Posted 13 October 2013 - 03:24 PM
I loaded the Autostar Suite Astronomer Edition that comes with it, but it only seems to operate in the present time wise, and can't be changed to the future or past. Googling online, I got the impression that the software is used to operate a scope through a computer, and that makes no sense when it came with this scope. (Unless I'm really wrong.)
Why did I buy a beginner's scope? I am a beginner but I'm 70 and can afford to go expensive, but I've read here that those with decades of experience started with minimal equipment, and if they're still at it decades later, that must be the path to follow. Start small and grow.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:25 AM
Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:32 AM
so how would I go about collimating this thing?
The nice thing about refractors is they don't require collimation. In 1 year, that scope will likely be as sharp as it is tonight.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 07:43 PM
Posted 16 October 2013 - 08:26 PM
The mount is as shaky as reported. The red dot finder scope is pretty *BLEEP*. I will have to see if it's worth saving. The scope gives some nice little views especially when using eyepieces from my C8.
It was money well spent in my opinion. The kids love it and have used it nightly since it's arrival. It's nice to have them drag it in the backyard without worries.
Posted 16 October 2013 - 08:47 PM
Posted 17 October 2013 - 03:44 PM
So this little Meade will be tucked safely into its blue Meade Instruments tripod bag and will ride in the trunk as a quick grab and go scope. With any luck, its first light will be Friday's penumbral lunar eclipse.
Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:45 PM
Posted 21 October 2013 - 01:11 AM
Good thing I already have one stashed in the closet for him!
Posted 21 October 2013 - 05:48 AM
Posted 21 October 2013 - 12:19 PM
Shoot, if someone used this just 3 times to look at the moon for 20 minutes, that would be worth 25 bucks alone. For a child that wants to get some lunar views in, this is a great buy.