I everyone !
My scope came in last thursday , at the same time i arrived from work. I've put it together quite easely,
Al lot of clouds for my first viewing , didn't bother to polar align it , just familiarize with it. Only a couple of clear spots , but rapidly clouding , wich reminded me
why they chosse such a name for this site !
The day after , i had a rough day at work and didn't feel like standing up , but just lay down horizontaly....
But i got the scope out on saturday night , polar aligned it and stared at Polaris for about 20 to 30 min.
Dead center in the middle of my eyepiece for as long as i like! This way , i got to familiarize with my equipement. First , the 25mm eyepiece , then the 10mm,
back to the 25 with the barlow , a finaly the 10mm + barlow. And to my satisfaction , on the horizon , Saturn started to come up , and for the first time , with
my own eyes , not photographs , i saw the rings , then using the 10mm with barlow , i could faintly see some details . Another surprise was coming up from
the left (north east i think) and that was Jupiter. With the 2x barlow and the 25mm ,i could clearly see it. And i could also see , 4 bright star with it in my
eyepiece and sundenly shook my head and said to myself , these aren't stars , but Jupiters's moons! Another first for me.
Now here is my impression of my kit:
1- Like the reviews said (i already knew about it) the EQ2 mount is so-so.I saw a video (small optics) suggesting on putting a hook underneath the tripod tray
and adding weight on the hook to lower the center of gravity. I also tried to keep the legs lower and sit on a chair and that hleps too ,
2- Any suggestions please on a new focuser ? the one that comes with the scope is not grade b, but grade c. With the 25mm , it's barely enough , but with
the 10mm, by the time you got it , the object is already out of the view . Something with dual speed that fits 1,25'' would be neat.
3-My Orion eyepieces are at 52 degree of view and i could hardly see on the side with the 10mm , the view is too narrow compared with the 25mm .
I would like to try those that are 68 degree , like the svbony , i looked at the 15 mm ($55 can) since i have a 25 . But if i have to put a few extra dollars for
something far better , i'm open to suggestions.
4- Overall , this is a nice scope . The reviews said that the parabolic miror was quite impressive for that price range and i have to agree . Of course , with any
good things , comes some ''less good things'' , like the focuser , wich i intend to upgrade in a near future , to make my experience more ''enjoyfull''. For the mount ,
i just have to keep the legs low and try that hook with weights , underneath the tray .For my first scope , i'm very satisfied and I recomend it.
Edited by northernmike, 18 September 2023 - 11:04 PM.