Missing: Have you seen…

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OK! so I’m not really missing I’ve just not been around for some time, so though it was time to post something, anything! It seems like one of my most used phrases ‘it’s been awhile’, but finding time to get our with my scope to do any worthwhile astronomy is proving difficult at the moment. When I have time, the weather is bad. When the weather is good, I don’t have the time. This is not helped by living in a big city with very […]

Capturing Orien

Well it has been awhile yet again, where does the time go? Guess that is for another post. Last night (Friday 19th Jan 2018) I braved the cold and went out with my scope, and although it was cold and I was in a highly light polluted area was I was able to study Orion something I have not done for a few years. Although it was cold the skies were clear so I setup my camera and computer, and attempted to capture a better […]

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 […]