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Radiolysis

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  1. Was quite cold yesterday evening with no intentions of serious imaging. while grainy and lacking any detail, I pointed my iPhone 6 into a 25mm eyepiece and got this out of it.
  2. Hehe. Pointing a galaxy S5 into the eyepiece.
  3. They showed up really blurry on the post. I, m not Sur why.
  4. A handful of pics at various magnification.
  5. My wife got some pretty nice image of the moon last night. Hope to upload them soon.
  6. Looked at the moon for about 45 minutes tonight. Stunning as usual. Though I went blind for a few seconds because I forgot to put a filter on the eyepiece for my first peek
  7. The sky portal app is fantastic...when it works. The scope tends to lose connection to my tablet and crash. I don't know if it's just bugs in the app or it doesn't like my tablet. When it does work and I've got it aligned it is damn near spot on when I go to an object selected. There are also a lot of features you can adjust such as slew speed, backlash, and maximum/minimum degree of vertical slew. Optics on the 9.25 are excellent. Standard xlt coatings but nice sharpness with little coma. The mount is also quite beefed up. It is 90 percent metal constructed and the motor is a big s tep up from the SE. The tripod is the heavy duty one that comes with the bigger cpc scopes. overall evolution is a great visual scope. The hyperstar capability and ability to add an eq. Wedge are a nice bonus. There are better scopes of course but with the evolution being essentially a pimped out version of the SE series, you can't go wrong.
  8. Thanks for the link. I've been looking at the moon every night I've been out because she always looks gorgeous. May have come across more frustrated then intended .
  9. Had to battle with thin drifting clouds but Jupiter looked fantastic tonight. Could easily make out the color bands all across the disk and the big 4 moons popped tonight. Even watched the two smaller moons superimpose over one another as the night went on. Observed through a 9.25 SCT.
  10. Since I got my 9.25 scope there is a handful of DSOs I've wanted to observe but with the moon on the verge of being full I can't see squat. Once the moon is out of the horizon at night that's when I'll want to observe it
  11. Oh boy, I'm watching the minutes tick down. Wanting to observe Mars and lagoon nebula and I can see clouds rolling in from the east. Hurry up and get dark already!
  12. There is nothing wrong with a goto mount but should be used as a last resort. There is a great sense of joy and accomplishment when you look up an object on a star chart then find your bearing looking up at the sky and after 10 minutes of fishing around through the eyepiece BAM there it is
  13. After a couple hours of observation under a crystal clear sky last night I decided to go to bed early so I could get my butt up at 3 am for a couple good hrs for observing Jupiter. My alarm goes off I stumble outside and complete overcast. #%*$*?@#$¥
  14. I was out last night for a couple of hours and didn't have any trouble with the front end, though the eyepieces started to fog up. Dew shield is on my list of purchases.
  15. I got the 9.25 and and image quality is great. Orion nebula looked fantastic through just a standard 40 mm plossl. 6 Only issue I have had is the sky portal app crashes on me when connected to the telescope. I don't know if it's a problem with the app itself or my tablet.
  16. Setup the telescope to cool down during sunset and discover my tablet only has 10 percent power left. No problem, I can charge it using the mount. Little things are the best things sometimes .
  17. As I have yet to obtain any astrophotography equipment I managed to get this shot by pointing my camera just right into a 40mm eyepiece. I was suprised how well it turned out considering the highly crude method .
  18. I've always had a fascination with astronomy though ive never actively pursued it. Early this year I had discovered one of my old friends from highschool is a professional astronomer and briefly worked at NASA JPL. This gave me a kick in the pants and I took it upon myself to self teach myself on anything related to astronomical physics and cosmology. My wife gave me a used Nexstar 4se telescope as an anniversary gift. This would be the first telescope I ever owned. Needless to say that first night I gazed upon the hazy glow of Andromeda I was hooked. Two months later and I just got ahold of a new Nexstar Evolution 9.25. I eventually want to get into astrophotography but that will be later down the line. Kicking myself that I didn't get involved in this realm sooner
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