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Jiggy 67

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  1. Sorry @Jasonb your photo caused me think you were on about the primary collimation I also leave the locking screws loose, just resting against the plate as tightening them can cause you to chase your tail trying to collimate as John says i’m pretty sure that storing the scope upright on the primary collimation screws would cause you to lose collimation slightly, I don’t know if there is a right or wrong way but I wouldn’t be comfortable storing it the other way up with the primary pointing downwards fighting gravity...but that’s just me. I collimate every time I move the s
  2. No you don’t tighten the collimation screws, they are adjustment screws, you tighten the lock screws once you’re happy with your collimation. Just tighten the lock screws hand tight and expect to collimate regularly. I always store mine upright on the primary end
  3. Amazing, looks like mine after a 2 star alignment and a couple of whiskys Happy 30th
  4. Wow, that’s a serious workout respect I have the same mount but I wouldn’t attempt to lift it, even stripping it down at 1am is too much so I leave it out on a semi permanent basis under a tg cover....also saves on polar alignment
  5. +1 for the Baader Wonder Fluid, it’s excellent
  6. Checked out NGC2169 tonight on your recommendation @Spile A lovely little open cluster, can’t believe I’ve not seen it before. Also Struve 848, not sure whether this is a triple or a double, or even a quadruple, there’s a tight companion next to the primary but two other stars forming a triangle, can’t seem to find anywhere to confirm these are gravitionally bound though
  7. Nicely done, a ready made observing list for tonight I think
  8. Thanks Mak. My favorite of the night was definitely 54 Leonis. If you get a chance have a look, especially with the full moon’s glare as a back drop...stunning!!
  9. I'm sure you're all aware of the full moon at the moment. I went out last night with 100ED refractor and the moon was high in the East and extremely bright. So double stars were the target. I did consider some open clusters but I had tried a couple the night before and even they weren't at their best in the glare of the moon. So doubles it was. I've started just using my zoom ep for doubles, with the occasional Vixen 4mm for closer separations but the zoom saves a lot of ep changes and fov isn't really a consideration for double stars. I started with HD5005 in Cassiopeia which is actually
  10. I was out observing last night but the moon was so bright it was making the whole exercise a bit pointless. I don’t observe the moon very often but , as it was full I turned the scope to it. Might as well take a photo so this was taken through a 100ED with a 24mm Zoom ep and a polarizing filter fitted. Handheld IPhone 11 held to the eyepiece. Other than being cropped, little else has been done. I think luck has more to do with the result than anything else.....
  11. Just carrying on from Derek’s last post on the defunct spring star party thread......Looks like we may be good to go with no restrictions for this event
  12. What a nightmare!!.....Welcome to the forum btw
  13. I have often considered taking up AP, it’s something I’ve thought about for when I retire and have more time early next year. I have been a visual observer for years and I love it. The last few months have been challenging, constant and relentless cloud which has made visual observations difficult let alone AP. It’s a situation that can only worsen as climate change predicts wetter weather in the UK which obviously means more clouds. I think I’ll be sticking to visual for the foreseeable
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