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First look at the Moon for months


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Had a great time this morning for the first time in months without work or weather getting in the way - mainly the weather....

Anyway work up at 6am with a bright blue crystal clear sky poked my head out and saw the Moon in the morning light and thought 'I'll give it a go....'

This was a 'biggie' for two reasons 1) I wanted to test out the optics following a horrendous dropping incident which involved the objective of my Skwatcher 127mm having a nasty series of scratches and crack lines, thankfully not reaching the corrector plate 2) I wanted to try out the adapted electric focusser I'd bodged and adapted from another thread.

Results: Success on both the damage to the objective has had no noticable effect and the focussing is now spot on with pin sharp shadows. So I spent an hour looking at Clavius in a range of magnifications. I even had a good focus and detail with a 3x Barlow and 12.5mm plossel (giving a mag of 360x) way above what is nornally my usual practical limit - the sky conditions, apart from the lack of contrast were perfect.

Yippie I'm one very happy and (sorry) 'over the moon' guy

Rob

PS Sorry meant to say I had very nice views of Clavius JA

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