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    Default SkyQuest 4.5 Arrived Today!



    I just got my new SkyQuest 4.5 this afternoon. Immediately ripped into the boxes and assembled. Really very easy, maybe 20 minutes job. I aligned the spotter scope and aligned. Again very easy, but I can already tell the straight through finder is going to be a PITA. Just have to bend you neck to some weird angles.

    I only have positive things to say so far. I am so glad I opted for this scope. Solid construction and very portable. Just pick up my the handle take it outside, set it down and start viewing. Will be great for taking camping, though I have very dark skies where I live. Collimation was close out of the box, but I fine tuned. Can't wait to get it outside in the dark. Unfortunately, the clouds are moving in. I might be able to get a small window of opportunity. If so, I will post a report. If not, I will post a report when I do get a clear night.

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    Congrats on the new scope. Yes, that size is very portable and you can still see plenty with it. Looking forward to hearing about your first night out with it! Happy observing.
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    Paused No Reservations long enough to go our and check out Sirius and the Orion Nebula. Viewed Sirius with the 25mm and it was a brilliant blue dot of light. I was amazed how easy it was to find it. I sighted down the outside of the spotting scope to get in the general area, found it in through the spotting scope and then went to the focuser and there it was, a little off center, but it was there.

    Then I hopped over to the Orion Nebula. Again, I sighted down the spotter, adjusted to get it in view, then there it was. Quickly switched to the included 10mm, refocused and...Wow! Totally easy to see the nebula. It wasn't big, but it was there. Very cool! Brought the wife out to see it and she was impressed as well.

    I do love the ability to just set this scope down and start seeing stuff. I left it out to cool down for about an hour (68 indoors, 30-something outdoors), but when it was time to view, I just sat down on my porch steps and went at it. I am a little disappointed that the planets are in poor positions, either next to the sun or next to moon, but in a week or so that will change and I should be able to see Saturn without being washed out. I am psyched to look at Saturn. My wife wants to see the moon, which we could have done tonight, but we aren't ready to deal with the cold seeing as it is March. So, we finished watching Anthony Bourdain in Polynesia, then Jamaica, where we will be this time next week. Hopefully when we get back there will be warmer nights and clear skies.

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    Congratulations on your telescope. One thing with a small telescope is the more you use it, the more details you will began to see. As you have already learned, it's hard to beat their grab and go capability. My vintage manually operated 4 inch SCT sits ready on the go at a moment's notice and gets used very frequently.

    Again congratulations on your new telescope.
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    Definitely a good idea to scan the skies a little with binos first. That coupled with lurking a while around here really gave me a sense of what to expect with a smaller scope. I'm not expecting Hubble quality stuff.

    And that's definitely why I settled on this particular scope. The portability. Just grab and go. No aligning, no disassembly to take it somewhere. Just point and look. Either on my front porch or back deck or off the tailgate of my truck or a picnic table at a campground. Can't wait for summer and the warm nights!!
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    congrats on the new scope!!
    sometimes the simple approach can be the best.
    no having to do polar alignment,just point and observe.
    way to go.
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    Here's wish you plenty of clear skies to enjoy that new scope!

    Looking forward to reading some observing reports from you.
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