Good news: I received my Celestron Nextar SE 6!
Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:10 PM
Bad news: Did not see anything!!!!
I pointed the Moon, and used a 25mm lense. I saw a "light". I adjusted the focuser knob for several minutes, and was never able to get a clear picture of the Moon. Actually, there was no way of knowing it was the Moon. Is it the telescope, or is it me? I guess it's me. The sky was beautiful all night, until 5 minutes within my observation session. The clouds took over the sky in a record time. And there was also a record number of bugs in the air. A lot of cars and people distracting me constantly. It seemed that everything was conspiring to make my life miserable.
Posted 16 June 2013 - 10:19 PM
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 03:06 AM
How did you do your aligning? or did you just turn it on and slew around?
Posted 17 June 2013 - 11:50 AM
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 09:46 PM
There was nothing wrong with the mirror alignment, after all. As suggested by someone in this thread, I first practiced on targets in the daylight. I turned the focuser long enough until I saw a clear image of an object.
I have not had the opportunity to set up the computer and the finder, so it was tough turning around the tripod and adjusting the scope until I saw the object I wanted to view.
Thanks to everyone!!
Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:25 AM
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Posted 19 June 2013 - 04:49 PM
In any case, I added the tripod to the computer and the power pack. Way too heavy. The best way working for me is: I put the tripod and the chair on the back of the bike, which worked already, the computer and power pack in the backpack, and a little bag that I carry on my shoulder that contains the telescope and eyepieces.
Posted 19 June 2013 - 04:51 PM
Get the expanse 6mm eyepiece so you can see Saturn up close.
So tempting! I will be looking for second-hand for that.