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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

First Night out with new Camera

Star Trails

Last night was my first night out with my scope and new camera. As it was a school night 🙂 I didn’t go through all the polar alignment and setup, this was just a quick get the scope outside and attached the camera using a T-ring and my 2x Barlow. I didn’t even bother with my motor as I’ve had nothing but trouble trying to use it, though I think it is the mount not the motor that is the issue. First Shot My first […]