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    Hello Zippie, and welcome to the forum. I have a question relative to the 114MM Tasco - you described the design as 'tinny'. I'm guessing that the mounting is a bit shaky due to a lightweight mount (I used to have a Tasco). Have you tried weighting the tripod with some sort of weight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TOTSUWA View Post
    Hello Zippie, and welcome to the forum. I have a question relative to the 114MM Tasco - you described the design as 'tinny'. I'm guessing that the mounting is a bit shaky due to a lightweight mount (I used to have a Tasco). Have you tried weighting the tripod with some sort of weight?
    Hi Totsuwa, the tripod and mount are rock solid,
    The tube is super thin tin metal and the mount attaches to the tube with 2 screws. So it resonates on the mount every time it is touched. The movement is the actual tube flexing. I could fix it by adding a couple of tube rings but with a poor spec small mirror and being only F4 spherical, it is not worth spending any money on it.
    But thanks for the idea.

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    A little practice makes perfect with the Dob. You will get used to hand-tracking objects and giving the scope gentle nudges now and then to keep objects in the field of view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippie View Post
    How on earth do other Dob users cope without a tracking motor I wonder?
    To address this part of your question. "Muscle Memory" At first you will struggle to keep stars in the right place or learn to move the tube in the correct direction. Before you know it you will be moving the tube without even thinking about it.

    Just takes practice.

    It is the same technique that musicians, sports people, ever the average Joe driving a car use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippie View Post
    I saw loads of detail with a 32mm lens including 2 of the moons. Dropping in a 12mm Celestron Xcel and I could see 3 moons clearly and think I could just about make out a 4th at this 100x magnification.

    Doubling up with a Barlow gave me a bigger image but did not show any more detail.

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    Hi Zippie
    If you were out between midnight and about 5am, it's likely that Callisto was behind Jupiter, so maybe it wasn't magnification that stopped you seeing the four of them.

    The amount of magnification you can use on planets depends very much on the atmospheric conditions as well as the altitude of the target. With Jupiter at only about 20 degrees above the horizon, it's unlikely to give you a good view - so don't write off the 7mm EP.

    If you have an Android phone, you can get an app called Moons of Jupiter which will show you the current and future positions of the Galilean satellites over the next couple of weeks.
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    Hi Gfamily,
    Thanks for the tips.
    I did actually go back outside a couple of hours later when Jupiter had moved into the next viewing point where my house does not block the sky. This time I saw all 4, although the 4th was still really close to Jupiter.
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    The app sounds great, so I will download it.

 

 
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