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What a night!

6 days 22 hours ago - 6 days 22 hours ago #107339 by lunartic
How do you know when it is not your night? When you can't find Vega in your finderscope.
I set out before eight with a list of asterisms to observe. I got the alignment right, then suddenly the mount lost power. That's when the fun began.
For the next hour and a half I was frustrated in my attempts to get aligned again. The scope would not slew anywhere near my targets as I tried to get alignment stars. I tried Vega, I could not even find it in the finderscope, even undoing the clutches didn't help.
In the end I just had to give up in frustration.
Without doubt, one of the worst nights I can remember.
It's time to buy a dob.
Paul

Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

Rich Cook
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6 days 2 hours ago #107340 by flt158
Gosh, Paul.
I'm terribly sorry to know of your troubles.
Mind you, I have often said to myself "Paul ought to have a Dobsonian".
I remember you had one.
It just needed to me downsized.
Unfortunately the next bunch of nights are all rainy.

Aubrey.

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6 days 1 hour ago #107341 by RandomPillars
What a shocker of a night. Chin up Paul.

Sean

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If I have a look of disdain and rage on my face, then I'm probably collimating my 12" LB.

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3 days 8 hours ago #107346 by Keith g
We've all been there Paul, there's also the time spent during the day trying to figure out what went wrong. When you think about it, nearly all electronics produced now are massed produced and far too quickly (I've seen it myself at first hand) in production processes, too flimsy for me i'm afraid.

That's why I decided to observe now without any motors or electronics. I set up my APM 120 binos or Williams optics 110mm in 5 minutes, all I gotta worry about is the clouds !

I hope you're back in action soon !

Keith.

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson
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1 day 7 hours ago #107350 by mykc
Hi Paul.

I feel your pain. Any luck sorting out those technical gremlins?

Hope you're back in action soon.
Mike

Celestron 280 mm f/10 SCT
CG-5 mount
Toolbox full of bits n' bobs
Thermal underwear

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23 hours 25 minutes ago - 23 hours 24 minutes ago #107354 by lunartic
Didn't take it out tonight, Mike. Popped the 100mm refractor on the alt az mount and went lunar observing. Caught Lamont and Arago Alpha and Beta, a pair of volcanic domes, Lamont is a very low feature and was happy to have caught it.
I'll try the CG-5 another night.

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Rich Cook

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23 hours 8 minutes ago #107356 by mykc
Glad that you're back making observations Paul. There's a lot to be said for a grab 'n go setup. Mike

Celestron 280 mm f/10 SCT
CG-5 mount
Toolbox full of bits n' bobs
Thermal underwear

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