Last updated: 19 August 2003
Subject: etx-125 the moon & mars at 460x Sent: Monday, August 18, 2003 06:18:43 From: email@example.com (Howard Fink) New York, August 15, 3:30am. The city is still dark, and has been without power for nearly 12 hours. I look out my bedroom window, and see the moon and mars. It's now or never, and I get up and set up my etx-125 on the windowsill. All the books say don't use a telescope out a window, but conditions are perfect: the temperature is identical indoors and out, and no fans or air conditioners blowing hot air around. My finder scope is broken, so I tried to sweep to find mars with a 26mm eyepiece. I couldn't find it! I could barely find the moon! So, I took out the eyepiece, and looked straight at the mirror, until I spotted something bright, and put the 26mm back in to catch mars in the field. Then I centered mars, and started a power run-up: 12.5mm, 9mm, and finally a 4mm japanese orthoscopic eyepiece I'd never used before. Mars was spectacular. Both icecaps were visible, and dark and light areas. It was the first time I could see detail on the planet, and I used the manual control to keep it in view. After about a half-hour, mars was about to be eclipsed by a building, so I turned to the moon, and had the greatest views ever. Howard Fink
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