Re: [ap-gto] Re: 400 GTO first use report


Jul 13, 2000

 


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#966 Jul 13, 2000

Wow! I am impressed to say the least.



It took me about 15 minutes to "learn" what I had done wrong in the setup.

Really stupid things like:



swapping the longitude and latitude settings. DUH!



hooking the Y adapter cables into the wrong axis. I figured the shorter one

would go on the RA drive and set this up properly this afternoon but for

some weird reason I reversed them tonight. DUH!



After that and figuring out that I had to move the telescope by hand before

selecting Vega, I was polar aligned good enough for visual in about 10

minutes. I was amazed that it only took about 5 or 6 iterations between Vega

and Polaris and both were falling into the center of the Nagler T5 real

nice. I increased the accuracy by using my Meade 9mm Illuminated reticle

eyepiece another 2 or 3 iterations and bang!



I remembered to only make the adjustment toward center about halfway during

each iteration.



First object:



M13 - placed right in the middle of the fov

M92 - centered in a 6mm Radian!



Took time to increase mag on both and study for some time. I knew the moon

would blow away any chance at the faint fuzzy objects so I basically stayed

with these two globulars.



Waited for the moon to rise above the trees to the south but some pretty

menacing clouds rolled in so I decided to pack it in for the night. Besides,

I have to work tomorrow!



It was worth the wait.



Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I got DSV working on my PowerMac G4/400Mhz under

Virtual PC 3.0 with Windows98. Voice recognition works great with the Apple

Plain Talk Mic and the IBM ViaVoice Headset. Having a little trouble getting

the mic to work on my PowerBook but I'm sure I will figure that out soon.

Now I just need to make that serial cable!



--

Clear Skies!



Mark Jenkins

markj@...

www.pcsincnet.com/astronomy/



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#994 Jul 15, 2000

Right on Mark!! I take it you're one happy camper. I checked with

Marj

regarding the necessary accessories I'll need for using my Vixen on

the 400 and all seems to be "go" and shortly, I'll have "lift off"!

;^) I think I'll have figured everything out before the 130mm

notification arrives....I just got on the list earlier this year.

That

should REALLY be sweet. Enjoy and keep us posted.



Best regards,

Bill



--- In ap-gto@egroups.com, Mark Jenkins markj@p...> wrote:

> Wow! I am impressed to say the least.

>

> It took me about 15 minutes to "learn" what I had done wrong in the

setup.

> Really stupid things like:

>

> swapping the longitude and latitude settings. DUH!

>

> hooking the Y adapter cables into the wrong axis. I figured the

shorter one

> would go on the RA drive and set this up properly this afternoon

but

for

> some weird reason I reversed them tonight. DUH!

>

> After that and figuring out that I had to move the telescope by

hand

before

> selecting Vega, I was polar aligned good enough for visual in about

10

> minutes. I was amazed that it only took about 5 or 6 iterations

between Vega

> and Polaris and both were falling into the center of the Nagler T5

real

> nice. I increased the accuracy by using my Meade 9mm Illuminated

reticle

> eyepiece another 2 or 3 iterations and bang!

>

> I remembered to only make the adjustment toward center about

halfway

during

> each iteration.

>

> First object:

>

> M13 - placed right in the middle of the fov

> M92 - centered in a 6mm Radian!

>

> Took time to increase mag on both and study for some time. I knew

the moon

> would blow away any chance at the faint fuzzy objects so I

basically

stayed

> with these two globulars.

>

> Waited for the moon to rise above the trees to the south but some

pretty

> menacing clouds rolled in so I decided to pack it in for the night.

Besides,

> I have to work tomorrow!

>

> It was worth the wait.

>

> Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I got DSV working on my PowerMac

G4/400Mhz

under

> Virtual PC 3.0 with Windows98. Voice recognition works great with

the Apple

> Plain Talk Mic and the IBM ViaVoice Headset. Having a little

trouble

getting

> the mic to work on my PowerBook but I'm sure I will figure that out

soon.

> Now I just need to make that serial cable!

>

> --

> Clear Skies!

>

> Mark Jenkins

> markj@p...

> www.pcsincnet.com/astronomy/



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#996 Jul 15, 2000

on 7/15/00 6:43 PM, Bill Becker at bbe51@... wrote:

> Right on Mark!! I take it you're one happy camper. I checked with

> Marj

> regarding the necessary accessories I'll need for using my Vixen on

> the 400 and all seems to be "go" and shortly, I'll have "lift off"!

> ;^) I think I'll have figured everything out before the 130mm

> notification arrives....I just got on the list earlier this year.

> That

> should REALLY be sweet. Enjoy and keep us posted.



I will keep you posted. Now if this full moon would stop ruining the clear

skies around here... ;-)



I am anxious to start my dso ccd work with my new setup. Tonight we will be

doing visual. I would normally stay inside on a full moon night but the

400GTO is calling me.... ;-)



--

Mark







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