took a break to wipe the sweat off my brow and everything else and tried to fit the cell phone holder onto the 17mm eyepiece. I was having a hell of a time trying to get the pinhole camera centered over the 17mm eyepiece when I looked up and ... the clouds had won

    Parked the scope, packed up, and called it a night.

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    Default Re: Why did I even bother..

    You need a new hobby... Like watching paint dry....



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    Default Re: Why did I even bother..

    Arghhh, so I got a clear night tonight, and had family doings to suck up my time. Now I see clouds in the East headed towarrd the zenith. The cloud gods are messing with us for sure!

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    Default Re: Why did I even bother..

    at least you had a clear night , i havent seen the night for weeks infact ive forgot what it looks like unless im working through it and then guarantee clear skies, no atmosphere issues, perfect weather
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    Default Re: Why did I even bother..

    Desperate times, indeed, Tom! Glad you got a little time in though.
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    Default Re: Why did I even bother..

    Hello Tom glad to see that you managed to view for a short spell. i have not seen a clear sky for months.
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    Default Re: Why did I even bother..

    Why did you even bother... Because it's in your blood.

    I too am once again starting to steer toward that rabbit hole.

    Just my 2¢
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    Default Re: Why did I even bother..

    Seems to be the same both sides of the pond.

    Last decent night was 17th June just outside Cambridge, when I got my first look at Saturn.

    Since then, there has been cloud ringing the horizon to 15 to 20 degrees elevation, and thin cloud overhead, so only the brightest stars are visible - except at full moon, of course, and one other night, when I was laid up with a chest infection.

    Got to improve soon, surely?
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    Heck last night I almost made a huge mistake I was planning on taking the telescope out around 7 PM EST but was saying to myself na better not waste your time because it's just gonna be cloudy and your just gonna be wasting your time...
    30 minutes later ...
    Pouring rain comes down thinking to myself holy cow I'm glad I didn't start taking stuff out!

    Lesson learned if the sky looks cloudy better not risk taking it outside.

    I've been outside a couple of nights, this month and the humidity has been at least 90% I could only imagine how fast my 5SE would've dew'ed up even with a dew shield on it.

    I've only got to use my AVX mount for a short time the first night I got it, but like I said I at least can have the enjoyment of waking up next to it and looking over and being like yup! I still got it.
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    Default Re: Why did I even bother..

    Thanks all.

    Yea that was another thing, rain was forecast for the wee hours of the morning so I could not set up for imaging. Just as well I did not even though it did not rain.

    The dew point was something like 78F and the ambient was like 80F almost had to swim to the scope

    At least I got 'some' things done. I had adjusted the gear mesh on the dec axis earlier and it ran great with no load on it. When I put the ota and weights on it sounded funny even stalled at some point. So I had to stop to fix that.

    Then I had to get a 2 star align done and that went pretty well. Did not even bother with a polar align though it should have been fairly close as I left the mount set up.

    My first goto was M13 and it lined up at least in the field of view with the 20mm reticle eyepiece. So I was happy with that That's actually a pretty nice eyepiece. Orion 20mm illuminated reticle

    I then tried to fit my cell phone holder to it and it kept turning. At first I thought it was loose in the eyepiece holder, only after 10 minutes or so did I realize that the end of the eyepiece rotates to focus the cross hairs

    So I gave up on that and slewed to M12 for a peek with the 20. Like I said just a fuzzy patch. That's when I realized the 20mm eyepiece had fogged over. So I pulled it and dropped in the 17mm plossel. That's better a little more definition but still pretty much a fuzzy patch.

    But Saturn was beginning to get out from behind the trees at that point that's when I decided to head inside for a drink and a damp towel to cool off some. When I came back out the clouds had moved in.

    So all told about a half hour putzing around with equipment, and maybe 10 minutes of actual observing. Probably took longer to button things up than I did observe
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