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    Default CPC 1100 Second night out!



    OK everyone, first to address some of the comments from previous posts:

    Both nights, I set the scope up at dusk, realigned the finderscope and left it. I then spent a couple hours inside to eat dinner w/ the family and put my daughter to bed before starting my observing session. I think this is adequate cool down time.

    Last night, I centered a bright star and run it out of focus to check the collimation. From the photos I seen referencing what it "should" look like, I think mine is dead on.

    I think I have settled on the Zhumell dual speed focuser. I also have the Orion dew zapper. Living in the southeast United States, I knew I would NEED this item.

    Now Last Night!
    Used the three star sky align method again with great accuracy! Spent my time hitting many of the same targets over again just this time cahnging the eyepieces and playing with magnification. When I originally ordered the ill fated LX200, I got the Meade 4000 eyepiece and filter set along with it. I did keep this to use with my CPC. I used the 9.7mm, 12.4mm, 15mm and 32mm. I seen first hand how "seeing" has to be perfect for high power magnification. I also seen what you meant by using low power to find the "faint fuzzies"

    All in all, a great night. Globular and open clusters are quickly becoming my favorites. I also spent some time getting familier with the NexStar database. Very easy to use and I am stil very impressed with the pointing accuracy!

    Thanks again for the support everyone, and clear skies to all!

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    Nothing against the Zhumell focuser...(heck I have never saw one) BUT until you pull the trigger ...just grab a Styrofoam coffee cup
    and slice the bottom off about 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch up the sides...

    Cut a hole slightly smaller then the focus knob...(just remove the rubber grip (pulls right off) and mark the size in the center of the bottom of the cup then cut the hole with a knife......stick the rubber back on and you will not be able to do some "fine" focusing without nearly as much trouble...

    I'd be tempted to align the scope as early as possible and center any object in the Eyepiece and let it track that object for a few hours THEN go outside ...(let it track as it cools) ... and see how it does... Mine did pretty well the first night but I still did not how it was balanced so I purchased a set of counterweights and it now tracks for hours ...

    Enjoy the scope and pray for SPRING....LOL\

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    Good report. Can I ask are you carrying the scope out each time?
    A friend of mine said he found it nearly did his back in moving it
    Use the cpc8" and am use to the weight of it, but the 11"??
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    Nice report Bud ! Globs are amazing aren't they .

    As a C9.25 , owner I ended up getting a Crayford Dual Speed Focuser for mine . I still think and probably will do the DIY mod ( Styro cup or Peanut jar lid ) on the original focus knob to get it in the ball park.
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    I do carry the scope out each session. Roughly 20 yards after going down 5 steps. Like I said in a previous post, I have degenerative disc disease resulting in two bulging discs in my lower neck. Maybe because it is my neck and not my lower back, I find no real problems with the weight. Though it is heavy. I did buy the Zhumell dual speed focuser, and WOW! I also bought the Orion EZ finder. I know it was my inexperience, but I found trouble comparing what I see with the naked eye to what I see (upside down and Magnified) in the finder scope. The EZ finder solved that. I think I have spent my accessory budget for the year! Stil amazed a the pointing accuracy!
    Great Scope!

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