6SE First Light
Posted 19 November 2012 - 10:21 PM
I couldn't get it focused like I wanted in the 20 or the 5 XW, but it could be due to being on the wooden porch, the neighbor's 100 gazillion watt porch light or who knows.
I'm going to put in the driveway tomorrow and give it another go. I'm thinking about an eye patch too, so I don't have to keep one eye closed!
I think tomorrow, if the clouds stay away will be sweet, and I will be able to look at some other stuff. I'm thinking about Pleiades, they looked good in the binos..
Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:12 PM
The solution to both of these issues is to wait and observe Jupiter later in the evening.
As for other targets, the Pleiades is often underwhelming in a C6, it's simply too big. Try the double cluster in Perseus (NGC 884/869) (high overhead), M15 in Pegasus (in the west), and early in the evening if you have a clear Western horizon M57 in Lyra (low in the north west). And of course if you are waiting on Jupiter a bit the great nebula in Orion (M42) will also have risen enough for a great view.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 03:30 AM
Additional 11 mag stars E and F obvious in my 8 inch when sky's are steady, yet to check them out on the 6SE, will need some power, a fun challenge.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:54 AM
Congrats on the new scope and thanks for the first light report! I think Mark has hit on the likely problems so hopefully you'll have better luck with Jupiter next time.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:52 PM
Better luck next time.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:57 PM
I won't be able to tomorrow, but I think if I went to darker skies that would certainly help. Don't get me wrong, yesterday was fine, and today was better. I had a good time either way.
I even checked out the moon and did some hopping around. I'm starting to learn the sky a little so that is nice as well.
I will say the laser finder that comes with the 6se is not so impressive.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 12:13 PM
Welcome! You can probably put that 5mm EP away and leave it there. The 6SE has just too small an aperature to get enough light into that high power EP. I have a 6mm and can almost never get anything useable in it with my 6SE. With my 8mm, I can, on very rare occassions use it with the 6SE. But pretty rare. I have a 13mm and it works very well and of course so does my 25mm.
Yes, the finder is basically a cheap toy. I did use mine for a long time, nut it finally broke off and to be truthful, I don't miss it. I now use a green laser pointer as a finder. Saves on the neck and back!
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:06 PM
Posted 01 December 2012 - 07:01 AM
Caught a rare transit last evening, as IO and it's shadow we're close together. Had heavy haze but near zenith the shadow was easy.
Sky Safari alerted me of the event.
Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:42 AM
Congrats on catching the io transit. They are wonderful events to observe. It's an extra bonus when you have the shadow as well. Not checked what time it would have been from your location, but it would have been around 03.00/06.00 approx in the morning here in the U.K. After seeing one, it make you hungry for more.
I intended to watch the Eurpoa transit between 20.00 and 22.00 approx on the 29th (evening before the io transit) but the weather beat me.
I also used SkySafari to alert me.