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Everything posted by Knighty2112

  1. If i hadn't just bought a new scope I’d would have snapped this up.
  2. Well, its got to be that the Clangers have been spotted on the surface.
  3. FLO’s Clear Outside app saying good for tonight here from 10pm, so hoping to nab Mars in the new scope tonight, and do any final collimation if needed too.
  4. Nice work Reggie. Excellent result mate!
  5. Yes, we all say that too. Astronomy sure does seem to suck that money out of your account!
  6. Used a collimation cap on 6” CC. Secondary mirror was out, so now pretty much smack on from what I can see with my eye. Primary seemed slightly off too with the cap, so tweeeked that slightly too, so now looking more like it. Now just need some clear skies to test it out with again with actual stars etc.
  7. Thanks Chris. Looks like focuser part is OK from what I can see against figure 8 diagrams A/B, but can’t make it out well enough for the diagram C, however I’ll get some stuff later on back off my brother to allow me to test this better. Failing that I’ll aim at Polaris the next clear night & fine tune secondary off that.
  8. Yeah, been advised to do the secondary first, and if needed the primary second. Hopefully all should go well.
  9. Focus 1st on the brightest star you can see if the moon is not available to focus on, and get the star to appear as the sharpest image you will see (you will see the diffraction spikes form the the front mirror as bright lines), but get the star to the sharpest image possible (this should make the star look almost like a pin prick of light), then move on to Mars, Jupiter or Saturn and you should see a much sharper image, however they may be small depending on the EP used and magnification.
  10. Sadly my scope is poorly and out of collimation, so waiting on a response back from FLO.
  11. Finderscope fitted and roughly aligned on farthest chimney! Now testing to see how focuser holds up with EP pulling down on it.
  12. Arrived 1 minute early. Hoping for clear skies which I got unexpectedly last night after midnight.
  13. Well, should be arriving pretty quickly today. Estimated between 9:19 and 10:19, so delivery no; 16 on the list.
  14. Looks nice John. My 6” should land tomorrow at some time. Been mostly a visual observer I thing the stock focuser will do. No plans to step back into astrophotography in any big way.
  15. Yeah, will be the first thing I aim at. Seen some pretty good views already with my existing scopes (jetstream not withstanding), but hoping this one blows them away.
  16. Just pulled the trigger on a Stellalyra 6” f12 CC. Ooops! Now to decide which scope must go to make space for it?
  17. I have a Celestron Mars filter which works a treat. As the atmosphere on Mars can kick up some planet wide dust storms sometimes teasing fine detail out of Mars can be a challenge. Best thing to do with your coloured filters is use them all one at at time and see which one works best. Sometimes a yellow, blue or green filter can tease out more detail too, but which one works best can vary although overall when I view Mars I use the Mars filter which also tones down the brightness of Mars & gives it a nice red hue to boot. Also, take time when observing Mars as sometimes you get better or steadier seeing conditions later on, especially if viewing Mars above where sources of heat can still be sending heat up in the atmosphere to churn it up, like over rooftops, chimneys, etc.
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