My First Sky Tour

Stacked Images of Jupiter (24.03.2017)

It made a change for there to be good weather on a weekend, so I took the opportunity to get out with my scope and new mount. Using a GoTo mount to help find the fainter objects makes such a difference, especially in a high light polluted area like where I live. I started the night observing the double star Mizar, in Ursa Major. With the weather being so good, I took the opportunity to setup my DSLR in the hope of getting some practice […]

New Mounts First Night Out

New Mounts First Night

Last night saw the first clear skies since receiving all the bits for my new Skywatcher AZ GoTo mount, meaning it was time to give the mount its first outing. I didn’t intend to do any serious gazing, so didn’t bother with levelling the mount, I just put in on our patio and off I went. I used my new Skywatcher PowerTank for power and my old scope tube, saving myself a bit of money. It only took a few minutes to get everything setup, […]

A Retrospective Review

Skywatcher Explorer 130P

Having recently decided to upgrade my Skywatcher EQ2 mount, I thought it was a good time to look back at the pros and cons along with my experience using the mount. Initial Impressions I remember thinking this looks sturdy being made of solid metal My initial impressions when I opened my scope were good, though never having owned my own scope and only having a brief go on a friend’s scope, I had little to compare it to. I remember thinking this looks sturdy being […]

New Mount Ordered

SkyWatcher AZ SyncScan GoTo

It has been a while since my last outing with my scope, this was due to poor weather, lack of time and the big problem my EQ2 not working correctly taking the fun out of it. One of the problems was that one of the leg clamps, being plastic cracked, meaning the tri-pod could no longer be used at its full extended height. This in itself was not a problem and was more than likely due to being over tightened, as not extending the tri-pod […]

A Night Under the Stars

Cabin with Stars thumb

Last night was the first night this holiday clear enough to make setting up my scope worthwhile, and an amazing night it turns out to be. As the night drew on and the temperature dropped, the sky seemed to get clearer and the stars began to shine. Andromeda I’ve tried on several occasions to photograph the Andromeda galaxy through my scope, but again it alluded me… I was sure I could see it with the naked eye, and even checking Stellarium several times didn’t help. […]