Sunday, May 22, 2016

#36 - Sunday, May 22, 2016

Finally made it out again, first time in almost exactly a month – the sky was clear, but the seeing was terrible, the moon was full, and goto wasn’t working very well.  Alignment seemed to go just fine, but goto wouldn’t even have the star or object in the view most of the time.  I was going to try and image some brighter DSO, but I couldn’t find any.  I took videos of Jupiter and Mars, but they turned out terrible.  I couldn’t get eyepiece projection to focus, even with just a 25mm eyepiece (I was going to try the 32, but it doesn’t fit in the tube).  So I put the camera on the 2x Barlow instead with no eyepiece, and it still couldn’t quite focus.  I’m still unable to set the ISO apparently for the video – I’ll have to do some further research.  Mars was definitely too bright, and they were both not quite in focus.  I did check collimation beforehand.  So the trip was kind of a bust.   Mars was at opposition, and I’m going to try again tonight with much better seeing conditions with the 8-inch in my front yard.

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