I started out just looking around the sky, mostly was just messing around with it, while feeding all the mosquitos here on my lake,but couldn't get mars nor jupiter or saturn, to focus at all. Thank god i ordered starsense, because getting that thing to align with my data was a PITA. In fact, i never did, I just decided to browse the sky for an hour or so, while battling the mosquitos lol. Fun times, it can't get cooler soon enough here in florida, but don't worry the mosquitos still bite here on the lake when its cold out. So, that will be fun. I had a travel telescope i messed around with, and for the most part tonight, that telescope seemed similar views of mars/jupiter... eg... they just look like circles that are kinda blurry unless i zoom way out, After i install star sense camera tomorrow night, i'll take it out and give it a better go since it'll be aligning itself, and then it'll only be user error or eyepiece error that keeps it from looking like it should.Which i am aware is not perfect unless stacking images etc.. But, i should be able to make out saturns rings with a stock Plossl 25mm piece no? For now, my setup is as follows.
2 inch Diagonal, with the 25mm stock 1.25 in the attachment for it.
I do have a focal reducer on order
Celestron - StarSense AutoAlign - will be here tomorrow
A dew warmer, because it's muggy as anything here.
t ring and t adapter for when i want to connect our t3i canon, assuming i ever get a view!
Question : I ordered a 2 inch diag. from celestron, I'm supposed to remove the stock pieces and then attach it directly to the back of the telescope? i think that's the only way it'd work anyway. Not, sure why i bought the 2inch at this point since i dont have any 2 inch eye pieces, but shrug.. i heard it was better than stock and really good quality.
i did not do any focusing etc.. before i took it out, i just took it out. Tomorrow i'll work on that long range focusing test i see others talking about. Perhaps mars is always supposed to be the size of a ball point pen in the lens, if so maybe that's my issue. I'm in my mid 40s and my eyesight isn't what it used to be. alas, i try tomorrow again.