(Since Bad Astronomy is already taken.) The clouds lifted for the first time in 2 weeks in NJ, so Srini came over last night for some stargazing. We saw some good stuff but it was also frustrating. We saw Jupiter and Saturn but Mars was already too low down for us to catch. I had several problems with my gear:
- I had decided earlier in the week to get over my fear of collimation and just do it. I think I ended up worse off than when I started. Especially with the high-powered eyepieces I couldn’t really get stuff in focus. This may have been due to the weather. I’ll have to try again with the collimation.
- I couldn’t get my new Barlow lens to work at all – I ended up with an image that couldn’t be focused. Again, not sure if this is due to the collimation issue above or not.
- We managed to get Jupiter into the viewfinder of the NexImage camera for a brief moment but a) it was moving too fast to keep in frame and b) it was just a blazing white dot.
Looks like I need to go back to the manuals for all these things and see where I went wrong. Still, it was fun to see what we could, and the view through Srini’s ETX-90 was very nice too.