I just want to apologize in advance to everyone for the upcoming bad weather that we all will be experiencing for the next 2-4 weeks. How can I predict the weather so far in advance, you ask? Well, its simple… it’s called Murphy’s Law! Some call it the curse, but I call it “THE NEW SCOPE ON ITS WAY SNYDROME!” Yup, it is me you all can blame for the terrible conditions about ruin our night sky observing for the rest on the month. But, it was the price I was willing to pay and cure this long time fever. It was hard to say good bye to my beloved Mak, but not that hard. And from time to time I’ll see the little guy when my buddy who bought it from me comes over to do some observing. As soon as the skies clear, I will give a first light report.
So Larry -
Tell us more about this Atlas 10 EQ-G you ordered. So far, it appears that you have a new mount on the way. What are you planning to put on it for an OTA?
Oops, that is a vague description…sorry!
The Atlas 10 EQ-G is an Orion 10” F/4.7 Newtonian OTA mounted on a very beefy, rock solid GEM; I believe it’s the Synta EQ-6., with a load limit of 40lbs! I did not get the GOTO option ($$ ran out), but that will come with time and eventually I’m going try my hand at auto guided long exposure imaging. This setup will be great for both visual and astrophotography. It should cure my fever and keep me busy for awhile... I can hardly wait!
I told you a couple of weeks ago that the "Fever" would catch you.......Common for all astronomers........
One of the next things you will need is a power source.
I bought a Celestron 17 amp Power Tank, off ebay, to power my mount........Since I got it, only had to charge it once......
Much better than using a AA or C battery pack, or running a line to your car's lighter plug.
Here is the link:
You were right Leonard...I had to take a big scope dose to cure my fever and thanks for the power source tip! That is on my to do list as well.
It does have the ports I need to auto guide and I hope it can handle another 6-8lbs for guide scope and cameras, that would put the imaging system right at 35lbs. I'm sure any type of wind would be challenging to say the least, but that will be in the distant future. I'm going to have to take finacial baby steps for a while, unless I hit a big jackpot like Leonard...
ETA for my new toy 8/20/08
I almost went with the CG-5, but it was just a little bit on the light side of what I was wanting achieve for imaging. Take a look HERE This is a great price for that mount.
I got my CG-5 ASGT for $595.00, with free shipping, from Highpoint Scientific a few months ago.................
That is a good price.......................
I think you can upgrade your new one to goto with the addition of a new controller for around $400.00...........If I am reading it right...............
That is correct Leonard, the GOTO upgrade is a $400 hand pad. I'll be on the watch for a good used one as well, along with a PowerTank and a guide scope and a auto guide camera and a imaging camera and filters and and and....will it ever end!
Did you achieve "First Light" yet?
If so, what were your 1st impressions......
I have not had much luck with the weather…I’ve had the scope out 6 times and all occasions were observing through high clouds at best. I did manage to view M13 for about one minute before the clouds rolled back in and I must say it was incredible! My old 5” Mak in ultra clear skies would resolve maybe 50-70 stars, this newt with a 17mm EP and 2 xs Barlow reveals much, much more than I can count! So far I’m very pleased with the way the scope and mount performs, it's very quiet and sturdy. The only good thing about this lousy weather is that I’ve been getting good practice at collimating. I hope when I come down to Coleman next time, I can get some how to tips on collimation.
Drum roll ................................................
Welcome Back, Stranger..........................How was the road trip?
Last week at the coleman star party, I was impressed by a 16" meade light bridge with GOTO............The fellow showed me Uranus through it..............First time I ever looked it it.
Last night at the end of our star party after everyone went home, I found Uranus and Neptune with my 10"............Uranus was an obvious blue green ball.
Neptune was a a small dot. You could tell that it wasn't a star........If it were not for my goto I would never have found it.
Road trip was awesome. Didn't know I'd find snow and 34 degrees in the middle of July, though! 7600 miles of mountains, canyons, desert, and woods. It was amazing. Too bad I couldn't fit my telescope in my trailer! There were some beautiful nights out there, especially in the deserts.
I'm glad to hear you made it back home safely...
Thanks, Larry. Was a great trip, but good to be back.
AOAS.ORG - Forum