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Astro Imp

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  1. 18 hours ago, Skywatcher130 said:

    One thing I have come to realise is that I should probably make a list of things I would like to look at prior to setting up,

    I've recently started this, when I get the chance of cloud free skies, it makes a huge difference instead of just going for the obvious.

    Sorry for the hijack @cotterless45

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  2. I feel your pain, here in Lincs. we've had fairly clearish skies during the day only for the clouds to roll in as soon as darkness approaches. I've not bothered turning out in the morning but have had an occasional look out only to see cloud.

  3. Hi Greg, congratulations on your new set up.
    When setting up do a rough polar align. Point the mount north (there is usually one leg marked "N") and set the latitude scale to your location. This won't be super accurate but is near enough for visual use. Now when you have a target in view it is only necessary to move the RA to track, you will find you will need a slight adjustment in declination as your polar alignment is only approximate.
    One helpful tip, when you have balanced your scope mark the balance points, I use a small piece of low tack tape. This way there is no need to balance every time you set up.
    Lastly enjoy.

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  4. 10 hours ago, Lurcher said:

    (I hope you're getting on with your S/W Dob ok. I've just taken the motor out of the base again this evening and adjusted the tension bolt once again, in the hope I can finally stop it slipping. Fingers crossed for the next clear sky. . . .).

    Thank you, I'm really enjoying my DOB now. Initially I had to return the base as the noise when it was slewing in azimuth was far too much.  It is now much quieter. I believe @JOC had a similar issue with hers. 
     Enjoy the challenge of the Lunar 100, if like me you will find the first few not too difficult but some of the later features are quite tricky, I seem to have been stuck with about fifteen needed to complete the task for ages. The weather doesn't make it any easier. I have often identified a night to see a particular feature and when that night comes I've been clouded out.

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