Posted 14 December 2018 - 06:58 AM
Okay, I super appreciate the feedback! I'll quickly address the replies above and hopefully get a better understanding of what I need to do.
I'd really hate to have to undo all the insulation and toss on a nonconductive layer of insulation, like polyester or possibly felt lining. But let's say I did take off the Reflectix and put it back on over top a layer of felt.
"I did take off the Reflectix and put it back on over top a layer of felt."
(Sorry, I have clearly watched too many Leslie Neilson movies!)
But seriously, if I redid the insulating job, would this actually make a difference, given my environment?
And I will try again, but look at something above 45° and see what results I get. Like I said, the turbulence did settle after an hour, so I think it wasn't just poor seeing, but you're right, I need to completely rule out atmospheric distortion.
I live in an apartment, so I don't have an outside storage, but what I usually do is set the scope in the trunk of my car an hour or so before viewing. It cools pretty well in there. Maybe given my weather conditions, there is no "magic cure" to the tube currents. And I do sometimes travel an hour out of town, as well.
Anyway, thanks again. I'm still getting tons of flack for insulating my OTA, and being told all the harm I'm doing to it, including holding moisture in, which is encouraging mold buildup. I may actually take off the insulation, take it for a test run, and the next similar-in-temp day, take it out exactly the same way, and run the exact same test, but insulated. Take a video, as an example, and show the difference. That would prove to me, as well, that there is something to this insulation idea!