This is my first topic in over a month , believe it or not , it has been cloudy in my part of the world for that long!!!
If newbies like me are reading this , and you just bought a nice pair of scopes like i did , and you want to try them as often as you want to,
be patient , VERY patient , i've bee enduring this for more than a month ! I'm pretty sure that the ''experienced ones'' here will laugh a little
bit reading this too!
But these ''cloudy nights'' gave me an opportunity to study my 2 scopes , to collimate them , witch i succeeded pretty good with a laser ,
i saw a chart with 3 drawings showing bad to good collimation (through a collimation cap) and mine was 100% ok , so i was feeling confident
for my next viewing night . I also learned that magnification is not the # 1 priority in astronomy , but a good fov and eye relief will let you
see more things , than full magnification. So i decided to start my next viewing night with my 20mm and switch to the 9mm only. Find my objects
with the 20 and magnify a little more with the 9. Since i bought the Svbony goldline series , i don't have top of the line eyepieces , but decent ones
for that price range , a good way to start for a newbie like me . All of those cloudy nights where educational for me , at least....
And tonight , after a long wait , the sky was completely clear , so i took the dob out an hour before viewing , the forecast was -10 C (14 F) i had
to let it settle at least an hour for it to cool off and then started a little bit with the moon , to try my new polarized filter ( i love it!) , then switched to jupiter , at that point,
i knew the collimation was on the nose , because i've never seen jupiter that beautiful , or was it a very clear night? i doubt it , because there was a
lot of frost on my dob , especially the telrad . I defenitively think that the collimation helped a lot , my focuser was better than usual too .
Then i finally found a nebula , Orion , with the 20mm , i then switched to the 9mm and found that the view was better with the 20mm . the 9mm had a
darker background .
My first deep space object !
For most of you , this must be funny to see so much enthusiasm for such an obvious object like the Orion nebula , but for me , it's the start of
a new quest for other nebulas , star clusters , galaxies....
My next upgrade on my dob is a 2'' EP , i have an eye on this one , any thoughts about it ?
Edited by northernmike, 21 November 2023 - 12:59 AM.