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    Default Totally Pointless StarMax Picture



    This is a totally pointless picture of a 90mm Orion StarMax cooling down at around 17:30 GMT and aimed westward.

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    It is waiting to see a setting Venus and Mercury mounted on a Sky-Watcher AZ5.

    Screenshot 2018-03-15 at 23.13.17.png

    Of course, right about the time Venus would be visible to the naked eye, dark clouds suddenly appeared and a relatively bright cloudless sky turned opaque. I didn't see anything, neither did the StarMax.
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    Default Re: Totally Pointless StarMax Picture

    Fairly typical of late.
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    Default Re: Totally Pointless StarMax Picture

    Yep.
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    Default Re: Totally Pointless StarMax Picture

    Leaving it out where the Cloud Gods could see it was where you went wrong. You have to hide it in your garage or a shed with the door open for your cool down, then leap out and bag those planets before they realize that an observer was lurking under the clear sky.
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    Default Re: Totally Pointless StarMax Picture

    Quote Originally Posted by Trombatissimo View Post
    Leaving it out where the Cloud Gods could see it was where you went wrong. You have to hide it in your garage or a shed with the door open for your cool down, then leap out and bag those planets before they realize that an observer was lurking under the clear sky.
    Good plan!
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    Default Re: Totally Pointless StarMax Picture

    I was so close this time. It was bright and clear, the OTA was nicely cooled, and the new TS Optics dew shield looked cool.

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    Then, around the time Venus should have been visible, not only were there storm clouds but it rained on me.

    @Trombatissimo ~ I should have hid in the shed, right?
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    Default Re: Totally Pointless StarMax Picture

    Will a cover work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    Will a cover work?
    It's worth a try.

    This is a great cover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQZhN65vq9E
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    Default Re: Totally Pointless StarMax Picture

    I feel your pain. I picked up an Orion 127mm Apex recently and haven't seen a clear night (or morning) since.

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    Default Re: Totally Pointless StarMax Picture

    Quote Originally Posted by nightsky_guy62 View Post
    I feel your pain. I picked up an Orion 127mm Apex recently and haven't seen a clear night (or morning) since.

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    Yes, I have recently acquired a Sky-Watcher 127 Mak (SkyMax) as well. I've used it once, on a Vixen mount. The Porta II mount in combination with the Vixen Hal 130 tripod is heavy for me as I'm disabled. I have to tow the mount/tripod into position with a garden trolley. So it's not as convenient for me as the 90mm Orion. Which is much faster to disassemble in the rain lol.
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