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Old 25-05-2018, 12:16 PM
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Hi Craig,

Might be worthwhile to get some pictures in the meantime while you wait for help.

This is the screen capture of the Skywatcher adapter for 1.25inch and 2inch.
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Old 25-05-2018, 12:39 PM
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This is the screen capture of the Skywatcher adapter for 1.25inch and 2inch.

Thanks Mel, yes, I have both of those installed, tried it only with the 1.25" adapter, then added the 2" adapter, which is more like what I would call an extension tube.


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Old 27-05-2018, 07:44 PM
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A huge thanks goes out to Jeremy, the mirrors were out of alignment, as well as the 20mm eyepiece rattled, and had a missing piece from it. Jeremy collimated the secondary and primary mirror, and lent us a 10mm eyepiece.


We had about 30 minutes of clear sky tonight and were able to see the moon as clear as a crystal, my little girl was squealing with delight, she kept pushing us out the way to look through her scope. She also was quite firm in that she wanted to line up the moon with "her finderscope".


We walked the scope across the road to elderly neighbours, whom couldn't believe how clearly and with so much detail they were able to see the moon. And again my daughter wanted to line up the scope (I was pushed out the way).

Thanks everyone for their help and suggestions.


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Old 27-05-2018, 08:01 PM
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Awesome....well done jeremy
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Old 29-05-2018, 07:25 PM
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Glad it worked out and your daughter had a great time.

Well done to Jeremy for helping out.
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Old 30-05-2018, 08:33 AM
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Fantastic result. I love how she kept pushing you out of the way. Wait for the moon to phase down and keep looking at the skies. It gets better.
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Old 30-05-2018, 08:56 AM
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Fantastic result. I love how she kept pushing you out of the way.
Exactly, she had just gone to bed a little late last night after finishing her homework, and I thought I would see how the sky's were: full moon, large cloud to the right, heading out to sea, clear to the left. Do I, don't I, yes, let's see if she is still awake. You awake? Yes. Do you want to come and have a look outside? YES!!!


Talk about a stampede, and every time I went phwoar, she just pushed me out the way like a rugby player giving a shoulder charge. MOVE!!! (from the depth of sound in her voice I thought I had a son). It made me laugh, and she said, "I know that sound, it means something really good."


The moon was so bright I ended up with a huge reddish blind spot in my eye.



Paige loves her Christmas present, and as a parent, it is fantastic to see her so excited at the beginning of a journey.
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Old 31-05-2018, 03:51 AM
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A very happy story! Time for you and Paige to bring your scope to an astro camp!

Full moon is the time to examine the ejecta rays from the "newer" craters. Tycho, Copernicus, Kepler for example. Did you see them? As the illumination moves away from 100% in the days ahead, the rays become less visible.

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Old 31-05-2018, 08:23 AM
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The moon was so bright I ended up with a huge reddish blind spot in my eye.

If you haven't done so already, a neutral density / polarizing filter might be worth an investment to take a bit of the glare off the full moon - should be less than $25 on ebay. The polarizing type allow you to adjust the brightness level - they're very handy if you're a moon enthusiast.
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Old 31-05-2018, 09:04 AM
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Full moon is the time to examine the ejecta rays from the "newer" craters. Tycho, Copernicus, Kepler for example. Did you see them?
Hi Eric, yes, the ejecta rays were crystal clear to see
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Old 31-05-2018, 09:06 AM
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a neutral density / polarizing filter might be worth an investment to take a bit of the glare off the full moon
Thanks Patrick, we will get one of those, as I wasn't too keen to look again at that much light (wasn't sure what damage it was/may be doing to my eye).


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Old 31-05-2018, 11:11 AM
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It does no harm to your eyes, just look at the moon from about 75-100mm
from the eyepiece, and slowly move up to the eyepiece over about 15secs.
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