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 Post subject: Do i need anything else to get me up and running
PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2012 7:36 pm 
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Hi got my first scope. It's a skywatcher 130P AZ goto mount

2x barlow. 25 & 10mm eyepiece.Philips Planisphere because I dont know which star is what.

various software, stellarium and others. cpc 800 flashed to 900 with adapter and ir blocker and a

couple of stacking software.


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 Post subject: Re: Do i need anything else to get me up and running
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:46 am 
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Yes John, some clear sky!

Keep an eye on the predictions in the table on our Activities page:
http://www.boltonastro.org.uk/activites/
looking for an empty circle in the Cloud cover line - tonight's looking good!

Of course at this time of year it never gets properly dark, but you should still be able to catch Mars and Saturn low down in the West around 11pm.

But you can practice capturing data from your webcam in daylight, using a distant TV aerial as a target, so that you'll be more familiar with the system when operating in the dark...


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 Post subject: Re: Do i need anything else to get me up and running
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:16 am 
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Well i popped out in the garden last night about 11'ish, and i thought great, some clear sky and a few stars right up above me.

So i ran in dragged all my tackle out, didn't bother to align anything thought I'll just point at it,
and would you believe it the clouds came over all within 20 mins. I was knackered by the time I threw everything back upstairs, and no luck tonight next door neighbour had security light on all night. :(


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:28 am 
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Yes John, you need to be very canny to take advantage of brief opportunities like that.

I've been waiting for a while to test Steve's MX5C camera with the Society's StarWave ED refractor, so I had it out early yesterday evening and got it all set up using a neighbour's TV aerial:
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Then when it looked as if it was going to rain, I had to bundle it all into the shed. :roll:

But by 10:30 it was looking good, so I got it set up again, and was ready to polar align on Polaris as soon as I could see it. After Sync-ing on Vega, I had the Ring Nebula in the field very quickly, and then had about 20 minutes before the clouds rolled in.
But that was sufficient for my test:
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 Post subject: Re: Do i need anything else to get me up and running
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2012 11:37 am 
You had more luck than i did Ross...
I too anticipated the gap in the clouds & was out at 22.00 letting my scope cool down before attempting anything. Managed to see polaris & align myself. Got my Saturn in my eyepiece & proceeded to swap out the EP for the moded webcam... I only had a corner of saturn (blurry image on the CCD) then totally lost Saturn meaning my polar alignment was off. By the time i recovered it back, the cloud had run back in & the battery driving the GOTO system died.
I got the distinct feeling that it wasnt to be my night.
Undeterred im ready for the next gap in the clouds!!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:36 pm 
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just a quickie, if I looked down my scope, would I see that M57 the same as it appears in the photo?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:57 pm 
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jpinna wrote:
would I see that M57 the same as it appears in the photo?

No, you wouldn't see the colours - but you should see the shape OK (with enough magnification).


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:39 pm 
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@ Ross.....thanks for that.......here's another one....whats these 2 things for on my cover, one of them will pull off..cant find nothing about them in the manual

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thanks john


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 Post subject: Re: Do i need anything else to get me up and running
PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:00 pm 
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Ask Mike Schaffel at our next meeting - he has a funny story about it!

When you remove the small cap, place it over the other "bump" for storage.
And with it removed you have a stop-down mask to reduce the aperture of your 'scope when viewing the very bright Moon or doing solar projection.
Or some users stick AstroSolar film over the back of the hole to make a safe solar-viewing filter.


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