Posted 22 August 2014 - 10:25 PM
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Posted 23 August 2014 - 05:48 AM
Messing around with my Zixen R130Sf tonight with the CG-4 and the RA drive motor hooked up. It seems to be tracking well. Just wondering, if your looking at M103 what do you see? I see 5 prominent stars with the ES82 8.8 at 73.8X. Should I be seeing more? Do I need to barlow this thing? It's not the greatest night so far but it's clearing nicely. Maybe it will look better later.
Yes, there are five prominent stars, and through a small scope under bright skies that's all that I see. However, there's also a swarm of much fainter stars enveloping the center of the pattern. I would expect them to be visible at 74X through a 5-inch scope, but they certainly wouldn't be prominent. It might well depend on your sky conditions.
Posted 23 August 2014 - 10:15 AM