We did it!
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:26 PM
We didn't have a lot of time so I just found Jupiter in the finderscope and then lined it up, it was off but I was able to find it. My daughter was able to see 4 moons! She also saw some banding. I don't know if it was the conditions (the sky looked clear) or if we need a different eyepiece or a filter or just more practice but I expected it to be more prominent.
She didn't see much of the moon, don't know if it was us or if it was just too bright tonight.
I haven't learned the eq mount yet, too busy getting ready for family coming to visit but I just used the 2 knobs individually and it was no trouble. Only once of switching back and forth between 3 of us did we lose something.
Very exciting stuff.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:40 PM
Remember it won't look like pictures and you will see more detail as you see it more. If you are up very early look for Saturn she will love it.
Hope you get more viewing in.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:48 PM
Glad we tried the other eyepiece, for some reason I forgot the smaller the eyepiece, the larger the magnification. Rookie mistake
Posted 28 December 2012 - 08:50 PM
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:08 PM
Now, wait two weeks for the new moon, go outside and let your eyes get adjusted, put in the low power eyepiece and find the Orion nebula (M42). You'lll really appreciate that 6" aperture then!
Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:37 PM
It's surprising for a lot of people, but, while spectacular at first glance, the full moon is about the least interesting time to look at it. It's dazzlingly bright and the lack of shadows means you can't make out the topography, so the craters and mountains don't stand out. It is fun to project the bright moon onto a handkerchief stretched flat a few inches from the eyepiece - just move the hankie back and forth until the image is sharp. Change the focuser to bring it in focus closer or further away, changing the size of the image.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:47 PM
Good luck seeing Saturn.
Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:48 PM
Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:52 PM
Very gratifying to see the kids excited about astronomy and science!
Posted 28 December 2012 - 10:54 PM
Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:11 AM
To learn how to align your equatorial mount watch this youtube video. If you're in a big hurry then just watch one minute starting at 5:00 although the stuff before that helps explain the benefit of the equatorial mount.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:19 AM
Posted 29 December 2012 - 09:03 AM
Expectation check: the "Great Red Spot" is really more of a "Great salmon pinkish, surprisingly low contrast Spot." It's there, no doubt, and fun to see. Just don't expect the deep red thing that I saw in pictures as a child. Its color has faded some.
Also, there is a 50-50 chance the Great Red Spot will be facing Earth.
I envy you in your stage. Everything is new and exciting! Every view is a new one!
Posted 29 December 2012 - 12:10 PM
I noticed you mentioned the conditions of your observing site.
This will give you an idea.
Pick your State and closest location below.
Here's what the colors mean
Posted 31 December 2012 - 06:16 PM
After a miserable failure the other night, we finally were able to use my daughter's scope tonight and she is thrilled.
You have now successfully created another Astronomer that will join our ranks.
No failure there !