Wanted to get a quick look at a big, crescent Venus before it dips behind the Sun on Sunday - only problem? It’s very low in the sky and I don’t have a clear view looking west. The C90 to the rescue!
Loaded the scope and my zoom EP in the little backpack that came with the scope (pretty nice, but be careful removing it as the lens cap tends to get stuck and pop off as you’re pulling it out - don’t want any zippers near that corrector plate!). Threw my Meade lightweight alt-az tripod under one arm, and off I went.
I hiked the 1 mile to the local ball field, with a nice clear western horizon. Watched the sun set as I got my scope together. Took a few minutes to find it, but I finally spied Venus among the wispy clouds and sunset glow. The seeing was horrible - less than 10degs altitude, and that big crescent was shimmering - but it looked good to me. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Venus this big - 49 arc seconds. Snapped a few iPhone photos, watched the planet descend u til it was lost in the clouds hugging the horizon, packed everything up as was back home less than an hour after I left.
I would never ever have done this with a larger scope - the large, no CA view of Venus made it worth my time. I expect my C90 will mostly become a lunar scope once the summer of planets is over - at least until the next time around - but I have seen so much this summer that I never would have seen without this small, quality, no-nonsense slow telescope!