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    Default A Welcome Cool and Finally Clear Night



    I setup earlier in Daylight today, after finally getting the finderscope re-aligned and the SN-6 fully re-collimated after it's recent focuser upgrade. But it seems that every time I do something like this, the clouds just seem to appear. This was the case earlier tonight. Had the SN mounted on the Twilight mount cooling down in the front yard, and a look outside after dark just had me going. I decided to see if I could fool the cloud gods by making it look like I was packing it all in, but I carried it all out to the back deck and under the gazebo and out of sight instead.

    That worked...it has just cleared out nicely.

    First up, a look at M42 and into the Trapezium. Man, it is really a gassy thing tonight. I am tempted to setup the AVX and do some photography, or at least take a few snaps on the Twilight. But that would be tempting fate. Besides, the laptop battery just came up with a big red "X" telling me I need a new battery. And I don't feel like extension cords tonight (and it is a bit windy).

    No problem pulling out the main 4 stars in the Trapezium at all. There is a bit of coma off center (which is kind of bugging me) and I think it is finally time to get the GSO Coma Corrector and the box of misc spacers to finally get this thing all set for photography. The Moonlight focuser...probably the best investment I have made in a while. The old one was such a pain in the butt.

    Up to the Pleiades and dang...just breathtaking. The seven sisters had all their in-laws out tonight, along with their 5th and 6th cousins. Tried going just a bit higher and then ... nothing. This Twilight mount is nice and all, but just not made for anything very long or wide. It never seems to be in the right adjustment when I need it. Maybe I will get some knobs for a faster field change.

    The deck is a bit too shaky. And the dogs are just looking at me, scratching at the sliding door to come out. And then as I am looking at them, on goes the kitchen light. Damn, I just got acclimated. The wife just doesn't get it sometimes (or just doesn't care). She is pretty sick, and I don't know if anyone watches the Big bang Theory...but when my wife is sick, she is like Shelton when he is sick. And yes, she wanted soup!

    She is almost done. Maybe I will put her back up to bed and sing "Soft Kitty" a few times. I have tomorrow off, and I don't get enough of these nights. I refused to bring everything in yet...
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    Default Re: A Welcome Cool and Finally Clear Night

    Good luck with the cloud demons and the wife
    Hopefully the evening gets quieter for you and you get a good session in.
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    Default Re: A Welcome Cool and Finally Clear Night

    Very nice, Marc! I hope you can extend the session and tack on to a great evening. Good luck buddy!
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    Default Re: A Welcome Cool and Finally Clear Night

    Sounds like you have a good session going there Marc! I hope it got even better as the night went on! Very windy here too!
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    Hi, Marc. I hope you are enjoying the session. Clear skies.
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    Nice report! Hope your wife feels better soon.
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    Default Re: A Welcome Cool and Finally Clear Night

    By the time I was done taking care of her, and falling asleep with her head lying on my chest (and surrounded by two dogs) it was almost 3:00 AM.

    Jupiter Time!

    Man, this SN is also a pretty serious planet killer. I mean it looked as clear through this as it did through my old MAK. M3 had finally cleared the tree-tops (my next project is slapping on the tree spikes and doing a bit of trimming), slipping in between a couple of pine trees that I swear were saying "cut me down...cut me down". I was hoping to bag M13, but it was still a bit too low behind the tall trees.

    But it was cold! I stuck it out a while waiting for the true indicator of Spring (Vega rising in the east) but it wasn't happening fast enough. At least the ground was solid again after all the snow melt.

    Very impressed with this little SN6 and the nice red Moonlight focuser. I think I will keep it.
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