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    Default Aperture fever and 1st light report



    So, only four months into the hobby and I've been bitten by the aperture fever bug.
    My beautiful new Skywatcher 200p flextube dob with auto tracking has arrived. It looks great.
    No instructions on how to bolt it together but easy enough to work out. I set up the alignment of the finderscope by using a radio mast around 2.5 kilometers away. Was stunned to be able to see some of the cable work on the mast. Excitedly called the wife over to have a look. She said something enthusiastic like "yes dear", and went back to reading her magazine.
    One small problem. At anything less than about 12 degrees from horizontal the scope would not stay in position and flop down. I had purchased it from a company in Germany and feared having to pack it all up and send it back for replacement, there being no obvious way to adjust the tension. Eventually I took the cover off the motor and discovered the nut to do this. One tiny (and I mean tiny) tighten and all was well.
    Sat in the gathering gloom waiting for dark, playing with the fine alt az movements you can get with the handset. Fabulous!
    Crescent moon tonight, dark black sky and some amazing views. Barlowed up my 10mm eyepiece for maximum magnification - great detail. On to Mizar to look at a double star, excellent view, and rock steady. Tried the auto track, which kind of worked. More learning here for me I think.
    Now for Cassiopeia. Thought I might try to find NGC654 along the ways from Ruchbah. Boy, there are zillions of stars in that area that my new scope can resolve. I've had two goes at it now and I'm not sure that I'm looking in exactly the right place. I find Ruchbah (I think) and then am not sure if I've moved too far, or too little along from it.
    At least though I can do a lot of this by actually sitting down. Hoorah for dobsonians. Thanks to Skywatcher for such a nice piece of kit.

    A final question. My daughter sent me a little digital inclinometer which reads down to a tenth of a degree. Its magnetic and easily attaches itself to the OTA (shame its not illuminated). does anyone else use these. If so, are they accurate enough or am I just complicating things for myself?

    Clear skies to all.

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    Nice report and thanks. Thats a beautiful scope for sure, the inclinometer shouldnt be needed unless your really on some hilly ground. Clear skies to you and congrats on a nice rig.

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    Congratulations on the new scope. Got a feeling your wife may be seeing a lot less of you in the coming weeks. At least at night. Hehehe. Enjoy...Chris

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    Congratulations on your new telescope. digital inclinometer; see: My new "PushTo" system (part 2)
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