Got a meade infinity 102mm with research / recommendations from this site. Was cheaper in the usa (im from toronto canada) so picked it up this past weekend when i met up with friends on a mini vacation in catskill mountains, ny.
The area is known to have dark skies, except for the duration of our trip the moon was full and bright in that area.
I assembled our new telescope in the hopes of getting the kids (12 yr old and 6 yr old boy) excited. Got the finder scope aligned fairly quickly.
on the first night, half the sky was cloudy. But we thought we’d check out the moon, i had ordered a meade 13 percent moon filter also, so on it went with the 26mm EP. moon was easy to find through finder and scope was well aligned.
First impression, wow! Beautiful clear view of moon. Great views. Not much detail because it was too bright but the edges of moon showed mountains and i had a ear to ear grin. Kids cheked it out and were fascinated but the cold night got to them.
i stayed out for an hour more and saw arcturus and vega. Both were viewed as white stars. But still fun. The next 2 nights it was cloudy and now im waiting for a clear night in toronto,
tried out the 9mm Ep and the 6.3 mm Eps that came with the scope....
a bunch of questions for you guys....
1) do all higher zoom lenses have small Exit pupil? Because i wasnt impressed with the 9mm and 6.3 mm EPs. Its like looking at the sky through a straw. Recommendations?
2) is there a proper way to use the finderscope? It came with a red dot scope and i found myself looking at the red dot from different angles while pointing scope to vega. I realized im not doing this right.
3) never realized how fast the earth spins.... trying to keep a star in view was not easy. I have to admit i was clumsy with the adjustments. I think that will take practice.
Will appreciate your help
Edited by R0llllin, 21 May 2019 - 12:36 AM.