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 […]

My Second Society AstroCamp

AstroCamp

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been out with my scope, for any decent observing. The last time was at the spring AstroCamp way back in April. It felt really good to get out there with my scope, new camera and laptop all together for the first time.   This was the first time I have had chance to really use my DSLR and laptop to test out what I was hoping would be some decent astrophotography. Using my bubble level to level my tripod, then […]

Jupiter Moon Transit

It’s been a very long time since I was last out with my scope… hence the lack of blog posts but on Saturday morning, I made the effort to get up at 4am to see the transit of 3 of Jupiters moons. Having packed the car ready the night before, thankfully it was just a case of getting up and ready then heading off. I had arranged to meet some other members of my astro society at a local park to ensure we had a […]

Is it a bird? A plane? No it’s Supermoon!

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Finally, I got out with my scope last night (14th July) for a very short time to observe this weekends supermoon! This was the first time I got to really give my new mount head and motor a good test run, and I am glad to say it went great. I managed to track to moon almost perfectly, like before I think not being able to perfectly polar align my scope does mean over a long period of time the scope would go out of […]