Wednesday, September 28, 2011

1484e 2011/09/28–29

1484e 2011/09/28–29 22:05–22:50 EDT Foxmead POD 8–3 28cmsc

First light of 28cmsc on Celestron CGEM, Clearing was quite unexpected, but I decided to give it a try. It soon became very hazy again, but I managed a few observations.

Jupiter: 127x and 254x Seeing poor.

Deep sky: M45 @ 127x

Double stars: Almach @ 127x

The whole mount needs to be rotated to the right to get closer to Polaris. I also need to loosen the azimuth motion so that I can fine tune the alignment, which needs to be done in daylight when I can see what I'm doing. Things are a bit cramped in the POD with the GEM. The mount is absolutely silent when tracking, but fairly noisy when slewing. I also need to adjust the William focuser, as it is slipping under the weight of the big Nagler eyepieces.

Temperature = 14° C

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