Should that dew shield be looser than the objective cap? How would one tighten it?
Spent the night with only the little Orion last night. Did better than I expected on Mars. Tolerated me barlowing a 6mm eyepiece and it didn’t seem like I was wasting time. The planet was noticeably red, where in my reflectors it’s so bright that it’s hard for my eyes to pick up the red. Admittedly I am color deficient. It’s also ok for the moon, I didn’t feel the need for a filter.
That’s where the fun basically ended though. It’s clearly outclassed by everything else I own on deep sky (not a surprise).
The “The ST80 is back” thread was getting me hopeful that some way, somehow I’d be pleased by the view of Andromeda through my 90mm, and it’s barely more than a smudge. Granted I was under bortle 4 skies. I’m hesitant to pull the trigger on the 80, because it doesn’t seem to have the aperture needed to see what I want at the wide field it can provide...
At $20, I’m unlikely to sell. I have an 8x40 illuminated finder that was without a home, it’s now with the 90eq, as the 30mm it came with (seems smaller than any 30mm I've had before though) is terrible. I finally started to actually enjoy using an EQ mount with it also. So, that’s a plus. I’ll use it for short planetary sessions going forward. Would be nice to see how it does on Jupiter and Saturn, hopefully I can get out tonight and sneak that in before they disappear.