Just a brief introduction of myself, and some general observations, yes, pun intended, about my new 9.25 Evolution.
I have been observing the skies since I was 13, and still can feel the chill up my spine upon my first viewing of Saturn through my 60mm, Sears refractor.....I was throughly hooked. I graduated to a Tasco, 60mm, equatorial mount, refractor purchased in the Cave Optical store in LA. That should date me sufficiently. 😊. Moving onward for to 1976, and I purchase the scope of my dreams, the 89mm Questar. I have had many wonderful nights with it at Fremont Peak, in California, and as a primarily visual observer, found it to be a most adequate scope for most of my life. (Felt pretty inadequate after scaling John Dobson's 10 foot ladder to look through his mega light bucket atop Fremont Peak!) With the Questar reference, maybe some old time observers from Fremont Peak will remember me. Yes, I still own the Questar, and cherish all the wonderful celestial memories it has given me.
So, fast forward to Tuesday of this week and my newly delivered Evo 9.25. Living in Atlanta for the past 20 years has presented its observational challenges to me, but it was time to make the jump to light speed, and my "need" for the scope's technology.
First, let me thank everyone on this particular forum for all your insight and recommendations. I have been comparing manufacturers and scope sizes for the past month, and have found this forum to be incredibly helpful.
Second, some general thoughts about my scope, Pegasus. Yes, I like to name inanimate objects, especially one's which enhance my understanding of the world we inhabit.
The scope's aperture is great to work with, and coming from 89mm to 230mm, is a real treat, even if I have had only 1 decent night of observing in 3. Observing Europa's transiting shadow last night, in transparency and seeing conditions bordering on trying to see through the LaBrea tar pits, was very unexpected. At some point in the near further, I do plan on honing my planetary and lunar astrophotography skills, but have a long way to go to even meet the wonderful planetary photos presented in this forum.
The mount is surprisingly stable given the single fork, and with all the positive recommendations for the use of Celestron's suppression pads, scope vibration is truly minimal. With its 3 primary components, tripod, mount and OTA, it is very manageable. Im looking most forward to join some of the local clubs and utilizing their dark sky locations.
I'm dealing with the WIFI, to IPad issues that I've been reading about with great interest here. The delayed responses and overzealous slewing, when the iPad seems to have lost its connection, are disconcerting, but certainly a first world problem that I will work on resolving. Considering the manual world I have come from, with RA and Dec circles, the Evo is still a major technological advancement for me.
It is my goal to become a contributor in whatever way I can on this very energetic forum, in the hopes of fostering continued learning and satisfaction with this wonderful science which I do enjoy so very much. I have read a number of very helpful comments from Peter, so thanks to him, and as I am also a Peter, I will ensure I sign my name as Peter A. to avoid any confusion.
Again, thanks to all, and 10/10 skies to everyone..... Peter A.