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First night with Baader

Telrad fitted. Baader zoom has to be used in place of the 1.25" focuser, straight into the 2" focuser.

Had a go at collimating first and managed to mess it up. All I could see after pointing at Vega first was a blob of light. Collimated again and was better, but realised it's too far from the secondary mirror. Removed the 1.25" focuser and fitted straight into the 2" one and that's perfect. Need to grease the focuser.

Found Double-Double but was unable to split the 2 stars into 4 at 162x.

Jupiter at 162x fitted 4 moons in the fov and shows nice banding.

Saturn at max zoom a bit fuzzy but still can see the rings very nicely. Forgot to look for Cassini division but probably need Barlow for that.

Was still to bright for Andromeda and was getting late so looked at Mizar but haven't seen the second star, I think. Need to check sky maps. (Turns out my zoom was too big and missed Alcor)

 

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