Well, tonight was my first night with the newly sent out OneSky, and I was only out there for about 45 minutes, but I had a blast. I was waiting on Jupiter to rise and so I had a blast looking at the Orion Nebula (always one of my first go-to targets) and used Sirius to help match up my RDF. Works like a charm. Man, that RDF is awesome when it's lined up properly. But doh! As I'm sitting here I remembered I accidentally left it on and had to run into the other room and turn it off. I can tell I'm going to need to buy backup batteries for that in the dozens, lol! But I got it lined up and it's working great.
I do totally get what you're saying about the focuser being a little bit of a pain to twist. I think somebody suggested Olive Oil... is that ok to use on it or will it eventually crust up? If there's another kind of oil I can snag at Lowes let me know. Whatever's the best for long term use.
I kept trying to find all the Messier objects but I honestly have no clue what I'm looking at. M42 is obviously easy because it's in Orion's sword, but I couldn't find any other object similar to it where my sky map told me to look. I may have seen it but just didn't know what I was looking at. It might have something to do with me being in the city with lights all around. I'd have to drive about 25 minutes away to get anywhere near dark, and trust me, after doing that during the Geminid meteor shower and hearing the wolves howl all around me, it's not somewhere I want to be alone. I did it last weekend because it was special, but throwing a camera in the car when you hear the howl of wolves about a mile away is simple and quick compared to a telescope with eyepieces and gadgets and gizmos, lol! Let's just say though, that was the fastest I've ever gotten in my car at any time in my life, haha! And I still didn't get one photo of a meteor
Finally Jupiter came up and I put in the 10mm and was floored. I had tried a different table this time and there was less shake, and I could see the storm patterns!!! I can't wait to get a Barlow!!! I was floored. I could just make them out. Couldn't tell you where the red spot was but it was amazing to see that!
So again Mike, I can't thank you enough! I am one happy gal! I just wish I wasn't the only person apparently in my city that was into astronomy. There is no astronomy club near me, and there is one park that does put on an astronomy night, but it's rare. Even the nearest observatory is at least 1-3 hours away from me But I'll keep looking.
All in all though, this one definitely gets a thumbs up. Really happy with it. Will definitely recommend it to anyone looking to buy one!