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    Default 1st light Skywatcher Startravel 102 and other reasons to be happy



    The curse is definitely losing its grip. New scope arrived Tuesday and I'm out using it on Thursday evening!

    The arrival of a new scope is always an exciting time, and I've enjoyed myself this evening. This short tube F/5.0 scope was bought for the specific purpose of giving wide field views and it does exactly that. The build quality is decent (2" focuser is a little stiff), it looks smart and even the red dot finder thingy is accurate enough.

    I was outside with it long before the sun went down just setting up and trying it out on the moon. Nice sharp view albeit with a strong coloured fringing. I had bolted it on to my Alt/az syncscan mount and aligned it with the first two bright stars to make an appearance this evening (Sirius and Betelgeuse). The mount was as good as gold all session, providing accurate GoTos throughout.

    This scope is my "Cluster buster" (with thanks to Marshall (Makuser) for that phrase. So I set off straight to M45 even before it was properly dark. Lovely! All of the Pleiades in one eyepiece worth! Within the hour I had added four new scalps to my Messier 70 list namely the clusters M52, M34, M38 and M48. Visited some old friends (The Beehive and M42 of course) and split a lovely double Gamma Andromedae. Do have a look at it folks, its companion is tiny!
    I spotted the galaxies M94 and M106 but they were just tiny little blobs, so I'm not counting them yet. I just marked my list "Revisit with the dob". I saw NGC2264 but quite why its know as the "Christmas Tree" is beyond me.

    Before going out the missus had painted with red nail varnish my recently acquired strap on head lamp. These are a good idea, and helpful for when you are making notes, although a bit awkward if you also wear glasses!

    So, all in all a good night. A total of seven new messiers found, and all equipment working exactly as it should. My arsenal now consists of a "fuzzy finder" dobsonian, a "planet killer" Maksutov and the "Cluster buster" refractor. I guess I need never buy another telescope.......unless you know different that is!

    Clear skies.

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    Default Re: 1st light Skywatcher Startravel 102 and other reasons to be happy

    Great Report!
    I'm glad the 102 is working out for you Alec.
    I knew you would like it.
    Now how about that PST for the other 12 hours of daylight available for viewing!
    You can sleep during your next lifetime!


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    Default Re: 1st light Skywatcher Startravel 102 and other reasons to be happy

    Quote Originally Posted by Bobble View Post
    Now how about that PST for the other 12 hours of daylight available for viewing!


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    Oh Gawd! I hadn't thought about that.
    Is there no end to this astro gear buying madness???

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    Default Re: 1st light Skywatcher Startravel 102 and other reasons to be happy

    Quote Originally Posted by Alec in France View Post
    Oh Gawd! I hadn't thought about that.
    Is there no end to this astro gear buying madness???

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    Default Re: 1st light Skywatcher Startravel 102 and other reasons to be happy

    Glad you got to try it so soon! The weather here this winter has really sucked - I've had to run Stellarium a number of times just to remind me what a clear night sky looks like

    Bob is right, now you need a PST for the other 12 hours
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    Congratulations on your new telescope. Yep! No sun filter for you.... perhaps a Solar Max?
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    Congratulations on your new scope, and I'm glad you are happy with your purchase. Maybe this time reverse psychology is being used on you buy giving you clear skies in return for purchasing a new scope? If so, beware! Something is going to happen in the skies department!

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