The views this afternoon were very encouraging.
The views tonight weren't bad, but, I think other frustrating issues are hiding much of the potential.
First of all, my old Velbon camera tripod does a good job for its intended purpose. On the other hand, it doesn't cut it as a platform for astronomical use. Has anyone mounted a C90 on an EQ-1? Stable enough? As anyone might guess, I'd like this to be my travel scope, the mount will need to be small and portable, too.
With a focal length of 1000mm, I'm going to need a method of finding targets. At last years ScopeOut, I picked up an aluminum-bodied red-dot finder normally mounted on firearms, I forget the brand name. This seems like the best option, or I could always fall back to a green laser pointer. It would be easy to make a GLP adapter for the empty finder bracket.
It's cold out tonight, below freezing. Trying to twist the focuser puts a lot of force on the tripod and the target gets lost. I'm sure the focuser is lubed with that syrup stuff popular with scope importers.
Finally, I wasn't out there for long, but I suspect the collimation is a bit off.
So far, I think this will work out great after some effort is put in.