Had a few minutes last night with the Edmund 3001. Good buddy of mine and his son came over. Don, my buddy, bought a Nexstar 5 from me for his son for Christmas. Brad, the son, is a senior in college, and working in IT or electronics/computers in some way. Great kid. Very excited about the scope. I was going to help him square away collimation, and run over a few things with him. So, dragged the Edmund out to enjoy as well.
Unfortunately, it is a little bit of the blind leading the blind this time of year. Still learning the winter objects, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. The Nexstar made me happy, because I knew it was a nice scope when I sold it to Don, but I was glad to see that it should give him nice views and the go-to and electronics will be fun for Brad too. He is already a camera geek, and has a 3D printer. Should be easy to suck him into this cavern too. LOL. We found Pleiades and Orion with no issue. Anything else we found was unidentified.
The Edmund 3001 with my Brandon Vernonscope 32mm showed Pleiades against a pretty black background with more stars than I remembered. His Nexstar was no slouch, but I think that extra inch and faster scope really makes a difference. The Edmund is still not perfectly collimated, but close enough that when I first centered Pleiades it almost took my breath. I really need to get to know the winter constellations better. When people describe it as "jewels sparkling against black velvet" it sounds pretty, but falls short of actually seeing it in person. Wow!
Orion was beautiful too. I think the imperfect collimation showed itself more easily on Orion. Still very nice, and even with icy fingers and toes it was heart-warming.
My 32mm Brandon gave a ghostly shadow at the edge of the fov as evidence of the slight delamination (if you are familiar with my Brandon). Not enough to take away the joy, but enough to make me wonder if attempting to heat and separate, then re-cement would be worthwhile. I think I will wait until it gets worse before risking what nice performance I get from it now.
Not a terribly long session, but fun to help a friend, and always nice to have clear skies. Hopefully tonight too.
Tried to catch some meteors this morning, but saw nary a one. My neck was getting angry, so gave up and got warm.
Clear skies to the rest of the team!