Last updated: 16 September 2004
Subject: First night out with the 90EC Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2004 13:11:54 From: Charles, Charles Nixon, Nixon (email@example.com) Ahhhh.....what can I say except AWESOME!!!!!! The first night I went out with the 90EC was one of the best nights I've had ever. The only one that can compare is maybe the very first night I went out ever. I had found Saturn all by myself through a department store telescope at the age of 8 (I look back and look at the telescope now, and I say "How in the world did I pull that off?") Anyway, back to the 90. First, I did an Alt/Az home position (a controller came free with it!!!) and did a two star alignment. First I went for Alcor/Mizar. Both stars came in to the FOV without me touching it! Plus, I saw for the first time in my life Zeta Ursae Majoris next to Mizar. Next I went to Vega. Again, right in the middle of the eyepiece lens! I was sooooooo happy! (As you know, the 70 had not worked for me [ Just after the warranty had gone up, no less!] and I was happy to finally have a telescope that would work again). After the alignment, I tested it on M13. It was centered, but kind of dim (seeing as New Haven's lights were like a bright bubble in the sky coming from the horizon under it). I was happy nonetheless. Then, my dad let my brother try driving around the sight, so the headlights were interfering alot. I didn't get to see much for a 15 minute block. After this, however, I was able to center on the Andromeda Galaxy. It was breathtaking. I spent a good half hour just looking at it, every so often giving my eye a rest, until my dad said 'time to go'. I was disappointed, but I have a great session to look forward to next time! Charles Nixon firstname.lastname@example.org iChat: astronomer120
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