My humble 127, Auto 2 star align, and a clear sky
Posted 31 March 2013 - 01:20 AM
Initially I sought out M42 and it was close to centered, went from a 32mm, to the 25 and then added the 2X Barlow. Nice view, very pleased.
After that I typed in Jupiter and bang. Almost dead center again. I tested the tracking, 20 minutes and still centered. 45 minutes, still centered. It tracked very well for nearly 2 hours. Finally my girlfriend came home. I shut it off and started it up again so she could learn the aligment method. She picked it up quickly, successfully aligned on the first try. Now it was after 1:00 am so she chose Saturn. We had never seen it before. It slewed almost perfectly to the target, she focussed and just said, "WOW!!!". Amazing. We're loving this scope so far.
Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:17 AM
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Posted 31 March 2013 - 12:07 PM
Posted 31 March 2013 - 02:02 PM
I have clouds here the last couple of days, but if the nearly-full Moon is still near Saturn like it was earlier in the week, you will be even more impressed once the Moon and Saturn are further apart, and the Moon is not as illuminated. Well, for Saturn itself it doesn't matter as much -- but some of the moons of Saturn may also show up without a nearly-full Moon.
On Thursday, Saturn was near the (basically) full Moon, and I could still see Titan and Rhea (plus *very* faintly and only occasionally also Tethys, using averted vision) with an 8" in suburbia, shortly after Saturn-rise (through a significant amount of atmosphere, in other words). Not sure what the 127 is (127 mm, or ~5 inch?), but I would guess that you can probably get Titan and Rhea if you look in more favorable conditions (no full moon, longer after Saturn-rise, darker sky). Of course, the main attraction will always be the rings, though, and rightfully so Glad you had a great time; I wish you many more!
Posted 31 March 2013 - 04:52 PM
Posted 31 March 2013 - 07:05 PM
Thank you for the compliment on the NexImage 5 I hope to soon get Saturn (probably sometime in the next week or so), and probably Wednesday the IO transit (hopefully, if clouds stay away). It finally is starting to get decent outside again (ie, fewer clouds), I'm excited to get some more images taken, now that the snowstorm is gone and the rain we have today is hopefully moving along I did get Saturn last Thursday with the 'scope, but not with the NexImage 5; that was just a quick one to impress the kids. Next time I get Saturn, it will be with the NexImage I also need to get the obvious Moon target with the NexImage 5...
Posted 08 April 2013 - 02:56 PM
I replaced the red dot finder with a Celestron 8x50,
The red dot front reflection plate is so dark only the brightest Stars are impossible.
Optics are fantastic and the scope has become my Grab and Go. favorite.
Posted 25 April 2013 - 12:41 AM