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Monday 5th Oct: un-boxing & 1st View
During the day outside I unboxed a Nexstar 8SE (25mm EP) and did a course alignment of the red dot finder. I'm using a TalentCell power bank & that worked well.
I planned to leave the scope outside but rain arrived.
In the evening I attempted to setup the scope in the dark. I misplaced the camping and the OTA fell into the luckily soft lawn. So that's the metal Shell christened 🤔
I did get to see a glorious moon surface. More detail than from my 80EQ firstscope.
Evening 2: Tuesday 6th
Mars was tonight's planned view.
I didn't get on with a skylight so did a solar align on Mars.
Compared to my old scope I've made Mars a brighter White disc with some greyed areas. (25mm & zoom EP)
The worst thing was mars drifted and when I tried Goto the scope went further away. Looking at my setup I found North America rather than U.K. 🤔
Eve 3 Friday 9th
Last night i.used a GPS to add my garden's Long & Lat as well as a time entry using seconds with my iPhone as the visual time aid.
I failed again at the 1st skyalign. The solar planet align was used again.
Mars was the target and my viewing.
It was a bright disc again but with maybe more obvious slightly darker areas.
Mars drifted again even though the scope's Motors could be heard.
I retired a 3 bright object alignment and this time the Nexstar was happy.
I could choose over planets and Goto back to Mars. It wasn't central in the eyepiece but OK
How similar to novice backyard astronomers is my early experience?
I am surprised at the drift in a goto.but hope.that I just need to be better at Skyalign.
The focus setup looks good as Mars out of focus is two perfect circles looking like a doughnut. I didn't observe how an OOF star looked.
****** Bottom line, when the scope fell out of the clamp that 1st day, have I damaged it's function and not just good looks? ******
****** Is drift a sign of inaccurate alignment? *********
ps Not mentioned is my garden is poor for light pollution and with the old scope it became just viewing the moon & Sun I relied on for interest.
Mars did look ok ~2000 we saw a polar cap with the old scope.
Thanks for reading.
I am upgrading my mount for my observatory. I will be doing AP primarily but to be honest, I also enjoy some visual. I need about 30-40kg capacity. I had my heart set on the ridiculously expensive 10 Micron 2000 (coming in a about 12k when you figure all the extras needed). Something seemed wrong about that price....!
I now have an opportunity to get a Mesu 200 Mark II. The mounts engineering looks unquestionable and I have yet to hear anything bad said about these mounts. The price is also very attractive compared to the 10 Micron. My issue is the control. I’m going to be honest - the controller looks rudimentary (and with no screen, controlling from the computer for visual may be annoying). I have no knowledge of Sidereal technology at all. I am very close to purchasing this mount but I would like some feedback on user experience regarding the software and control of the mount. I note the new version will have the Scitech I controller but I thought (perhaps incorrectly that the older version has the II controller). I am not sure if this is significant or not.
Opinions and feedback greatly appreciated.