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  1. Heres mine from yesterday morning. Bit of earthshine visible. This was on my galaxy S8+
  2. I went down the digital setting circle route using a digital rotary encoder and wixey angle gauge for altitude. The write up of the mods i did are here
  3. I think i might of seen that photo or one like it before i bought that scope so luckily i knew to remove the 2" extenstion. Its a pity its shipped like that
  4. Having bought the same scope in the not too distant past i certainly agree with the above post. Please check you have not got both extension pieces fitted as this is how it is shipped. Remove the 2" extention piece and ONLY use the 1.25" extension piece with the supplied 1.25" eye pieces. With this done you will get stunning views of the moon. Your photo of mars is just a very out of focus picture. Mars will appear alot smaller than that and reddish in colour. This is how the size of mars should look through the eye piece. The larger outer blue ring is a 18mm eye piece and the smaller blue ring is 8mm eye piece.
  5. The first scope i had was a celestron 60AZ so a smaller apperture than yours. But even this smaller scope allowed me to see good views of the moon and lots of craters. You will be able to see jupitor and its four main moons. You will know its jupitor as you will see a fuzzy ball with 4 moons laid out around the planet. On a good seeing night you should be able to see the two main bands of jupitor and if your lucky catch a glimpse at saturn (and even make out a ring around the planet ). So plenty to see with this scope.
  6. I would try it out in the day time (do not point it anywhere near the sun) look at a distant object and try to focus on that. You will see how a very small movement of the focuser moves the object in and out of focus i.e. it doesnt take hardly any movement before the object becomes blurry. This way you will get used to using the focuser and different eyepieces during the daylight. With regards Jupiter, even with poor seeing conditions, low in the sky etc I would expect you to be able to see the 4 main moons. I can see them in my cheap pair of 10x50 binoculars (i have seen them the last couple of nights through the binos). So i would suggest a bit of practice with the focuser.
  7. Are you sure you was actually looking at Jupiter? Could you see any of Jupiters moons? This would at least tell you if you have found Jupiter or just a star.
  8. Chefgage

    First time viewing

    I think you might struggle with the orion nebula at this time of the year. At around 10pm it is very low on the horizon.
  9. Chefgage

    Observing report 18-04-2018

    It wont put me off i can guarantee that. As you have said i have observed a varying sky from my location. To be honest last night wasnt as bad as i have seen it in the past. I have also seen alot better
  10. Chefgage

    Observing report 18-04-2018

    I have had one of them FES's I was looking through the eye piece when the FES came around the back of the garage and onto the driveway where i was observing. This must of been its usually patrol route and did not expect to see someone at that hour and at that point shot off bouncing of the fence it sounded like.
  11. Chefgage

    Observing report 18-04-2018

    M65 and M6 were definetly there, very faint mind even when using averted vision. There is quite alot of light pollution in my area. I keep telling myself to be not too ambitious and be happy with what i can actually see.
  12. Chefgage

    Observing report 18-04-2018

    I am basically trying to do a bit of both. I try to star hop wherever possible but sometimes this cannot be done. This is where i let the technology take over and use my push to system.
  13. Checked the clear skies app yesterday morning and it was showing zero cloud for my location from about 7pm onwards. Decided as i had not been out observing for a good couple of months i decided to get the 8" dob ready for action. I had been told by my daughter that according to twitter aliens would be visiting earth that night. So it seemed a good time as any to go out with a telescope and see if i could see any. Well i did not see any aliens but at around 11pm i definetly heard them. I can now confirm to the astronomy and scientific community that the visiting aliens sounded like snuffling hedgehogs In the light of day i now realise that it probable WAS snuffling hedgehogs Now to be serious. I had planned on viewing the leo triplet and M13 in Hercules. I have really bad light pollution, so much so that often i cannot even make out the main stars of many constillations which makes star hopping very difficult. With a few mods to the dob such as an inclimoniter, digital rotary encoder and using sky safari i have been able to overcome this. But last night i wanted to go back to using my rigel quick finder and finderscope to actually do some star hopping rather than relying on the push to method. After getting my eyes used to the dark (as it was) i could just make out Zosma and Chertan in leo. I could then move the finderscope so that Chertan and l Leo were in the field of view. I knew that the leo triplet lies beteen these two stars so by then using a low magnification eye piece I could just make out M65 and M66. I could not make out NGC3628. But I was very happy that i had managed to see both the others in the FOV. I then moved onto M13 but this proved almost impossible as i could hardly make out any stars in Hercules. The north east direction from my location has a light glow in the sky pretty much all year round. I have manged to see M13 before using the push to method but tonight was not about that. So i finished up with a quick look at the M3 globular cluster which was fairly difficult to locate as well. After packing up i noticed jupitor had risen enough that i could have observed it (i thought it would not be visible at that hour due to a house and fence in the way) but at that point i didnt feel like getting the scope back out again. So overall i am happy that i located the leo triplet (or at least two of them) by star hopping.
  14. With another laser collimator of course
  15. You have got me thinking now. Its been a awile since i have checked to see if mine is still collimated. It never gets bumped/knocked so should be ok but i will make a point of checking this week. The one thing that never works for me is the star test. I just never see the rings or possibly i am and i expect to see them more clearer??

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