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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. With another laser collimator of course
  10. 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??
  11. When i first did mine i used a combination of the astrobaby method and the link posted above. It seemed an overly complicated thing to do this collimation magic, but after taking my time with each step it went ok. I am sure i saw a definate inprovement after collimating but of cause that could have just been the seeing conditions It was the adjustment of the secondary that proved most difficult. When having the secondary where i wanted it and then tightning up it would move. I had to compensate for this by haveing the secondary slightly out of place so that when it was tightened it moved to where i wanted it.
  12. Chefgage

    need help

    Glad you are getting somewhere with your scope. This was my first telescope that i had. With a bit of patience and fairly light poluted skies i could make out the two main bands of jupitor. On one memorable night i got a good look at saturn and could just make out the division between the ring and the planet. The 3x barlow is useless with the 60az scope, leave that in the box. The 25mm eye piece is actually quite good and i use it in my 8" reflector. The 4mm eye piece is usefull as long as the seeing conditions permit it. Make sure you line up the finderscope with the telescope properly as this will help you find targets much easier. I didnt to start with and soon became frustrated. It is recomended you do this in the daytime (NOT pointed any where near the sun) and focus on a distant object. I do this by focusing on a church spire (this is only about 1/4 mile away but its the only thing at distance i can see from my garden).
  13. I have a 200p and it does not take up that much room. The OTA points upright when in its 'parked' position so the whole scope and bases footprint is just about the diameter of the base. There is no need to store the scope and base separetly. And i would not recomend doing that anyway. Yes the handles stick out but these can be removed when stored. Surley it could be stored in a corner somewhere????
  14. Chefgage

    App recommendations?

    I very usefull thing i find using skysafari is the ability to set field of view circles based on the equipment you are using. That way what is shown inside the circle on sky safari is what you will see through your eye piece
  15. Chefgage

    Cloud cover

    I use a combination of the clear outside app (very detailed) and also XC weather which gives you a percentage of cloud cover. Both sources more than often dont agree but at least it gives you a rough idea.

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