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Jupiter: TAL-1 first light

yeti monster

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I have just, finally, managed to get the briefest of first lights through the TAL.

Jupiter was bright so I dragged the scope outside and aligned it North. Located the planet in the finder, and then focused the finder!

A quick peek through the dustcap/20mm cheapo ED, a nice clear view, obvious banding and 3 moons.

Changinng to the WAs (12mm first), the image was as bright as the cheapo 20m and clearer, when I changed to the 8mm the clouds spoilt the view, fading the planet a lot, but when it reappeared things looked clear still. Barlowing the 8mm was a waste of time I think, but when Jupiter is much higher, then it will be worth while.

As the clouds seriously out number the gaps, I'll leave it until later. If it looks good, I'll be getting the SNT set up to try the new 4mm UWA.

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A fine night had me out with the TAL in the wee small hours, from about 4am. I was just popping out occasionally, watching Jupiter as the sky became lighter. I'm really pleased with how this TAL and the WAs work so well together.

Time to take a look at TAL-1. No. 2:, which so far looks to be all ready to go.....

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