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Gfamily2 wrote:If you're using auto-align, you will be asked to centre the telescope on two or three named stars, so unless you're familiar with the names of the stars, you'll want to prepare for this. Either buy yourself a planisphere that includes star names, or print yourself a 'star wheel' that includes them (link below).
Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:59 pm
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:08 pm
ThePeltonian wrote:Wow thankyou both for all the information, all I need is my scope now.. It has the supatrak alt azimuth stand and I've heard that the batteries are not much good so will need to source a power pack, although i'm quite good with the old electronics so might just build a basic power pack from some spare motorcycle batteries I have. Hopefully will get it before Saturday, We as a family go camping (myself - my wife and Max my soon to be 12 year old) quite a lot so have rollmats a plenty i'm sure we can give one up for the cause. I have a red torch (bike light) and a star pointer outer green laser, which will come in handy, also purchased a phillips planisphere and have google skymaps on my tablet - but as you say the brightness will affect my own night vision so will experiment I think.
I have met Les who is chair at MSAS a couple of years ago when they were out and about in Wentworth Castle on an evening.
The hoober Observatory is just a few miles away from me, and have visited there before but sadly didn't get to see through the scope they have as it was belting it down..
When I get it I will report back with findings.. Once again thanks for your information and help