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Had a fantastic night last Tuesday with awesome views from the garden and a few firsts too - Jupiter, shooting widefield and observing in flipflops! What a treat to have clear skies and no moon during the summer months.

The attached is a single exposure of 30s @ f2.8 and 800 ISO with a 15mm full frame fisheye. By this stage I'd taken several shots of the Milky Way with a few trees to add foreground interest and now fancied a shot of my scope.

I managed to catch a few Perseids during my sess but nothing spectacular. Sod's Law made an unwelcome appearance halfway through my sess when a real fireball flashed overhead about 10 seconds after the shutter clicked shot. Can't win em all, I spose.

Hoping for clear skies again tonight for everyone... :p

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Cracking image John :)

Need to wean that MN of those EP's and get a camera on there instead...

Peter...

I know Peter, but I still can't polar align the b*@¢*y thing! :p

I'm hoping for some advise this weekend at Salisbury that will help get me up and running...

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Lovely picture. You lucky swine, having your scope set up under such a nice dark sky!

The MN190 is a great telescope, though, isn't it? I love mine. It's the second best decision I've made this year.

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I know Peter, but I still can't polar align the b*@¢*y thing! :p

I'm hoping for some advise this weekend at Salisbury that will help get me up and running...

Jon, due to the weight of the ota & loading your mount with the counter balance weights, the standard altitude bolts are very soft, you could say a Mild Steel. Over time they will bend & get stuck into the mount, thus polar alignment will become as issue.

Do yourself a favour & order some of these:

Astrodevelopment Altitude Adjustment Bolts

Their made of Stainless Steel, they won't bend under pressure.

Cheers

Nadeem.

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Thanks for that Nadeem, I'll get on to it next week.

You'll devastated to hear that I've just loaded the 190 into the back of my car wrapped in 2 bin bags to take up to Salisbury. What a way to treat such an awesome scope, I must be mad!

Cheers,

Jon

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