What a night!

6 months 1 week ago - 6 months 1 week ago #107339 by lunartic
What a night! was created 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 months 1 week ago #107340 by flt158
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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 months 1 week ago #107341 by RandomPillars
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What a shocker of a night. Chin up Paul.

Sean

"... quit trying to upset and disturb Dr. Venkman..."

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6 months 6 days ago #107346 by Keith g
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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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6 months 4 days ago #107350 by mykc
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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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6 months 4 days ago - 6 months 4 days ago #107354 by lunartic
Replied by lunartic on topic What a night!
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.

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 months 4 days ago #107356 by mykc
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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
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