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 Night Under the Stars

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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. […]

Supermoon Solar Eclipse

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It was said to be a once in a lifetime event… technically not true as there will be one in 2033 but I didn’t want to risk missing this opportunity to see something this rare, so I set my alarm and waited. I was up and outside by 3:05am, I had decided not to set my scope up on this occasion. The moon was already blood red and almost totally eclipsed, it was a real treat to see.┬áThe below photo was taken with my DSLR […]

Polar Alignment… a practice

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As there was a short break in the cloud cover this evening, I thought I would take advantage and see if I could polar align my scope correctly following issues at the AstroCamp the weekend before. Having read many guides and watch lots of videos, the first thing I did was set align my scope tripod north using a compass. This was followed by leveling the tripod using a bubble level, with the right equipment this is a fairly straightforward process. Once I was happy […]