Some of you may already know this through other means, but I thought I’d better put something up here anyway
After many months of umm-ing and arr-ing (me hearties!) I’ve finally upped and bought myself a telescope. Primarily, I want to be doing astrophotography with the SLR I’ve got, but some of it is bound to be just looking around the heavens for the hell of it, really. I’ve not yet fetched the camera mount for the scope, that’s on its way, hopefully it’ll be in the shop this weekend, so a quick trip to West Bridgeford on Saturday may well be in order.
For those that want the gory details, it’s an Orion Optics Europa 200 Newtonian Reflector. That’s an 8 inch aperture I’ve only had two nights with it so far that haven’t been
The calibration (collimation, it’s properly called) is a long and complex process, basically because of the craziness of the mounts on newtonian reflectors. Have a look at this page for the gory details. They make it sound a lot easier than it actually is – especially as I don’t have a collimating eyepiece or a laser colimator – Hmmmpf
So, last night I got in from work, looking forward to using my nice calibrated scope, when I find that the cloud cover forecast for the whole eveneing was 100% until about 11pm when it dropped to 98% cover. And tonight is even worse as it’s supposed to be 100% cover all night (until 4am, at least).
So, I still have yet to see anything interesting beyond a very blurred Orion Nebula. Bummer.