Snuck out tonight because it was the first night with both clear skies and reasonable temps since the last time I went out.
So, Second Light!
I have a faulty RDF (aims high), but I am not going to bother MSimmons about it. I'll figure something else out.
In fact, it wasn't even on the telescope when I brought it outside. Figured I would just learn how to point and shoot with the 25mm. I think a GLP is out for me. Turns out, there is a small airfield not very far from me. Could be two miles as the crow flies. Probably a bit more, but I don't think I want to chance it.
I managed to find Pleiades this time. Wow! There is a lot more going on there than your bare eyes would have you believe! And it is even more beautiful, as a result.
I also managed to find some part of Orion when I was feeling brave and zooming around with the 2x Barlow and the 10mm installed; looking for bunches of bright objects.
Did I just see a nebula? I need to hit these books I got from the library (Turn Left and NightWatch) to make sure, but I think I just saw my first nebula!
SO much to learn!
Polaris is blocked for me, due to a giant walnut tree in my backyard, so I tried to take a look at the Big Dipper. Unfortunately, the lights from my across the street neighbor's house were bouncing right off the lens, so I couldn't see a darned thing. Thanks, neighbors. What are you doing over there? Landing UFOs?
The Super Simple Tripod worked a treat. I think I need to take the legs down about 2 or 3 inches. It was just a touch too high. Easier to cut them down than to build them up, so no big deal.
I think the plastic posterboard light shroud did its job, too. So many stars up there! And so many doubles! I never realized that before. Read it in NightWatch last night, but experienced it tonight. Anyway, the shroud needs a couple of tweaks, but they can wait until the gaffers tape gets here.
In all a good 30 minutes outside. I'd love to have stayed out longer, but I hate the cold.
PS: no glasses is the way to go.
Edited by matthannan, 12 February 2018 - 09:54 PM.