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    Russ, instead of a powertank you can get a battery jumper pack and save some cash.
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    So here it is, our (Me & my FiancÚ) first light with our new 5SE. I suppose it's a sort of review, but not really. (BTW, this has ended up longer than I planned, but I really felt like I wanted to share this with like minded people).

    I opened up the package yesterday once we got home from Green-Witch Telescopes, grabbed the manuals & re-sealed it up. My plan was to read a little, then play a lot rather than the other way around.

    So tonight, a lovely clear sky in Stourbridge. Opened up the box, planned to install SkyFX First Light Edition only to find out that previously, the box had been opened with a not so careful stanley knife. A lovely slice straight across the CD making it unusable (I don't use any knife to open boxes for this reason alone). Ok, I can get that sorted out with Green-Witch another day.

    Next up, put it all together. Tripod, nice & straight forward. Scope, ready constructed & attached to the mount. I decided to go with the Azimuth option for my first light, I'll take a look at the EQ wedge thing another time. Then came my second blow. The Red Dot on my finder scope doesn't appear to be working. Grabbed another battery. Nothing. Went to the shops for new batteries but still nothing. Not having the best luck here really.

    No, this isn't going to stop me. Connected the PowerTank, got power to the scope & took moved into the bedroom where we have a large window that opens up facing south. Orion waves a hello every evening at the moment so I decided to start there. With no finder scope & no auto alignment, I'll just slew the skies myself & see what I can see.

    I sat behind the scope & manually lined her up looking down the side & across the top to try & get as close as I possibly can to something. First stop Beetle Juice which was & located pretty quickly. And what a nice view. A nice orange sort of rippling glow, a few twiddles with the focus knob & we were in focus, out of focus, wobbling a little, sometimes a bit of fuzz through the atmosphere, sometimes a pin sharp dot. Wow! The more I thought about what I was looking at, the cooler this felt.

    At this point, my fiancÚ wanted to see what I was seeing. She wears glasses but after a little while decided using the focus dial to compensate without glasses worked the best for her. She loved it, then asked if she could look at the bright blue one down & left a fair bit.

    So off we went, manually slewing around & a few minutes later, bam. A very bright blue spot welcoming us into the garden. I used Sky Survey on my iPad to discover that this was Sirius. And what a view that was currently dead square with the open window we were using.

    Around this point, Jupiter was on my mind, fast approaching the window frame & almost out of sight above the flat so we needed a little re-positioning of the tripod then a slew almost vertical upwards. Again, this took a few moment until I noticed an extremely bright flare coming from the bottom of the view. This HAD to be the light from Jupiter. Downwards a couple of taps on the remote & my stomach honestly jumped. No word of a lie, in an uncontrolled yelp I said, "Oh my god"... "What? Have you got it?" ... "I can see it's f****** moons!!!" ... "REALLY???" ...

    This really was a moment I'll always remember. No bands for me to see just yet, there's time for that, but seeing this large bright white light, 2 smaller white spots to it's left (Right in the real world, but the scope flips the image left/right) & 2 more either side approx the same distance from each side. This really is Jupiter! And I'm looking at it right now, not a picture, or a documentary, or a simulation... Jupiter. Right now (Ok, about 45 minutes ago, but you know what I mean).

    We'd been looking for around half an hour by now (I think) & despite being in Azimuth mode & not EQ mode, no tracking on account of the lack of finder scope to set everything up but still, I felt compelled to grab a snap of my first views. Out came the camera, T Ring & T-adapter. Both myself & my fiancÚ took a few pics & here's one of the Jupiter shots.

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    This went on for a while, playing with exposures & ISO settings. Nothing to set the world on fire, but they'll always be our first pictures.

    With Jupiter drifting to the roof of the flat, we decided to visit Sirius one more time (Pff, who needs a GoTo system anyways ) & here's a shot we took of Sirius.

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    The pair of us haven't stopped talking about it all night. What an experience & all we done was look at 3 bodies.

    I've sent an e-mail to Neil at Green-Witch so hopefully be able to sort out the software & finder scope soon enough, but even without those I really enjoyed manually finding the objects we wanted to see. A great evening all around.

    Russ.
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    That was good! Had me grinning the whole time I was reading it. People who aren't into astronomy just don't understand what we get out of it until they take a look through the eyepiece. Nice report!
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    Thank you for your super report. You do realise that you are both hooked don't you ?. Wishing you the very best of viewing. Keith.
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    Not sure if it exists, but this evening was me 'second light',

    Much shorter story this, but wanted to share this one too. My replacement Finder Scope arrived today & although the skies seemed patchy with clouds but I decided to try out SkyAlign. I'll skip on the setting up & levelling of my tripod etc... I soon realised there's a bit of a knack in how to use the Finder Scope, but once I understood how to look through it, I found it quite fun. The only problem was those clouds rolling in.

    I could JUST about see Beetle Juice so slewed my way over only to see it disappear behind cloud... Across to the left & I could see another star. Got it in the centre & 'aligned' to the onboard computer. Approx 20 minutes later, I'd seen Sirius & another star way wayyyy further to my left & hit the align button.

    So, with 3 stars aligned & the computer working on the entries I held my breath... "Match Confirmed". Ok wicked! Since it's one of the only ones I know the name of, Sirius was my first test. A zip to the right, slowing down as we arrived then stop. The scope was pointing in the right direction so I peered into the lens & we were virtually bang on. Slightly left of the centre, but nothing to cause grief & not too bad I thought, especially since I was struggling to align through the clouds.

    Next up I tried Beetle Juice & it was here I found out that its actually called betelgeuse in the database. Live & learn. Right a bit, up a bit, stop a bit & there she was. Just slightly right of centre this time, but again, pretty impressive. It was here the clouds were really beginning to get too dense to make anything out so in my final few moments I just took the time to gaze at betelgeuse. This is where I noticed a very slight clicking noise. Hehe, it's the tracking. Nexi (Just named her) was following betelgeuse.

    I really am going to have fun. Though my new nemesis I think are clouds. Stupid clouds.

    Russ.
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    Took this one last night.

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    Reasonably happy with the result.

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    Me to Russ , good set up .
    I would not rush into AP to fast , a few snap shots of the moon to start with untill you find your feet , as the sky has plenty to show visually .

    They call AP , " the slippery slope to empty pockets " so just take your time , learn , use your sweet scope , read all you can and get out ( when its fine ) and enjoy .

    Oh yes , welcome to the astronomy forums.
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    Well look at that !, just as I finished typing .
    Nice 1st attempt Russ .
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    Took this one last night.

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    Reasonably happy with the result.

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    6 months since my purchase & Green Witch haven't yet provided me with a replacement software CD. I've emailed a couple of times, once just now. Has anyone got any suggestions?

    Russ.

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    Don't forget a good observation chair, if you haven't purchased one, already. It's a big help.

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