Since another clear night, I wanted to try the ZWO camera with the Meade ETX. There was a slight breeze which made it more comfortable and keep away the mosquitoes. I setup the power for the laptop and the DC adapter for the ETX. I went to plug in the ZWO camera but it wasn’t […]
It has been clear nights all this week so setup the Meade Lightbridge since Jupiter and Saturn are up at sunset and Mars would rise around 10:30 PM. Forgot to check the moon but it was also already up. I also decided to let the kids stay up late since so many targets to view.
The night was clear so figured I could try out the Meade Lightbridge 10” looking at Jupiter. I still had to collimate but getting a lot faster. All four moons were visible and in different positions. Jupiter’s bands were definitely visible. I tried a number of eyepieces. The low (26 mm) and mid (15 mm)
The sky cleared again so setup the LX70 refractor to look at Jupiter. This time was just going to be astrophotography. I got the adapter for the LX70 and Canon setup. Once I connected it to the Canon, I realized why there was only one cover since the cover would protect the camera sensor. Since
The winter and spring had been cloudy or raining on the Saturday nights so hadn’t been able to make it out. But, I did learn how to use a planetarium software called Stellarium which was very helpful to plan an observing attempt. Additionally, I realized I should stop thinking only Saturday night would work for
We had a series of clear nights so I decided to take the Meade LX70 Refractor out for its first light. I was going to try to find the Andromeda Galaxy since I had noticed Cassiopeia overhead a couple of nights before. I setup the refractor and the first issue I had was getting it