Bolton Astronomical Society

Workshop session on 5-Apr
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Author:  rwilkinson [ Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:51 am ]
Post subject:  Workshop session on 5-Apr

This is another or our popular informal sessions for the exchange of experiences with various bits of observing (and imaging) kit.

Please bring along any portable equipment to demonstrate or ask about (and if anyone has collimation-checking tools, they could come in handy too).

I can bring along a demonstration of wireless control of a GoTo mount (from a tablet running SkySafari Plus) and I've believe that at least one of our members will have a "new" telescope to show off, and another has an old one to sell.

The latest forecast suggests that there may be gaps in the clouds, so we may even be able to have a look at Jupiter later on (no shadow transits this time, but we may just catch the Great Red Spot).

Author:  DRatledge [ Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Workshop session on 5-Apr

Hope it went well last night. Did you get any clear spells? It was beautifully clear here in Norfolk - as usual!

Author:  rwilkinson [ Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Workshop session on 5-Apr

Yes David, it was an excellent session - not a large turn-out, but a good mix of novices and experts, and plenty going on.

Cheryl was showing off the SkyMax 127 which she'd just bought from Lesley, and Eric purchased John's 130P at the meeting - it's great to see that equipment going on to enthusiastic new users. And Carl sorted out Andy Nuttall's problem with getting the ASCOM drivers for his QHY camera onto his laptop.

Meanwhile, I spent some time with Luke and his Dad who'd come down from Euxton - they had an old Celestron 114 compound Newtonian (the sort with a spherical mirrror and a corrector-lens in the eyepiece-holder). So I showed them how to set it up on their EQ2 mount, and then soon after 8pm the clouds cleared, so we were able to go outside and try it out for real on Jupiter.
I was surprised how well it worked, once I'd swapped their eyepeice for my 20mm Plossl (and then even added my Parks Optics Barlow-lens). I gave them some tips on how they can improve their system (better eyepeices, finder, and a little drive-motor).

I had intended to take some pictures for our next Newsletter, but completely forgot. Did anyone else get any pictures last night?

Author:  cstone [ Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Workshop session on 5-Apr

We was very fortunate with the weather and my Celestron LCM with the Skywatcher had its first public outing, and seeing Jupiter in Gerald's binoculars was impressive.

I did manage to get some pictures of the evening.

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