So it's happened!
I've got a scope.
My initial intentions of getting a small refractor were well and truly side-swiped by RobH on here doing me a corking deal on his ST120.
Having thrown in some extras including the dovetail and scope rings, a basic electronic focuser, an old EQ3 mount and a couple of eye pieces within the price I came away a very happy bunny.
Obviously the ST120 is is a BIT bigger than the ST80 size I was intending and certainly not what I consider suitable to go in hand luggage but it was too good a deal to pass up and gets me started.
So I put the scope on my new EQ3 mount and was ready to rock.
Obviously as a result it was cloudy that night. :rolleyes:
There was no chance to try proper polar alignment as there were almost no stars visible due to the cloud.
I pointed the tripod leg North as indicated and pretty much winged it.
I christened the loss of my telescope 'virginity' with a quick look see at the moon.
It's bright isn't it!
Someone has obviously turbo charged it in the past as it fairly rocked out of view in my eye-piece.
Between the cloud banks I was kept happily entertained for about an hour.
The need to get up stupid early for work on Saturday morning closed play early but the latest obsession begins.
Bamus on here has just accepted some beer tokens for a 2" T-adaptor.
I just need a DSLR and camera ring now and I can confuse myself even more.