I don't know if it's cool to keep posting randomness in this thread, if not, I apologize. With my stepson being the only other person I know who would understand or appreciate any of this, I just like to spout off every so often about how my total beginner status is going.
While hopping about the IIS forums today I discovered how to check and collimate my laser collimator! I wish I could remember whose post it was. Four nails and a piece of wood. Who would've thought! Anyway thank you for that. I know my fancy schmancy laser collimator is off because I collimated my Dob using a chesire/sight tube until I was convinced the thing was spot on. Then I slid in the laser collimator and it missed the mark by a country mile.
We've received our first big rainstorm of the season and you talk about lousy seeing conditions!
I actually got my first full night of sleep in about a week. It's still raining, but I have to do something associated with my new hobby so I'm going to collimate my laser collimator tonight... and maybe wipe the fingerprints off of the tube and shine it up a bit. I may sort my filters according to color, or number. Something. Anything.
I have to say, I feel so welcome here. Reading through some of the threads today was a real enlightening experience. Lots of friendly, generous folks. It's really disappointing that I live in North America and not in your neighborhood. I'd have been at Pony club on the 15th if I'd had to have pushed my scope there in a shopping cart.